Just to be sure you don’t miss it, here’s the 2014 Intelligence Strategy — perhaps the new National Security Strategy will emerge next. I was having difficulty downloading this when it was first released. Maybe you too? In any case, the connection remains slow (at least for me) but you can get it here: http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/2014_NIS_Publication.pdf
This is mostly a high-level “corporate” document regarding how the IC will serve its customers. It outlines how intelligence will be prioritized, it is not an intelligence product. But in terms of the environment for these functions, the strategy notes:
Violent extremist groups and transnational criminal networks threaten U.S. security and challenge the U.S. both in the homeland and abroad. Al-Qa‘ida, its affiliates, and adherents, continue to plot against U.S. and Western interests, and seek to use weapons of mass destruction if possible. The actions of transnational criminal organizations have the potential to corrupt and destabilize governments, markets, and entire geographic regions. The IC will increasingly serve homeland security as well as military and foreign policy objectives.
There is a stated commitment to lawfulness: “We support and defend the Constitution, and comply with the laws of the United States, ensuring that we carry out our mission in a manner that respects privacy, civil liberties, and human rights obligations.”
The strategy warns, “The U.S. will continue to face threats of unauthorized disclosures from insiders and others that compromise intelligence sources, methods, capabilities, and activities, and may impact international and domestic political dynamics. These disclosures can degrade our ability to conduct intelligence missions and damage our national security.”
Some have suggested this threat (Wikileaks, Snowden, et al) is a potential game-changer for how intelligence operations can be conducted in the future. This strategy does not address that possibility.