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Intelligence officers are employed by the federal government to gather, analyze, and report information about the activities of domestic groups and the governments of foreign countries in order to protect the interests and security of the United States. Federal policymakers seek specific information, or strategic intelligence, on a variety of factors concerning foreign nations. These factors include political, economic, military, scientific and technical, geographic, and biographical data. The U.S. government then uses this intelligence, much of which is classified (secret), to help make decisions about its own military, economic, and political policies.