US intelligence agencies

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1According to Lowenthal, collecting data provides information that is used inmaking decisions. When collecting data, requirements have to beidentified. Requirements are those interests which involve some risk or likelihood of anational security event and are usually a threat or some issue of vital importance orpriority to an administration. Identifying requirements means defining those policy issuesor areas to which intelligence is expected to make a contribution, as well as decisionsabout which of these issues has priority over the others (Lwenthal, p. Chapter 4).American intelligence agencies currently take their cue from a dynamic (semiannuallyupdated) document called the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF), and itserves as the DNIs guidance to the IC on priorities approved by the President (such aswhich foreign nations to focus upon). The NIPF guides prioritization over the operation,planning, and programming of U.S. intelligence analysis and collection. All intelligencerequirements for collection are and must be based on and traceable to the NIPF.One can surmise that perfect collection is not possible. It is impossible to covereverything; and no

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