The Department of Defense (DoD) has released an update to DoD Manual 5240.01. Executive Order 12333, United States Intelligence Activities, governs how agencies within the Intelligence Community conduct activities in support of their missions while safeguarding the legal rights and protections guaranteed to all U.S. persons by the Constitution and laws of the United States. DoD Manual 5240.01 implements the requirement in Executive Order 12333 that Intelligence Community elements establish procedures, approved by the Attorney General, after consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, governing the collection, retention, and dissemination of information concerning U.S. persons.
This version of the DoD Manual 5240.01 has been updated to align authorities and safeguards with the critical capabilities necessary for the Department to protect America’s national security interests as well as individual rights and freedoms. The manual was last issued in 1982. In the intervening decades, there have been significant changes in technology, law, and intelligence practices: The information technology revolution has significantly affected intelligence collection and analysis capabilities and raised new issues regarding privacy and civil liberties. New and varied types of asymmetric threats have emerged, including threats from non-state terrorist actors, which have changed the way we defend our nation. Additional requirements have been imposed on the intelligence community, including new mandates for information sharing. And finally, new and significant roles and responsibilities have been defined within the intelligence community, including the establishment of the Director of National Intelligence, privacy and civil liberties officials, and intelligence oversight officials.
The new manual addresses these changes, while allowing for flexibility given the broad intelligence collection activities conducted across the Department of Defense enterprise.
The Classified Annex to Department of Defense Procedures, United States Signal Intelligence Directive (USSID) SP0018, “Legal Compliance and U.S. Persons Minimization Procedures,” (January 25, 2011), and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 28 remain in effect.
Get the whole fact sheet on Cryptome.
NOTE: This fact sheet is a companion to the entire manual, which is also available on Cryptome, here (pdf).