FBI Strategy

Managing an organization as large and complex as the FBI requires a definitive idea of where we are now and where we hope to be in five years, 10 years, and 20 years. That’s where our strategy comes in. The FBI strategy enables Bureau leaders and managers to define and pursue objectives crucial to mission success, prioritize resources to achieve those objectives, track progress along the way, address gaps when identified, and, most importantly, deliver consistent results.

The FBI strategy is periodically reviewed and adapted to align with the changing threat landscape and organizational climate.

Strategy Elements


Our mission encompasses all that we do as an organization—protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Mission Priorities

Our mission priorities assist us to determine where to focus our efforts and resources in order to mitigate threats and move toward accomplishing our vision. The eight mission priorities outline how we protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. The following questions were considered when determining our mission priorities:

  • What are those realities that most threaten the security of the United States?
  • What are the threats to our way of life that the American people need the FBI to address first?
  • To what degree do the threats fall most exclusively within the FBI’s jurisdiction and competencies?

Core Values

Our core values—respect, integrity, accountability, leadership, diversity, compassion, fairness, and rigorous obedience to the Constitution—are the foundation of our organization and should be incorporated into everything we do.

Guiding Principles

Our four guiding principles—people, partnerships, process, and innovation—help us organize the changes needed to accomplish our vision.

Enterprise Objectives

Our enterprise objectives are where we need to focus over the next three to five years to move the FBI forward. Our enterprise objectives each align to one of the guiding principles.


As we build momentum around our enterprise objectives, we will better accomplish our mission and begin to achieve our vision. Our vision is where we want to be: Ahead of the Threat.

The graphic above communicates the independent strategy elements and depicts how they relate to one another. It also reflects the ideals upheld by our global workforce through several visual components. The continuous ribbon is without boundaries and is a symbol of strength and solidarity. The ribbon is made of platinum—a strong, durable, rare, and valuable metal that doesn’t erode over time. The colors are those associated with justice and come from the FBI seal. (View larger | Download)

Our Four Guiding Principles


  • Promote a Culture of Development and Resilience: The FBI will focus on developmental experiences that address professional gaps, promote resiliency, and facilitate a more agile workforce.
  • Assemble Diverse Teams: The FBI will assemble teams with differing backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge, integrating a wide-range of perspectives to inform decision-making.
  • Cultivate Leadership and Mentorship: The FBI will promote leadership opportunities, ensure the process is fair, and cultivate leaders with personal humility and professional will.
  • Recruit for the Future: The FBI will refine its recruiting practices to increase diversity, anticipate workforce needs, and hire exceptional talent.


  • Integrate Meaningful Partnerships: The FBI will strengthen, expand, and develop mutually beneficial relationships through liaison activities to better achieve the mission and support our partners.
  • Improve Information Sharing: The FBI will establish and maintain methods and practices to enhance engagement, coordination, and information sharing with internal and external partners.
  • Increase Community Engagement: The FBI will build on joint capabilities, promote public safety, and engage with community partners.


  • Strengthen Confidence and Trust: The FBI will adhere to the rule of law through attention to detail, adherence to policy, and ensuring we do the right thing in the right way.
  • Enhance Rigor and Accountability: The FBI will ensure all employees adhere to the FBI’s core values, focusing on personal accountability through ownership of one’s behaviors and actions as organization representatives.
  • Align Resources to Priorities: The FBI will align resources to the highest priorities through the formulation of enterprise risks, threats, and strategies.


  • Foster Innovation and Creativity: The FBI will invest people and resources to identify, facilitate, and advance innovative and creative solutions.
  • Enhance Data Capabilities and Digital Expertise: The FBI will prioritize employee digital literacy and improve data collection, accessibility, and analysis to better understand, anticipate, and mitigate threats.
  • Promote User-Driven Technology: The FBI will provide secure and productive work environments by investing in user-focused applications, infrastructure, networks, and services.