Strategy & Engagement

Student Opportunities

Strategy & Engagement identifies, develops, and articulates the path forward for the IC.  It makes future bets through strategic initiatives that address enduring challenges and emerging issues and looks for opportunities to combine information, data, and technologies from different INTs to do the unexpected.  It envisions high-risk, high-payoff research that delivers innovative technology to the IC elements.  It ensures innovation is informed by and manifested through transformative policy and strategy, and supports the communication of such developments to Congress and the public.

Strategy & Engagement (S&E) is led by Deputy Director of National Intelligence for S&E, Corin Stone.


  • Information & Data - Reimagines the data and information landscape in light of our digital future, ensuring that the IC collects, creates, protects, uses, shares, and manages data and information in a way that enables the IC to know, find, and use the information at the speed of relevance, and that the IC can continue to deliver the right data to the right people, at the right time, in the right form. Pre-publication review.
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) - Invests in high-risk, high-reward research to achieve an overwhelming intelligence advantage for the Nation.  Drives groundbreaking research and development in support of our future strategies, enhances innovation across the breadth of IC activities, and allows the IC to take advantage of cutting-edge technology, resulting in critical advances that propel the IC forward.
  • Policy & Strategy (P&S) - Sets the strategy and policy framework, enabling the IC's ability to deliver timely, accurate, relevant intelligence, support and capabilities to stay ahead of opportunities and risks in our complex global and technological environment.  Drives the implementation of strategy and policy across the IC, ensuring current activities are aligned with future vision.
  • Legislative Affairs (OLA) - Promotes Congressional understanding and support for IC programs, resources, and mission through integrated legislative strategies and effective, transparent, and proactive engagements and collaboration with Congressional overseers and IC partners.  Works across the ODNI and IC to ensure that the IC has the legislative authorities to meet the demands of today's and tomorrow's complex national security challenges.
  • Strategic Communications - Positions the IC for the future through consistent and focused messaging and engagement that clearly communicates the vision, mission and direction of the IC over the next 5-10 years.  Builds relationships, partnerships and strategies to create the right level of insights and transparency internally and externally, garnering the understanding and support of the American public.
  • Transformation & Innovation - Identifies emerging challenges and threats that may affect our intelligence capabilities over the long term; spurs cross-IC innovation, creativity and investment to address those threats and advance Community priorities; and leads transformational IC-wide initiatives that will drive the IC toward our future goals and strategy.

Information & Data

Pre-publication Review

The purpose of pre-publication review is to prevent unauthorized disclosure of information and ensure the mission of the ODNI and the foreign relations and security of the United States are not adversely affected by public disclosure.

All information meant to be made available in a public forum must be submitted for review prior to release.

The obligation applies to current and former ODNI staff, including cadre, detailees, and contractors, who have access to classified information. There are two categories of material that must be reviewed:

Non-Official: Anything published or presented in your personal capacity. Examples include resumes, books, op-eds, personal blogs

Official: Anything created as part of your official duties on behalf of the ODNI. Examples include speeches, newsletters, official web pages, outreach documents, brochures.

The Pre-Pub Team coordinates with other IC agencies, as appropriate, and provides a single consolidated response to the requester.

The Review Process

1. Create material using:

    • UNCLASSIFIED sources only
    • No anonymous sources
    • Source citations within the document (not a list at the end)

2. For official publication or presentation, ensure your management chain has concurred, and any internal component review process for substance has been completed.

3. Submit your request via email for Pre-Pub Review (you will receive an automatic reply confirming your request). When doing so be sure to:

    • Include any previous review approvals you have received for your submission (i.e., from ODNI Pre-Pub or other Agency Pre-Pub group)
    • Provide all sourcing for cited materials that are not easily accessible via the Internet (failure to include all source material may delay your request)

4. Protect the publication from release until the ODNI Pre-Pub Team completes its review.  In other words, do not send to editors or academics for peer reviews until the review is complete.

5. Upon approval from ODNI Pre-Pub, you are cleared to publish or present.

Pre-Pub Documents

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