Intelligence Policy Center

180th Fighter Wing Intelligence Briefing

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The Intelligence Policy Center (IPC) helps clients understand the changing role of intelligence in warfighting and master the rapidly evolving intelligence environment. Intelligence today has the ability to create the conditions for preventing, preempting, and deterring adversaries. IPC helps its clients assess and identify current and emerging national security threats, improve intelligence integration and dissemination, improve intelligence planning and decisionmaking, and manage the intelligence community workforce. IPC's research provides a solid foundation for interpreting foreign political, cultural, and military developments and then swiftly responding to them.

Research Focus Areas

Assessing and Identifying National Security threats

Today's national security threats, such as terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, are more fragmented than were those of the past. IPC helps clients assess, identify, locate, track, and evaluate current and emerging threats as well as the risks they pose to the United States and its allies. IPC also alerts its clients to the cognitive, cultural, organizational, technological, or other internal impediments that can hinder early identification of threats, and IPC guides its clients toward intelligence sources that can expedite such identification.

Improving Intelligence Integration and Dissemination

New forms of intelligence collection, analysis, and integration can help prevent, preempt, and deter adversaries. A whole new suite of intelligence instruments—sensors, fusion tools, and social media analysis tools can transform warfighting, but only if they are tailored to operational needs and conditions. IPC helps clients understand the rapidly changing role of intelligence, the latest and most promising ways to collect and analyze information, and the most effective ways to provide and portray it to policymakers.

Improving Intelligence Planning and Decisionmaking

Intelligence agency directors can use adaptive planning processes to think through acquisition reforms, workforce management challenges, systems engineering priorities, outsourcing options, and other strategic management questions. IPC can steer clients through the adaptive planning processes, which can enhance agency agility and responsiveness to a range of ever-evolving challenges, from illicit terrorist financing to growing threats from China and Russia to the swelling oceans of data from commercial satellite imagery.

Managing the Intelligence Community Workforce

The burgeoning demand for intelligence capabilities and the sweeping organizational changes within intelligence agencies portend major disruptions for the intelligence community workforce. Human capabilities must be rebuilt to meet current and future needs. IPC can point the way toward effectively managing the intelligence workforce lifecycle, which will entail both a complex set of tradeoffs among requirements, resources, and capabilities and a willingness to accept risk and technological innovation.

Sponsors

Our clients include

  • Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • U.S. Pacific Command

Inquiries about the Intelligence Policy Center or its activities can be directed to:

John Parachini
Director, Intelligence Policy Center
RAND Corporation
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
(703) 413-1100 ext. 5579
John_Parachini@rand.org