Federal Bureau of Investigation
Common name Federal Bureau of Investigation
Abbreviation FBI
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The Directorate of Intelligence (DI) is a division of the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. DOI leads the FBI's dedicated national intelligence workforce, with authority and responsibility over all FBI intelligence functions, including information sharing policy and intelligence analysis for national security, homeland security, and law enforcement needs. The Directorate carries out its functions through embedded intelligence elements at FBI Headquarters and in each field division. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, CTD's funding and manpower have significantly increased.

The Directorate of Intelligence consists of intelligence analysts, language analysts, physical surveillance specialists, and FBI special agents. DI also oversees field intelligence operations through Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) housed within the various local field offices.

Leadership[edit | edit source]

The Directorate of Intelligence is headed by an Assistant Director, who reports to the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI National Security Branch. The current Assistant Director is Eric Velez-Villar, who was appointed by FBI Director Robert Muller on March 5, 2012.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The Directorate of Intelligence traces its history to the wake of the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. Intelligence anayslsis began as a dedicated section within the FBI Counterterrorism Division (CTD) in 2001, which quickly evolved into an Office of Intelligence within CTD in 2002. The 9/11 Commission recommended strengthening the role intelligence played within the FBI's structure. Following the passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, United States Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the established a dedicated intelligence unit separate from the CTD. The Directorate of Intelligence was formally established in 2005. The Directorate, along with the CTD, the FBI Counterintelligence Division, and the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, was placed within the newly estalished FBI National Security Branch in 2006.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Quick Facts". Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://www.fbi.gov/quickfacts.htm. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. Eric Velez-Villar Named Assistant Director of the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence FBI National Press Office, 2012-03-05

External links[edit | edit source]

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