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National Intelligence Council - Global Trends

National Intelligence Council

Global Trends

The National Intelligence Council's (NIC) Global Trends Report engages expertise from outside government on factors of such as globalization, demography and the environment, producing a forward-looking document to aid policymakers in their long term planning on key issues of worldwide importance.

Since the first report was released in 1997, the audience for each Global Trends report has expanded, generating more interest and reaching a broader audience that the one that preceded it. A new Global Trends report is published every four years following the U.S. presidential election.

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Global Trends 2030 is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories over the next 15 years. As with the NIC’s previous Global Trends reports, we do not seek to predict the future—which would be an impossible feat—but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.

In-depth research, detailed modeling and a variety of analytical tools drawn from public, private and academic sources were employed in the production of Global Trends 2030. NIC leadership engaged with experts in nearly 20 countries—from think tanks, banks, government offices and business groups—to solicit reviews of the report.

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This edition of Global Trends is most widely disseminated in its history. The report is available for the most popular content platforms and e-readers as well as via PDF.  Brief talking points are available here.


Visit the NIC's Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds Hub Page for additional information on live events, multimedia content and more.

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National Intelligence Council - Who We Are

National Intelligence Council

Who We Are

National Intelligence Council SealThe National Intelligence Council supports the Director of National Intelligence in his role as head of the Intelligence Community (IC) and is the IC’s center for long-term strategic analysis.

Since its establishment in 1979, the NIC has served as a bridge between the intelligence and policy communities, a source of deep substantive expertise on intelligence issues, and a facilitator of Intelligence Community collaboration and outreach.

The NIC’s National Intelligence Officers — drawn from government, academia, and the private sector—are the Intelligence Community’s senior experts on a range of regional and functional issues.

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Acquisition, Technology, & Facilities - What We Do

Acquisition, Technology, & Facilities

What We Do

The Acquisition, Technology and Facilities organization leads the Intelligence Community’s efforts to enhance the returns on investments in technology and facilities. Our mission is to catalyze the delivery of innovative, technology-based capabilities which solve intelligence challenges today and in the future. In partnership with our colleagues at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), we take a portfolio approach to acquire capabilities now, to coordinate those that will come next, and to sponsor research that will lead to new capabilities after next.

AT&F has five primary mission areas: Acquisition, Facilities, Procurement, Science & Technology, and IARPA. The Acquisition Division works collaboratively with Intelligence Community partners to advance and support high quality Major Systems Acquisitions with an end goal of improving intelligence collection and analysis. The Facilities Division provides a holistic view of real property assets for the IC, including facilities planning, readiness, and infrastructure support. Procurement leads efforts to improve contracting and procurement activity and promote best practices and consistent policies across the IC. The Science and Technology Division champions S&T strategies, policies, and resource allocations that deliver mission superiority, and seeks to connect emerging S&T with mission needs. IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.

Our work focuses on community-wide efforts designed to meet our collective needs today and into the future.  AT&F directs and coordinates the activities of several cross-Community groups:

  • Intelligence Community Acquisition Council
  • IC Procurement Executive Council
  • National Intelligence Science and  Technology Committee
  • Facilities Working Group
  • Supply Chain Management Working Group
  • Total Asset Management Working Group

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