Volume 65, No. 3 (September 2021-Special Issue)

From a Former ODNI Ombudsperson Perspective: Safeguarding Objectivity in Intelligence Analysis

By Barry Zulauf

Objectivity in intelligence analysis is a core responsibility up and down the chain, one baked into the IRTPA legislation and detailed in DNI Intelligence Community directives. When intelligence  judgments collide with policy preferences, maintaining objectivity depends on formal processes and,  sometimes, personal courage.