Briefing Note Template

BRIEFING NOTE TITLE

Author’s Name, Organization  

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SUMMARY OF BN IN TOTAL

USE BLUF (bottom line up front) (*entire BN must be in BLUF)

POSITION OR PURPOSE STATEMENT

Provide an overview of why the briefing note is required. Define (role and purpose) any actions that need to be taken to address the security problem.

THE SECURITY PROBLEM

The security problem must be clearly defined.

What is the cause? Why is it a problem? For whom is it a problem?

BACKGROUND and Key Facts

Provide a brief summary for the background and clearly state why we need this briefing note.

KEY CONSIDERATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

Keep this section clear and concise. Considerations and implications for whom specifically?

ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES TO BE CONSIDERED

What alternative perspectives are there? Which other views might we consider on the other side of this issue or affecting other aspects of the problem? Community impact assessments on the affected community are a good way of representing potential alternative perspectives.

WHAT IS NOT KNOWN

What information is missing or needed?

NEXT STEPS

What are the next steps that should be taken to obtain the required missing information?

AVAILABLE OPTIONS

Consider the following options or sub-options:

RECOMMENDATION AND JUSTIFICATION

Recommend one of the options listed above and justify why that is the best option.

 

References

Provide a list of sources in APA style.