During the 12 months that comprised fiscal year 2003, the United States Intelligence Community faced challenges as great as—if not greater than—any time in its proud history. Confirming pre-war intelligence reports and estimates of the scope and status of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs remains an open question and the search for new clues continues even as previous intelligence is re-evaluated to determine possible shortcomings. Nevertheless, the support to US military planning for operations in Iraq, the ongoing global war on terrorism, and the dangers presented by the global spread of WMD were but three of the several priorities that guided Intelligence Community efforts last year.
The 2003 Annual Report begins by highlighting the Intelligence Community's contributions to the planning, execution, and post-combat phases of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Beginning in fall 2002, the Intelligence Community helped lay the groundwork for US diplomatic efforts to avert war and US military efforts to prepare for what proved inevitable. The demand for timely and accurate intelligence to support the military in forward operating areas increased dramatically in scope and substance as the year progressed, and the Intelligence Community responded accordingly.
The Intelligence Community remained relentless in its fight against global terrorism and provided critical support to the ongoing Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and the pursuit of al-Qa'ida's top leadership. The Department of Homeland Security as a key intelligence consumer and the Terrorist Threat Integration Center as a key intelligence producer have helped cement the Intelligence Community's relations with the Law Enforcement Community. At the same time, the Intelligence Community continued to provide timely and expert insight into the current events and long-term trends that affected other US national policies and military operations. Finally, the Intelligence Community remains vigilant against foreign adversaries that seek to steal US secrets or to disrupt US intelligence activities.
This report concludes with a look at how the Intelligence Community is working as a community. Increased collaboration continues to be the key to the Intelligence Community's overall success in times of rapid change, and over the past year interagency cooperation reached unprecedented levels. Intelligence collected from various sources and by multiple agencies is now more readily integrated in terms of processing, analysis, and dissemination. More secure websites give traditional and non-traditional customers greater access to more finished intelligence products than ever before while protecting intelligence tradecraft and sensitive sources.