The following, for interest, is a speech from a middle size humint organisation.
See the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) website.
The author of the speech, Director General of ASIS, Nick Warner (see his details on Wikipedia and the ASIS website) comes from a family (Dad, Denis) with a deep and multi-decade knowledge of international events.
I would claim Pete's Dad, John and Grandfather, "Tick" Begg also maintain/maintained a family heritage of such knowledge. Remembering past patterns, keeping up with the times, political and technical...
This of course stems from the inevitable paradox inherent in publicising the achievements of an organisation whose activities are, by design, secret.
These reports cover everything from political developments, economic growth, defence modernization, and social cohesion in a particular country, to terrorist and insurgent planning and much more.
That transition from a small agency whose role was focused almost entirely on the collection of secret foreign intelligence, to a fully-fledged intelligence service with wide reach, was completed successfully under my predecessor, David Irvine. Since the Flood review, ASIS has grown in size, capability, skill and in its positive contribution to Australian interests.
They are also acutely aware of the priorities of the Government they serve and committed to the kind of intelligence service Australia needs and the Australian people expect.
Australian Secret Intelligence Service