Develop KITs/KIQs

Leadership derives Key Intelligence Topics (KITs) and Key Intelligence Questions (KIQs) from the areas of most interest to them. KITs are an expression of management's intelligence needs with respect to early warning, strategic and operational decisions, knowing the competition, and understanding the competitive situation. KIQs are the critical questions aligned by KIT which provide the basis for collection plans, create a context for analytic work, and/or identify necessary external operations. [1]

ID: T1227

Tactic: Priority Definition Planning

Version: 1.0


Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): No

Explanation: Normally, defender is unable to detect. Few agencies and commercial organizations may have unique insights.

Difficulty for the Adversary

Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes

Explanation: Normal aspect of adversary planning lifecycle. May not be done by all adversaries.


  1. Jan P. Herring. (1999). Key Intelligence Topics: A Process to Identify and Define Intelligence Needs. Retrieved March 2, 2017.