National Intelligence Council

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The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community (IC). It was formed in 1979. According to its official website:

The NIC's goal is to provide policymakers with the best information: unvarnished, unbiased and without regard to whether the analytic judgments conform to current U.S. policy.

One of the NICs most important analytical projects is a Global Trends report produced for the incoming US president. The report is delivered to the incoming president between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and it assesses critical drivers and scenarios for global trends with an approximate time horizon of fifteen years. The Global Trends analysis provides a basis for long-range strategic policy assessment for the White House and the intelligence community. The NIC's most recent Global Trends report, "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds" was released in December 2012.[1]

On February 2, 2007, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Intelligence Council released the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)—"'Prospects for Iraq's Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead' Unclassified Key Judgments".[2]


The NIC has a Chairman and Vice Chairman, as well as a Vice Chairman for Evaluation, a Director of Strategic Plans and Outreach, a Director of Analysis and Production Staff, a Special Adviser, and National Intelligence Officers (NIOs) and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for each of the following areas and subject matters:

List of Chairs[edit]

Name Term start Term end President
Richard Lehman 1979 1981 Jimmy Carter
Henry Rowen July 8, 1981 September 1983 Ronald Reagan
Robert Gates September 1983 April 18, 1986
Frank Horton III September 1986 September 1987
Fritz Ermarth 1988 January 20, 1993
George H. W. Bush
Joseph Nye February 20, 1993 September 15, 1994 Bill Clinton
Christine Williams September 15, 1994 June 1, 1995
Richard N. Cooper June 1, 1995 January 1997
John C. Gannon July 22, 1997 June 2001
George W. Bush
John L. Helgerson August 3, 2001 April 26, 2002
Robert Hutchings February 2003 January 2005
Thomas Fingar June 13, 2005 December 1, 2008
Peter Lavoy December 1, 2008 July 6, 2009
Barack Obama
Christopher A. Kojm July 6, 2009 July 2014
Gregory Treverton September 8, 2014 present


  1. ^ "Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds", Scribd
  2. ^ Iraq National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) - "Prospects for Iraq's Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead" Unclassified Key Judgments.

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