The Seven Step Intelligence Process

Bill Lahneman.

The purpose of the intelligence process is to provide policy makers with timely, accurate, and relevant finished intelligence products. It is useful to express this process as a cycle with seven steps; Requirements, Collection, Processing and Exploitation, Analysis and Production, Dissemination, Consumption, and Feedback. In today’s security environment, there is an endless and complex array of information, making it infeasible for intelligence agencies with limited resources to cover every possible threat with equal attention. Each component of the cycle is vital to investigating, understanding, and addressing the modern security landscape in a thorough and efficient manner.

Keywords: Analysis, collection, consumption, dissemination, feedback, information, intelligence cycle, intelligence process, processing, requirements, security, seven steps

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