National Intelligence Estimate

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A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is a report which are the Director of Central Intelligence Agency's most authoritative written judgments concerning national security issues. They deal with capabilities, vulnerabilities, and probable courses of action of foreign nations and key developments relevant to the vital interests of the United States. NIEs are produced at the national level by the National Intelligence Council and are issued by the DCI with the approval of the National Foreign Intelligence Board. NIEs are designed to identify trends of significance to national security and, when relevant, differences of views among the principal intelligence officers of the US Government. Presidential Summaries of NIEs are prepared for the President, Vice President, and other key executive officers.

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