The National Intelligence Estimate Process

Bill Lahneman.

Unlike other intelligence reports, which focus on current intelligence, National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) are forward-looking assessments – they contain “national intelligence” because they are the product of extensive analysis representing the collective efforts of the entire intelligence community. They are “estimates” because they estimate what an entire “puzzle” looks like, even though the analysts producing the NIE may not possess all pieces of information. This module offers a history of NIE authority, as well as their functions and responsibilities, and the contemporary objections to NIE today.

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Keywords: National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs), national intelligence, estimates, analysis

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