The President's Daily Brief: All-Source Intelligence for the President

The President’s Daily Brief: All-Source Intelligence for the President

The Directorate of Analysis: The CIA’s Analytical Branch

The Directorate of Analysis is the analytical branch of the CIA. It is responsible for the production and dissemination of all-source analysis on key foreign issues. The Directorate is divided into four regional analytic groups, six groups for transnational issues, and two support units.

The President’s Daily Brief is a top-secret document that is prepared every day by the Directorate of Analysis for the president of the United States. It includes all-source intelligence analysis on key national security issues. The directorate also prepares other products such as intelligence assessments and briefings.

What does the Directorate of Analysis do?

  • Analyze intelligence, international politics, military threats, and more.
  • Look for similarities and make connections between facts to complete the narrative.
  • Assist our country’s decision-makers in gaining crucial information that influences policy.

The Directorate’s four regional analytic groups are responsible for producing analysis on the regions of the world that they cover.

The Office of Middle East and North Africa Analysis (MENA) produces all-source analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. The office has five regional analysts, who focus on countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco/Western Sahara, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The Office of South Asia Analysis (OSA) produces all-source analysis on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It has two regional analysts who focus exclusively on these countries. OSA also has a country analyst for India and four cross-country analysts who focus on issues such as terrorism or nuclear security.

The Office of Russian and European Analysis (OREA) is responsible for producing all-source analysis on Russia and Europe. It has six regional analysts who focus on countries including Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy/San Marino/, Poland, Romania/Moldova/, Spain/Andorra/, Switzerland/Liechtenstein/, Ukraine.

The Office of Asian Pacific Latin American and African Analysis (APLAA) produces all-source analysis on East Asia (including China), South Asia (excluding Pakistan), Latin America (excluding Mexico), and Africa (excluding North Africa). It has nine regional analysts who focus on issues such as politics, economics, and security.

The Directorate of Analysis also has six groups for transnational issues, which are responsible for producing all-source analysis on specific topics such as terrorism or weapons proliferation.

The Office of Terrorism Analysis (OTA) is responsible for all-source analysis on terrorism. It has a senior analyst who oversees the office’s work and five subject matter experts who focus on different regions or topics.

The Office of Transnational Issues (OTI) is responsible for all-source analysis on issues that transcend national boundaries, such as organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and money laundering. It has a senior analyst who oversees the office’s work and six subject matter experts who focus on different regions or topics.

The CIA Crime and Narcotics Center (CNC) is responsible for producing all-source analysis on illegal drugs and organized crime. It has a global network of analysts who focus on regions including the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.

The Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC) is responsible for producing all-source analysis on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missile proliferation. It has a global network of analysts who focus on regions including the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Russia/Eurasia, East Asia, and South Asia.

The Counterintelligence Center Analysis Group (CICAG) is responsible for producing all-source analysis on foreign intelligence services. It has a global network of analysts who focus on regions including the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Russia/Eurasia.

The Information Operations Center Analysis Group (IOCAG) is responsible for producing all-source analysis on information operations (IO). It has a global network of analysts who focus on regions including the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Russia/Eurasia.

The Directorate of Analysis also has two support units.

Office of Collection Strategies and Analysis is responsible for developing and implementing the CIA’s collection strategy. It has a senior analyst who oversees the office’s work and four analysts who focus on different regions or topics.

Office of Policy Support is responsible for providing policy support to the Directorates of Operations, Science and Technology, and Administration. It has a deputy director who oversees the office’s work, a team of policy analysts, and a team of research assistants.

The Directorate of Analysis has a workforce of over 1000 people with over 185 analysts who produce all-source analysis on the world’s most important issues. They are located in the United States and around the world, including in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, and Tbilisi plus 40 other countries.

What does the future of the directorate of analysis look like?

The future of the Directorate of Analysis looks bright. The CIA has a dedicated workforce who are committed to producing all-source analysis on the world’s most important issues. The Directorate of Analysis is also expanding its workforce to include more analysts who focus on regions such as East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and Africa. This will help to ensure that the directorate of analysis is able to provide all-source analysis on the most important issues facing the United States and the world.

In conclusion, the Directorate of Analysis is a vital part of the CIA and plays a key role in producing all-source analysis on important topics such as terrorism, weapons proliferation, and organized crime. It has a talented workforce who are committed to their work and are expanding their reach to include more analysts who focus on different regions around the world. The future looks bright for the directorate of analysis, and I am confident that it will continue to play a key role in providing all-source analysis on important issues facing the United States and the world.

Thank you for reading, and be sure to check out our other blog posts for more information on subject such as – Military Intelligence: What You Need to Know and Foreign Instrumentation Signals Intelligence (FISINT): The Ultimate Spy Tool


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