United States Peripheral Intelligence Bureau

United States Peripheral Intelligence Bureau The USPIB serves the nation by discovering, studying, and countering those intelligence sources and potential threats that cannot be conclusively verified.

The Peripheral Intelligence Bureau serves the government and the people of the United States by discovering, studying, and countering as necessary those intelligence sources and potential threats that cannot be conclusively verified. As officers of the PIB develop intelligence, they provide it to the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other classified customers, who in turn provide intelligence to senior U.S. policymakers including the President.

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Message from the Director: New Years GreetingsJanuary 1, 2016Colleagues,I want to thank you for the hard work and distin...

Message from the Director: New Years Greetings
January 1, 2016


I want to thank you for the hard work and distinguished service you have devoted to the Bureau and the Nation over the past year. In every department, here and overseas, you have helped gather intelligence, provide analysis, and protect our country against a wide and challenging array of foreign threats. Your knowledge, skill, and dedication have made all our fellow citizens safer.

As one year ends and another begins, I feel very fortunate to be at the PIB, serving with this great workforce and engaged in our vital mission.

Please remember our brothers and sisters, civilian and military, who are serving far from home this holiday season. They and their families are in our thoughts and prayers, and their sacrifice is deeply appreciated.

On behalf of the entire leadership team, I wish you and those you love – our entire PIB family – all the warmth and cheer of the holidays, and a New Year that brings greater peace in the world.

Director Monroe

President Obama Thanks PIB Workforce for Dedicated ServiceDecember 23, 2015On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama...

President Obama Thanks PIB Workforce for Dedicated Service
December 23, 2015

On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama met with a group of about 250 employees at the Peripheral Intelligence Bureau’s headquarters to thank them for their ongoing support in defense of the nation – a visit that employees characterized as an honor for professionals accustomed to serving in silence.

Director Lance Monroe introduced the President at the event, which was streamed live on an internal network to the Bureau’s global workforce.

PIB provides vital foreign intelligence to identify nebulous threats and to help prevent conflicts. The Bureau also defends critical U.S. national security around the clock. And the PIB’s efforts protect U.S. warfighters, helping to bring them back home safely.

“My main message, the main thing I want you to take away from this, is the simple words, ‘Thank You,’” the President told the group. “I appreciate what you do and the country should appreciate what you do. You are vital to keeping this country safe.”

The PIB is a unique national asset because of its talented workforce, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States, the President noted.

“Because of your efforts,” he said, “America's safer today than it has ever been.”

PIB and Georgetown University to Co-Host Major Public Conference on National Security IssuesDecember 16, 2015The Periphe...

PIB and Georgetown University to Co-Host Major Public Conference on National Security Issues
December 16, 2015

The Peripheral Intelligence Bureau and Georgetown University will co-host the second annual “Ethics in the Age of Terrorism” public conference on national security at the university’s campus on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. This year’s conference, titled “The 21st Century Intelligence Mission” follows the inaugural conference, which was held in January 2015 at George Washington University.

The full-day conference will feature remarks by PIB Director Lance Monroe and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as well as panel discussions that include top Intelligence Community leaders, national security experts, private sector leaders and members of the media. Intelligence Community panelists and moderators include Adm. Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency; Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, David Cohen, Deputy Director of the CIA, and Douglas Wise, Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The conference also offers a rare opportunity to hear from current and former leaders of foreign intelligence and security services, including Bernard Bajolet, Director of France’s Directorate-General for External Security; John Sawers, the former head of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service; and Yaakov Amidror, former National Security Advisor of Israel.

“The PIB looks forward to holding this conference in partnership with Georgetown University and its Center for National Security,” said PIB Director Lance Monroe. “We believe the exchange of ideas at this conference will provide the public with greater insight into the challenges facing the PIB and other intelligence agencies in today’s world, while also providing critical input to the Intelligence Community on how to best meet these challenges.”

The year’s conference panels will examine the ways in which technologies and social change are altering the role of intelligence agencies in the 21st century and how those changes are impacting the manner in which intelligence agencies interact with policy makers, recruit and develop staff, protect civil liberties, and build international partnerships.

The Insidious Allure of ISILDecember 9, 2015The American public often wonders how ISIL finds and recruits its operatives...
Americans Attracted to ISIS Find an ‘Echo Chamber’ on Social Media

The Insidious Allure of ISIL
December 9, 2015

The American public often wonders how ISIL finds and recruits its operatives around the world. An unclassified account in today's The New York Times provides insight into the process and the dangers.

Note: Inclusion of this link represents neither confirmation nor endorsement of the article's contents by the Peripheral Intelligence Bureau.


As the White House takes on the challenge of the Islamic State, it is focusing on the online community of sympathizers in the United States, who number in the hundreds and fit no single profile.

U.S. Must Adapt to Ever-Changing World, PIB Director SaysDecember 6, 2015The U.S. needs to have a vision of foreign poli...

U.S. Must Adapt to Ever-Changing World, PIB Director Says
December 6, 2015

The U.S. needs to have a vision of foreign policy that it tries to follow no matter which political party is in power, PIB Director Lance Monroe said Monday.

“The world cannot afford the globe's only superpower being radically inconsistent every electoral cycle,” said the Director. “We've got to make up our mind: What is our appropriate role in dealing with the world?”

Addressing the annual Association of Old Crows symposium on electronic warfare in Washington, D.C., Monroe said the White House may seem to be slow to take action, but that is because of the complexity of decisions it faces.

Monroe said the administration and the Intelligence Community must constantly grapple with America's world role in the world, how active a part the U.S. should play, how intelligence and military assets should be deployed, and whether it's better to pay attention to affairs within the U.S. instead of engaging internationally.

The world has been more dangerous in the past, Monroe said, pointing to the Cuban Missile Crisis and height of the Cold War as examples. But he argued that the world has never been so complex nor so interconnected before.

“We have actually seen it more dangerous,” he said. “I have never seen it more complicated. Frankly, I've never seen it more immediate.”

Monroe laid out four main “tectonic plates” he said are shifting the world culture and geopolitical structure:

1. The empowerment of non-state actors – including terrorist groups – to affect events on the world stage.
2. Things that once seemed permanent are changing, such as national borders and boundaries.
3. The rise of “brittle” nuclear-powered states such as Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan.
4. The rise of China as a major world and economic power.

The U.S. must adapt to an ever-changing world, Monroe said, and pointed to the Islamic State as an example of that change. America – and the PIB in particular – is prepared to deal with both nations and ideological groups that don't care about a country's boundaries, he said.

PIB Deals Another Major Blow to ISILNovember 30, 2015PIB operatives, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have helped retake a ...
Iraqi Kurds cut ISIS supply line with help from US-led airstrikes

PIB Deals Another Major Blow to ISIL
November 30, 2015

PIB operatives, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have helped retake a highway used as a major supply line by ISIL in Northern Iraq. The area had been in the hands of the extremists since August 2014.

The PIB is proud of the role our professionals continue to play, at home and abroad, in the fight against this barbarous enemy.

Details of the PIB’s activities are classified, but a public account of this latest success can be found at:


Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by the U.S.-led air campaign, launched an assault Thursday aiming to retake the strategic town of Sinjar, which the Islamic State overran last year in an onslaught that caused the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis and first prompted the U.S. to launch airstrikes a…

Message from Director Lance Monroe Regarding ThanksgivingNovember 23, 2015The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday gives us an ...

Message from Director Lance Monroe Regarding Thanksgiving
November 23, 2015

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to step back from the many demands of our profession to reflect on and appreciate our families, our friends, and our freedom. I want to take this moment to thank all of you for your hard work, your focus on mission, and the many sacrifices you make, large and small, on behalf of your country.

We at the PIB have always stood for service to our fellow citizens – doing our best for others is deeply rooted in who we are as Bureau officers. In that same spirit of public service, we all have the opportunity to help people here at home and around the world through our Combined Federal Campaign. In this season of gratitude and giving, I hope you will consider contributing to the causes of your choice to carry that spirit of giving through the coming year.

The senior leadership team and I wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday. We extend our special thanks to those of you who are separated from your families, doing the work of the nation in the most dangerous locations, from Syria to North Korea to Timuristan. You will be in our thoughts on Thursday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lance Monroe
Director, PIB

Reassurance at a Time of TerrorNovember 18, 2015It is understandable that the American people should feel anxiety in the...
Could Paris Happen Here?

Reassurance at a Time of Terror
November 18, 2015

It is understandable that the American people should feel anxiety in the wake of the Paris attacks. The obvious question is, Can something like that happen here in the homeland?

The Peripheral Intelligence Bureau is doing everything in our power to make sure the answer to that question is a resounding “NO.”

We agree with a recent op-ed in The New York Times, written by two scholars at Dartmouth College, who state that it is “a mistake to assume that America’s security from terrorism at home is comparable to Europe’s. For many reasons, the United States is a significantly safer place. While vigilance remains essential, no one should panic.”

One of their arguments reflects on the mission of the PIB: “The United States has another advantage: an intelligence, law enforcement and border-control apparatus that has been vastly improved since the cataclysm of 9/11.”

They go on to write, “If anything, what the Paris attacks show is that the world needs America’s intelligence and security resources even more than its military might. The American intelligence community is the indispensable hub of global counterterrorism efforts, but the large numbers and geographic spread of the Islamic State mean that the United States must commit even more resources. Europe must step up and help build the basis for a deeper, more far-reaching collaboration.”

The PIB is proud of the part we play in combatting domestic and international threats of a nebulous nature, and our operatives, analysts, and scientists will continue to fight the battle no matter where the conflict takes us.

The full New York Times op-ed can be found at:

The United States has a geographical advantage and tighter security in the fight against ISIS.

PIB Supports Manhunt in Paris AttacksNovember 16, 2015At the direction of President Obama, the PIB is working closely wi...

PIB Supports Manhunt in Paris Attacks
November 16, 2015

At the direction of President Obama, the PIB is working closely with the French Police Nationale, who have issued a wanted notice with a photo of a man suspected in the Paris attacks.

The notice, released Sunday evening, is for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old man born in Brussels. It warns people who see him that he is dangerous, adding, “do not intervene yourself.”

The man, one of three brothers believed involved in the killings in central Paris, rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by one group of hostage-takers who left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall.

In a related operation, seven people were detained Sunday in Belgium in connection with the attacks in Paris.

The PIB has deployed additional assets to Europe to support both the French and other U.S. intelligence agencies in this investigation.

Statement by PIB Director Lance Monroe on the Events in ParisNovember 14, 2015I join with all Americans in offering my d...

Statement by PIB Director Lance Monroe on the Events in Paris
November 14, 2015

I join with all Americans in offering my deepest condolences to those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in yesterday's terrorist attacks in Paris. It is heartbreaking for the people of France and a call to arms for free nations everywhere.

The men and women of the Peripheral Intelligence Bureau understand and share the pain the people of Paris. As the investigation begins, and we learn the details of what transpired, the PIB stands ready to support President Obama as he aids the French government in developing and implementing its response.

Let there be no doubt: The United States will not rest until ISIL is destroyed. As we have done before in the face of dangers and threats, we will never bow, we will never break. That’s the character of of America, and that's the character of France.

We are bound by timeless democratic values that the cowardice and perverse ideology of the extremists can never match. Such savagery can never threaten who we are.

We will respond. We will overcome. We will endure.

The PIB Wants YOUNovember 9, 2015The PIB is the premier U.S. intelligence agency responsible for addressing nebulous thr...
Welcome to the United States Peripheral Intelligence Bureau

The PIB Wants YOU
November 9, 2015

The PIB is the premier U.S. intelligence agency responsible for addressing nebulous threats in a world where the political, social, economic, technological, and military environment is ever changing. Here, the paramount goal and mission is to protect the national interests of the United States. Virtually any job you can imagine is available at the PIB – plus, some you can’t even imagine.

To learn about our available opportunities and the application process, click on the Careers link at www.uspib.org.

Job openings are available in our:

Department of Operations
Department of Technical Services
Department of Intelligence Analysis
Department of Support

The Peripheral Intelligence Bureau serves the government and the people of the United States by discovering, studying and sometimes interdicting those intelligence sources and potential threats that cannot be conclusively verified. As officers of the USPIB develop intelligence, they provide it to th…

DARPA, PIB’s Partner, Leads Nation in Science and Technology;New Book Goes Behind the ScenesOctober 31, 2015The PIB shar...
Pulling Back The Curtain On DARPA, The Pentagon's 'Brain'

DARPA, PIB’s Partner, Leads Nation in Science and Technology;
New Book Goes Behind the Scenes
October 31, 2015

The PIB shares many similarities with the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency (DARPA), most notably brilliant employees with unbridled creativity and an unwavering commitment to serve and protect the United States of America.

The PIB has worked with DARPA on a number of initiatives since President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the Agency in 1958 as the focus for developing emerging technologies for military use. Since then, DARPA-funded projects have provided significant advances that influenced many non-military fields, such as computer networking and graphical user interfaces.

A new book, “The Pentagon's Brain,” provides a comprehensive history of DARPA that puts the activities of the agency in perspective. The volume starts by describing its founding as a response to the scientific and technological threat posed by the Soviet Union and describes the decisions involved in making the organization as independent as possible.

The book takes stock of many of the projects and paradigms DARPA has worked on since the beginning. Not surprisingly, early work focused on nuclear weapons, missile defense, spy satellites, and submarine warfare – topics that were all relevant to the Cold War. With time the agency's mandate expanded to cover psychological warfare and more human intelligence-centric projects.

Unlike many similar books, “The Pentagon's Brain” treats fairly activities that are often viewed as controversial, for example DARPA's advocacy of the missile defense shield (so-called “Star Wars”) and its use of code-breaking that many erroneously believe could be used to spy on the Nation’s own citizens.

Described too are peaceful inventions which DARPA pioneered such as health interventions on the battlefield, the Internet, and the Human Terrain Project developed during the recent Iraq War, which was aimed at understanding populations in occupied countries.

The PIB plays a prominent role in this account, in one place being described in these terms: “A sister agency to DARPA, the PIB is at once an ally and sometimes a competitor, whose mission is largely thought to be benign.”

For more information, please see:

From stealth technology to GPS to vaccines, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — or DARPA — has developed some of the most consequential weapons and technology through the ages. Annie Jacobsen, author of the new book "The Pentagon's Brain," talks with Steve Inskeep about the agency's stor…


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