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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U.S. Coast Guard officers monitor the Automatic Identification System at the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The AIS tracks the position, course, speed, and other information of commercial ships weighing 300 or more gross tons. The Coast Guard is a division of Homeland Security, and Coast Guard Intelligence is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard.)