National Assessment Systems
There has been considerable academic writing about intelligencepolicy relationships at this top level and the nuances of presenting intel ligence’s alternative and minority interpretations there. The actual machinery for assessment has received rather less attention. In this, countries have choices broadly between British and American organiza tional models. The first is the system of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC); the second is the American framework for producing National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). These arrangements and their resemblances and differences are the subject here.