The past year, one of dynamic challenge throughout the world, has intensively focused the US Intelligence Community on a dramatically increased threat environment. While Americans recovered from the dramatic terrorist attacks on 11 September, the Intelligence Community responded to changing priorities with speed, skill, and strength.
This year's annual report to Congress first highlights the contribution of the Intelligence Community in responding to the violent acts of terror perpetrated against the United States by al-Qa'ida and those who would follow in its footsteps. The IC played a critical role in supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and is actively contributing to the homeland security mission. Our number one priority is clear: win the global war against terrorism. Reflecting this priority, this year's report opens with a new section: "Support to the War on Terrorism and Homeland Security."
Terrorism, however, represented only one of many complex threats to our national security last year. Strategic issues, including those involving weapons of mass destruction and the increasing capability of states of concern to deliver them, continued to require our most sophisticated collection and analysis. Support to military operations demanded increasing IC attention as we prosecuted a new type of warfare. In addition, support to law enforcement and to countering foreign intelligence gained even greater importance than heretofore and required maximum cooperation and coordination among the several agencies and activities of the Community.
We must be clear about these threats, building upon our past efforts to prepare for the future. The concluding section of this year's report outlines several imperatives for the IC. They give direction to the IC's mandate to serve our country with resolve in time of war or uncertainty and to protect our dominance in worldwide intelligence collection and analysis. The topics addressed by these imperatives are all discussed in this report.
The accomplishments described in the following pages represent only a small sampling of the achievements of the men and women of the IC, but are representative of the many classified successes over the past year. They clearly demonstrate the extraordinary courage, commitment, and creativity of our intelligence professionals, and reflect the high standards and finest traditions of the US Intelligence Community.
 The Intelligence Community (IC) is composed of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), The Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as well as the intelligence units of the Departments of Treasury, Justice, and Energy and the intelligence elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.