what's the meaning of "tasking statement"

All intelligence studies start with some form of problem solving. In government intelligence groups, the problem may come in the form of a tasking statement.


This term seems to me to be self-evident, both from the meanings of the words and from the context in which it is employed.

Task, as a verb, means to “impose a task upon”—The subcommittee was tasked with nominating three candidates for the vacant seat. A tasking statement is thus a statement which states (defines) a task imposed upon the person or persons to whom it is addressed.

And in this context, the task is imposed upon government intelligence groups, who are called upon to perform an intelligence study which will describe a solution to a particular problem.

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