Human Intelligence

“Throughout history, information derived from human sources has helped shape foreign policy decisions. If Oleg Penkovsky had not been providing the CIA with detailed information regarding the Soviet’s missile capabilities, the Cuban Missile Crisis might have had a completely different outcome.” — CIA Featured Story Archive

Human intelligence (HUMINT) is information gathered from people, through a number of methods and sources. These include:

  • Clandestine (concealed) acquisition of images, documents, or physical materials
  • Overt or open collection by people overseas
  • Debriefing of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens who travel in foreign countries
  • Official US contacts with foreign governments


Report Writing for Human Intelligence

Interviewing and Interrogation Methods