The Joint Intelligence Organisation leads on intelligence assessment and development of the UK intelligence community’s analytical capability, supporting the work of the Joint Intelligence Committee and National Security Council.
The Joint Intelligence Organisation incorporates the Assessments Staff and the Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis.
The Assessments Staff consists of intelligence analysts seconded from a wide range of departments and disciplines. It is responsible for drafting assessments of situations and issues of current concern, providing warnings of threats to British interests and identifying and monitoring countries at risk of instability. The Assessments Staff draws upon a range of intelligence, primarily from the intelligence agencies but also diplomatic reporting and open source material. The Joint Intelligence Committee agrees most assessments before they are circulated to Ministers and senior officials.
The Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis advises on gaps and duplication in analyst training and on recruitment of analysts, career structures and interchange opportunities. A further priority is the development of analytical methodology and training for all intelligence analysts. The post was established within the Cabinet Office in 2005, as part of the government’s response to Lord Butler’s Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The Joint Intelligence Organisation is headed by the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.