The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the United StatesIntelligence Community (IC). It was formed in 1979. According to its official website:
The NIC's goal is to provide policymakers with the best information: unvarnished, unbiased and without regard to whether the analytic judgments conform to current U.S. policy.
One of the NICs most important analytical projects is a Global Briefing. Prepared every four years between Election Day and Inauguration Day, the Global Briefing assesses critical drivers and scenarios for future global outcomes approximately fifteen years out. The Global Briefing provides a basis for long-range strategic policy assessment for the White House and the intelligence community. The NIC's most recent Global Briefing, .