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The ODNI seal incorporates the DNI's charge to oversee and coordinate the foreign and domestic activities of the United States Intelligence Community. The elements depicted in the ODNI seal symbolize:Office of the Director of National Intelligence Seal

  • American Bald Eagle: derived from the Great Seal of the United States, the eagle represents the sovereignty of the U.S.;
  • Escutcheon or shield: composed of 13 stripes, white signifying purity and innocence, and red signifying hardiness and valor;
  • "E Pluribus Unum": Latin for "out of many, one," signifies this new organization uniting the many organizations in the Intelligence Community;
  • Olive branch: represents the power of peace;
  • 13 arrows: represents the power of war;
  • Field of blue (background of the seal): signifying vigilance, perseverance and justice;
  • 50 white stars: represent the 50 states of the United States; and
  • Gold lettering: spelling out "Office of the Director of National Intelligence" and "United States of America" symbolize integrity and the highest ideals and goals.

Usage of the ODNI seal, as well as the name and initials, is governed by the ODNI Instruction Number 2005-08; Official Use of the Name, Initials, or Seal of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The instruction indicates that usage of the seal, name, or initials is authorized for individuals within the ODNI for official business and is governed by the deputy directors or heads of ODNI components. No person may knowingly use the official name, initials, or seal in connection with any commercial activity without authorization from the ODNI in writing.

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