Simply defined, intelligence is information that has been analyzed and refined so that it is useful to policymakers in making decisions—specifically, decisions about potential threats to national security.
The FBI and the other organizations that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community use the term “intelligence” in three different ways:
- Intelligence is a product that consists of information that has been refined to meet the needs of policymakers;
- Intelligence is also a process through which that information is identified, collected, and analyzed; and,
- Intelligence refers to both the individual organizations that shape raw data into a finished intelligence product for the benefit of decision makers and the larger community of these organizations.