See our fascinating new display in the library on the 16 intelligence agencies of the executive branch that are directed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The mission of the ODNI is to “lead intelligence integration [and to] forge an intelligence community that delivers the most insightful intelligence possible.” Agencies work independently as well as collaboratively to gather and assess intelligence data to further national security and foreign relations. All of these agencies are guided by a number of statutes, directives and executive orders.
Two major compendiums collect all the current intelligence laws in a single volume; both are on reserve and are available at the Circulation Desk:
For an overview of the U.S. Intelligence community, see:
Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, by Mark M. Lowenthal.