The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community (IC). It was formed in 1979. According to its official website:
The NIC's goal is to provide policymakers with the best information: unvarnished, unbiased and without regard to whether the analytic judgments conform to current U.S. policy.
One of the NICs most important analytical projects is a Global Trends report produced for the incoming US president. The report is delivered to the incoming president between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and it assesses critical drivers and scenarios for global trends with an approximate time horizon of fifteen years. The Global Trends analysis provides a basis for long-range strategic policy assessment for the White House and the intelligence community. The NIC's most recent Global Trends report, "Global Trends: Paradox of Progress" was released in January 2017.
On February 2, 2007, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Intelligence Council released the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)--"'Prospects for Iraq's Stability: A Challenging Road Ahead' Unclassified Key Judgments".
The NIC has a Chairman and Vice Chairman, as well as a Vice Chairman for Evaluation, a Director of Strategic Plans and Outreach, a Director of Analysis and Production Staff, a Special Adviser, and National Intelligence Officers (NIOs) and Deputy National Intelligence Officer for each of the following areas and subject matters:
|Name||Term start||Term end||President|
|Richard Lehman||1979||1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Henry Rowen||July 8, 1981||September 1983||Ronald Reagan|
|Robert Gates||September 1983||April 18, 1986|
|Frank Horton III||September 1986||September 1987|
|Fritz Ermarth||1988||January 20, 1993|
|George H. W. Bush|
|Joseph Nye||February 20, 1993||September 15, 1994||Bill Clinton|
|Christine Williams||September 15, 1994||June 1, 1995|
|Richard N. Cooper||June 1, 1995||January 1997|
|John C. Gannon||July 22, 1997||June 2001|
|George W. Bush|
|John L. Helgerson||August 3, 2001||April 26, 2002|
|Robert Hutchings||February 2003||January 2005|
|Thomas Fingar||June 13, 2005||December 1, 2008|
|Peter Lavoy||December 1, 2008||July 6, 2009|
|Chris Kojm||July 6, 2009||July 2014|
|Greg Treverton||September 8, 2014||October 28, 2016|
|Amy McAuliffe||October 28, 2016||present|
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