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- United States intelligence community : The United States' intelligence agencies coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
- Unitary executive theory : A U.S. concept of constitutional law and politics, which believes that the President of the United States has a right, and indeed an obligation, to take certain actions without Congressional or Judicial checks and balances
- Special operations : Military or paramilitary operations that differ from conventional operations in degree of physical and political risk, operational techniques, mode of employment, independence from friendly support, and dependence on detailed operational intelligence and indigenous assets; they are often controlled at a national or strategic level of command
- Classified information : Material collected or created by a government that is subject to limitations on its release to the general public and may have penalties for its unauthorized release.
- Compartmented control system : A set of controls, in addition to a regular national security classifications, that adds additional security restrictions to especially sensitive information
- Covert operation : Military, intelligence, or political activity carried out in such a way that the identity of the sponsors of the operation is concealed or kept secret, although the existence of the operation is known
- Clandestine operation : Any of a range of activities, intended to affect the behavior of a target nation or non-national actor, where the performing actor takes all practical efforts to ensure that the fact of the activities do not become known to unauthorized personnel. Only a small number of officials of the country or non-state entity performing the operation may be aware of it.
- National Security Council : Both the senior foreign policy committee of principal officers of the executive branch of the United States of America, chaired by the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and, by extension, the professional staff reporting to the Assistant
- Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs : Principal White House staff adviser on foreign policy and defense matters to the President of the United States, usually coordinating the major agencies; statutory member of the National Security Council and the chief of its staff; the incumbent is James L. Jones
- Director of National Intelligence : The professional head of the United States Intelligence Community, reporting to the President, with Dennis Blair being replaced by James Clapper
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence : Oversees the United States intelligence community for the Senate, submitting legislation and reports on the proper conduct of the program; Dianne Feinstein is chair and Christopher Bond is Ranking Minority Member; the four highest Senate leaders, of both parties, are ex officio members
- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence : That committee in the U.S. House of Representatives with oversight over the United States intelligence community
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act : Add brief definition or description
- President's Intelligence Advisory Board : A long-standing, nonpartisan committee that gives direct advice to the President of the United States, outside the chain of command of the United States intelligence community
- United States Special Operations Command : A U.S. Unified Combatant Command with both functional and operational responsibilities, both to prepare special operations forces for the geographic commands, and to execute strategic special operations, typically under national orders and high security classification
- U-2 Incident : On 1 May 1960, an American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down over the Soviet Union. This led to an international furor, in which President Dwight D. Eisenhower took personal responsibility, and General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev cancelled an upcoming summit meeting.
- Iran-Contra Affair : Add brief definition or description
- Office of Special Plans : A small office, formerly in the U.S. Department of Defense, created by Douglas Feith, under general supervision of William Luti and directly headed by Abram Shulsky, which took unprocessed intelligence and bypassed independent analysis, to present evidence supporting policy positions; this was a conscious "top-down" methodology contrasting to the traditional "bottom-up" of intelligence analysis