Intelligence Agencies and Components
The Bureau of Intelligence and Research ( INR) is the State Department's own producer, disseminator, and coordinator of intelligence and also serves as the main point of contact between the State Department and the rest of the intelligence community. The idea of having separate, dedicated intelligence producers to meet the specific and, at some level, unique needs of major policymakers ( INR for State; DIA for Defense; CIA for the president), is important, as it is one of two major reasons for what many see as redundancy in the intelligence community. The other reason is the idea of competitive analysis -- that is, when many groups of analysts with differing points of view work on an issue, they can perhaps come closer to what is actually going on.
Of the three agencies that produce all-source finished intelligence ( CIA, DIA, and INR), INR is unique because it has no dedicated intelligence collectors of its own, although it does have daily access to all of the sources available to the other agencies. INR's structure and role was long an issue, with the bureau divided between two groups: those advocating a close relationship with policymakers so as to contribute to and perhaps influence decisions and those advo