The FBI uses intelligence to drive its decision-making. The information we get through intelligence gathering and sharing guides us in our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.
The FBI’s Intelligence Branch (IB) supports intelligence operations across our field offices and Headquarters divisions by managing our intelligence strategy, resources, policies, and programs. The IB also engages with the FBI’s partners in the intelligence, law enforcement, private sector, and academic communities.
Gathering intelligence has always been critical to fulfilling the FBI’s mission. Some techniques we use to do this include interviews, wiretaps, and data analysis.
While the need for intelligence hasn’t changed, the threats confronting the country have evolved—and we’re constantly adapting to combat the threats we’re facing at home and abroad.
Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties
Regardless of the intelligence-gathering technique, the FBI follows all laws, policies, and procedures designed to protect the privacy of the American people.
Intelligence collection is governed by:
- The attorney general’s guidelines
- Procedures for national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection
- The U.S. Constitution
- Federal law
- Established criminal procedures
- Authorities controlled by U.S. courts.
“I was walking through a courtyard down at Quantico. And I spotted a small engraved stone ... The stone had an engraving of the Twin Towers, and underneath the engraving were the words, ‘Intelligence Matters.’”
The FBI is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC)—a group of 17 federal agencies that collect intelligence. In addition to using intelligence to investigate and solve cases, the FBI shares it with other members of the IC who may be able to use the information.
The FBI often shares intelligence with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. Our Office of Partner Engagement works with the law enforcement community to build strategic partnerships, enhance capabilities, and support critical information sharing.
Through our Office of Private Sector, the FBI regularly shares information with the U.S. private sector and educational institutions to help them stay ahead of threats and mitigate the risks posed by criminals, terrorists, and nation-state actors. This collaboration helps protect our economic and national security.
The FBI's intelligence workforce includes:
- Special agents
- Intelligence analysts
- Language analysts
- Staff operations specialists
- Data scientists and analysts
- Professional staff
To learn more about intelligence careers in the FBI, visit fbijobs.gov.
Tackling the Cyber Threat Through Partnerships and Innovation
FBI Director Christopher Wray’s remarks at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts
Dangerous Partners: Big Tech and Beijing
Statement by Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director Clyde E. Wallace before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Responding Effectively to the Chinese Economic Espionage Threat
FBI Director Christopher Wray’s remarks at the Department of Justice China Initiative Conference, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Why We Do the Job: Lessons from 9/11 for New Agents and Intelligence Analysts
FBI Director Christopher Wray’s remarks at the first FBI Basic Field Training Course visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City, New York
Statement by Director Christopher Wray before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Related FBI Programs
The Office of Private Sector (OPS) aligns and coordinates key outreach programs within the FBI, focusing on meaningful dialogue and engagement with private sector partners.
National Virtual Translation Center
The National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is an FBI-managed federal government center that provides timely, accurate, and cost-effective translations for the U.S. government.
FBI Global Command and Communications Center
The Strategic Information and Operations Center, or SIOC, is the FBI’s global command and communications center.