The Intelligence Community’s primary mission is to collect and convey the essential information that the president and members of the policymaking, law enforcement and military communities require to execute their appointed duties.

It used to be that conventional military threats were all the United States had to worry about. Today, we live in a much more complex world where security concerns are less straightforward and more global in nature. The Intelligence Community needs employees with specialized knowledge and skills to protect America against:

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Terrorism is premeditated, politically motivated violence against state or civilian targets carried out by subnational groups or clandestine agents intended as a protest or coercive act.

Proliferation is the provision of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons and/or technology by countries that possess them to ones that do not.

Chemical warfare is the military use of chemicals, other than explosives, as weapons that result in incapacitation or death. It’s the impact of a chemical’s effect that distinguishes chemical weapons from conventional weapons.

Biological warfare is the deliberate use of pathogens or toxins for military or terrorist purposes.

Examples of information infrastructure attacks include Web page defacements and denial-of-service attacks.

Illegal drug trafficking inflicts violence on our communities, and its profits can be used to fund other illegal or terrorist activities. IC member agencies support local and state law enforcement in their efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking.

Counterintelligence seeks to identify, understand, prioritize and counteract the intelligence threats from foreign powers directed toward the United States. Counterintelligence is more than simply catching spies (counterespionage); it is concerned with understanding, and possibly neutralizing, all aspects of foreign intelligence operations.