The evolution of both U.S. law enforcement and military within the tactical community has been primarily that of reactive forces with capabilities of mass, short-term force operations. The challenge seen now, in today’s world, is the use of intelligence and building a smart and realistic use for tactical operations. This article presents information on tactical intelligence and about the intelligent use of tactical resources. Excerpts are presented from a speech given in 2001 to the CIA Strategic Assessments Group by Richard N. Haass, the then Director, Policy Planning Staff, of the U.S. Department of State. The presentation challenged those in the intelligence community to build relationships with the administration and with the developers of policy. These excerpts are followed by a brief review of the intelligence process and seven basic principles of intelligence operations. Additional future articles will focus on technology training, surveillance, counter-surveillance, and counter intelligence.