Intelligence and Threat Analysis

The Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis ( ITA) is the interface between DS and the U.S. intelligence community on all international and domestic terrorism matters.


ITA researches, monitors, and analyzes all source intelligence on terrorist activities and threats directed against Americans and U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel and facilities overseas. In particular, analysts monitor threats against the Secretary of State, senior U.S. officials, visiting foreign dignitaries, resident foreign diplomats, and foreign missions in the United States for whom DS has a security responsibility.


Real-time threat assessments are provided to support operational and policy decision making by senior Department and Bureau officers. Threat notifications are issued to Americans and U.S. missions abroad as warranted. ITA works closely with the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs to inform the public of threats or security-related issues through the Consular Information Program.


ITA administers the Security Environment Threat List (SETL), which reflects four categories of security threat, including political violence and crime, at all U.S. missions overseas. Released semiannually, the SETL aids DS management in the allocation of overseas security resources and programs.


ITA conducts trend analyses and case studies of acts of terrorism, political violence, and crime that affect the security of Americans overseas.


The office produces several publications, including Political Violence Against Americans. This annual publication is an authoritative narrative and statistical compendium of all acts of terrorism and political violence against U.S. interests in a given year.


Upon request, consultations and briefings are provided to senior State Department officials, White House staff, Congressional delegations, and other intelligence organizations. Analysts also brief corporate security directors and CEOs, U.S. law enforcement, and American business audiences in the United States and throughout the world.