RELEASE: The Intelligence Community’s Lack of Business Insights Are Harming Its Mission, CAP Analysis Finds

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. intelligence community (IC) is woefully behind when it comes to tracking and understanding the value of the work it produces, leaving an $81.5 billion enterprise unable to make informed decisions about how best to allocate resources, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress.

The CAP issue brief urges the IC to harness the power of business analytics to improve the performance of its mission. It explains why the IC is late to adopt modern business intelligence practices and makes the case that the IC should invest in developing its own sophisticated business analytics standards and methodology before it spends billions to acquire new systems and technologies.

Without these insights, the issue brief says, the IC is essentially flying blind. It tracks almost no data about those who consume intelligence, including the president and his or her national security team, policymakers, law

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