Joint Intelligence Committee

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The Joint Intelligence Committee is part of the Cabinet Office, whose website states that it is "responsible for providing Ministers and senior officials with co-ordinated interdepartmental intelligence assessments on a range of issues of immediate and long-term importance to national interests, primarily in the fields of security, defence and foreign affairs."[1]

The JIC's members are 'senior officials in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence (including the Chief of Defence Intelligence), Home Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Department for International Development, Treasury and Cabinet Office, the Heads of the three intelligence Agencies and the Chief of the Assessments Staff. Other Departments attend as necessary.'[2]

The JIC 'is supported by the Assessments Staff, which consists of a range of analytical staff seconded from various departments, services and disciplines.'[3]

The Assessments Staff 'works closely' with the intelligence agencies and other government departments. Its draft assessments are 'subject to formal interdepartmental scrutiny in Current Intelligence Groups, which bring together experts from a range of government departments and the Agencies.'[4]

The post of Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis was established within the the Cabinet Office in 2005, as part of the Government's response to Lord Butler's Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction.[5]

The JIC (through the Assessments Staff) and the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre 'both play an important role in analysing and assessing international terrorism. JTAC sets threat levels and issues timely threat warnings as well as more in-depth reports on trends, terrorist networks and capabilities for a wide range of customers. JIC assessments of terrorism are more strategic and place JTAC assessments in a broader geopolitical context for Ministers and senior officials.'[6]




Joint Intelligence Organisation | Prime Minister's Security Adviser and Head of Intelligence, Security, and Resilience | Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Head of Intelligence Assessment


  1. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 2 August 2009.
  2. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 6 March 2010.
  3. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 6 March 2010.
  4. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 6 March 2010.
  5. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 6 March 2010.
  6. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), Cabinet Office, accessed 6 March 2010.
  7. Michael White and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Franks Report and the Foreign Office, Manchester Guardian Weekly, 23 January 1983.
  8. Patrick Wright, Patrick Wright: The PM thinks the debate is over. He is wrong, 15 July 2004.
  9. Michael Pye, EYES on the spies, The Scotsman, 15 March 2002.
  10., accessed 2 August 2009.
  11. Colin Brown, High-flyer leaves secret role for Foreign Office: Diplomat moved from intelligence to be political director, Independent, 25 January 1994.
  12. The future of NATO, in Europe and globally, The Ditchley Foundation, 23-25 October 2008, accessed 2 August 2009.
  13. Profile:Peter Ricketts, Civil Service, 10 January 2009.
  14. Chairmen of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Prime Minister's Office, 4 September 2001.
  15. New Permanent Secretary Appointments announced, Prime Minister's Office, 28 September 2005.
  16. Appointment of the new Chairman of the JIC and Head of Intelligence Assessment, Cabinet Office, 15 November 2007.
  17. Cabinet Office Press release: Joint Intelligence Committee Chair appointed: Sir Simon Gass 18 June 2019.