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Our Mission

Deliver and coordinate timely, objective intelligence that advances U.S. diplomacy.


  • Our officers have an average of 14+ years on their accounts.
  • Employees in INR are proficient in over 70 different languages.
  • 451 Employees
    • 69% Civil service
    • 16% Foreign service
    • 15% Other Employees (contractors, detailees, interns)

Connecting Communities and Experts

INR’s Office of Analytic Outreach conducts analytic outreach to experts from the private sector, academia, and NGOs. We hold over 100 analytic exchanges each year featuring hundreds of experts from several sectors who inform thousands of policymakers and officials.

Intelligence Coordination

INR coordinates with the Intelligence Community (IC) to ensure intelligence activities – collection and operations – support and are informed by foreign policy. We represent the Department’s interest in the formulation of intelligence policy.

Informing Policy

  • 13 analytic offices
  • 9 functional and policy offices
  • 24/7 intelligence support provided by INR WATCH
  • 2,200 formal products produced annually
  • Thousands of briefings and consultations provided each year

Delivering Secure Computing and Technology

INR’s Technology and Innovation Office manages and operates the Department’s secure networking and computing functions around the world.

Providing Unique Services

The Office of the Geographer and Global Issues provides intelligence support on humanitarian, environmental, democracy, human rights, and rule of law. We also represent the U.S. government in geographic, mapping, and international boundary forums.

Offices within the Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Front Office and Bureau-wide Support

INR Front Office (INR/FO): Guides support to the Secretary of State on all intelligence matters and activities; ensures that intelligence operations provide the Secretary and Department principals with timely current intelligence and objective analyses on all critical foreign policy priorities; oversees internal INR administrative, operational, and professional development activities; and represents the Department within the Intelligence Community (IC).

Office of the Executive Director (INR/EX): Responsible for INR budget and financial management; human resources; bureau strategic planning, performance monitoring and evaluation; government-wide representation; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) programs and policies; security; general services; and crisis planning and management.

Office of Analytic Outreach (INR/AO): Leads the IC in implementing Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 205 on analytic outreach. Co-chairs the National Intelligence Analysis Board’s Analytic Outreach Committee with the National Intelligence Council (NIC) to implement ICD 205 across the IC. INR/AO conducts analytic exchanges (seminars), co-sponsors analytic exchanges and research projects, and provides Executive Branch officials and intelligence analysts with opportunities to benefit from private sector expertise, research, and analysis on foreign policy and national security issues. INR/AO also manages the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).

Technology and Innovation Office (INR/TIO): Provides full-spectrum, critical Top Secret IT support to INR, the Department, and the IC through a broad range of innovative services, capabilities, and solutions. TIO oversees and manages access, security, procurement, design, development, and deployment of the Department’s TS/SCI fabric. The Director of INR TIO serves as the Department’s IC Chief Information Officer and reports directly to INR’s Assistant Secretary.

INR Watch: Co-located with the State Department Operations Center, serves as State’s 24-hour intelligence nerve center. Members of the Watch are intelligence sentinels for the Department, working to inform State Department principals of late breaking intelligence on current events and priority policy issues.

Intelligence and Policy Coordination Offices

Office of Consular and Management Liaison (INR/CML): Primary liaison for INR intelligence support to the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Liaison with the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). INR/CML coordinates the Department’s personnel, financial, administrative, and other management support to the IC.

Office of Cyber Affairs and Emerging Technology (INR/CET): Conducts analysis, researches and briefs Department principals on cyber and emerging technology issues, policies, and operations of foreign countries and non-state actors, and coordinates policymaker review of cyber-related operations.

Office of Intelligence Operations and Oversight (INR/OPS): Ensures foreign policy oversight of sensitive intelligence and counterintelligence operations, including Supply Chain Risk Management and Department of Defense (DoD) Special Activities. Collaborates with ambassadors and deputy chiefs of mission, the Office of the Inspector General, the Intelligence Oversight Board, and Congress on intelligence oversight matters. INR/OPS also serves as a resource for biographic information on foreign leaders.

Policy and Sharing Center (INR/PSC): Coordinates input to ODNI and DoD policy documents to ensure they accurately represent the Department’s views. Also coordinates approval to share intelligence and State-derived information in engagements with foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the public, ensuring all sharing activities are consistent with U.S. foreign policy objectives. INR/PSC represents the Department at interagency fora responsible for issues pertaining to intelligence policy processes and privacy, civil liberties, and transparency.

Office of Technical Collection Affairs (INR/TCA): Provides support and expertise to INR analysts and Department policymakers on tasking technical intelligence systems and ensuring that technical intelligence activities overseas are conducted in accordance with foreign policy objectives.

Analytic Offices

Office of Analysis for Africa (INR/AF): Conducts research and analysis, and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, social, and other issues in Africa.

Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (INR/EAP): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, social, and other issues in the East Asia and Pacific region.

Office of Economic Analysis (INR/ECON): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on current and longer-range issues involving international economic issues, energy, trade and investment, unfair business practices, industrial policy, high-tech industries, international financial markets, illicit finance, and sanctions.

Office of Analysis for Europe (INR/EUR): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, social, and other issues concerning Europe.

Office of the Geographer and Global Issues (INR/GGI): Conducts research, analysis, and briefs Department principals on a range of transboundary issues, as well as on environment and sustainable development, humanitarian crises and refugees, UN affairs, human rights, food and water security, climate change, global health, human and wildlife trafficking, and war crimes. GGI’s Geographic Information Unit provides digital mapping, cartographic guidance and support, and boundary and sovereignty analysis and research. The Humanitarian Information Unit provides analysis and graphics on humanitarian challenges and complex emergencies worldwide. The State Department Geographer is the Director of GGI and the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI).

Office of Analytic Integration (INR/INT): Production: Manages the INR analytic production process and ensures compliance with IC analytic tradecraft standards. Mission Integration: Includes research, open-source intelligence support, international partnership engagements, and tradecraft standards, including the INR Analytic Ombudsperson. This function upholds IC Analytic Standards and safeguards objectivity in intelligence analysis. Executive Support: Ensures the State Department’s most senior leaders have access to the intelligence they need on foreign policy and national security priorities.

Office of Analysis for Near Eastern Affairs (INR/NEA): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, and social issues in the Middle East and North Africa.

Office of Opinion Research (INR/OPN): Conducts analysis of foreign opinion in all regions of the world, provides intelligence support to Department principals, and conducts public opinion polls and surveys to gauge foreign attitudes toward governance, international security, trade and economy, ethnic and social relations, democratic transitions, and other issues.

Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia (INR/REA): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, social, and other issues in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia regions.

Office of Analysis for South Asian Affairs (INR/SA): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of political, diplomatic, and social issues, and is responsible for the analysis of classified and open-source materials concerning the political, economic, social, military, counterterrorism, and foreign policy of the countries in South Asia and across the broader Indian Ocean region.

Office of Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Issues (INR/SPM): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a wide range of foreign strategic forces, arms control, WMD proliferation, political-military issues, emerging military technologies, and conflicts.

Office of Analysis for Terrorism, Narcotics, and Crime (INR/TNC): Conducts analysis and research and briefs Department principals concerning worldwide terrorism, narcotics, and crime and U.S. international relationships and interests affected by these matters.

Office of Analysis for the Western Hemisphere (INR/WHA): Conducts research and analysis and briefs Department principals on a broad range of issues in the Western Hemisphere, focusing on politics, foreign policy, and society.

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