State Dept. Intelligence Agency Wins Praise Of the U.S. government's many intelligence agencies, one of the smallest is one of the best. The State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research has only about 300 analysts, but they have made more right calls -- or fewer wrong ones -- than much larger agencies. Secretary of State Colin Powell has high praise for INR. Some who worked there wish they had tried harder to dissuade him from making his now infamous speech before the U.N. Security Council in which he insisted that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.