Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)

U.S. Department of State
2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520

INR Bureau of Intelligence and Research

Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) is a bureau of the Department of State and a member of the Intelligence Community (IC). It is the oldest civilian intelligence agency in the U.S. Intelligence Community, as well as one of the smallest, with roughly 300 personnel. In addition to supporting the policies and initiatives of the State Department, the INR contributes to the President’s Daily Briefings (PDB), ensures U.S. intelligence operations meet the nation’s foreign policy interests, and serves as the federal government’s primary source of foreign public opinion research and analysis. It reviews and publishes close to two million reports and produces about 3,500 intelligence assessments annually. The Bureau is strictly analytical and does not engage in counterintelligence or espionage. The INR is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research who reports directly to the secretary of state and serves as the secretary’s primary intelligence advisor.


The Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s (INR) primary mission is to harness intelligence to serve U.S. diplomacy. Secretary of State George Marshall established INR in 1947. INR is a direct descendant of the Office of Strategic Services Research Department and the oldest civilian intelligence element in the U.S. Government.


INR provides value-added independent analysis of events to U.S. State Department policymakers; ensures that intelligence activities support foreign policy and national security purposes; and serves as the focal point in the State Department for ensuring policy review of sensitive counterintelligence and law enforcement activities around the world. The bureau directs the Department’s program of intelligence analysis and research, conducts liaison with the Intelligence Community, and represents the Department on committees and in interagency intelligence groups. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research also analyzes geographical and international boundary issues.


INR fulfills its mission through three key activities: all-source analysis, intelligence and policy coordination, and analytic outreach.

Arriving at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research
The closest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport located about 5 miles from INR.

Base Population
There are approximately 300 employees working for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research for the U.S. Department of State.