The U.S. Intelligence Community comprises 17 federal agencies and departments that gather, analyze, and share information for national security and defense, foreign relations, law enforcement, and other purposes.
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Air Force veteran James Clapper is director of national intelligence. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was formed in 2005 to coordinate the efforts of the 17-member U.S. Intelligence Community. The director serves as the head of the U.S. Intelligence Community and advises the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council on matters of national security.