DNI stands for Director of National Intelligence. The DNI is a high-ranking government position that serves as the head of the United States Intelligence Community. The DNI is appointed by the president and confirmed by Congress. The Intelligence Community consists of 18 government departments and organizations, which include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI). These 18 organizations have many different functions, including intelligence gathering and counterintelligence. According to the Office of the DNI, “intelligence” includes information gathered regarding threats to America, such as cyber threats, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation. Because the actual work of the DNI is classified, the DNI often makes the news due to scandals or governmental infighting. During the Trump administration, DNI John Ratcliffe was criticized for selectively declassifying information in a way that benefited the president.
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