Central Intelligence Agency | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 18, 2017
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the United States federal government, tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). As one of the principal members of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet.
Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is a domestic security service, the CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection. Though it is not the only U.S. government agency specializing in HUMINT, the CIA serves as the national manager for coordination of HUMINT activities across the US intelligence community. Moreover, the CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry out and oversee covert action at the behest of the President. It exerts foreign political influence through its tactical divisions, such as the Special Activities Division.
Before the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, the CIA Director concurrently served as the head of the Intelligence Community; today, the CIA is organized under the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Despite transferring some of its powers to the DNI, the CIA has grown in size as a result of the September 11 attacks. In 2013, The Washington Post reported that in fiscal year 2010, the CIA had the largest budget of all IC agencies, exceeding previous estimates.
The CIA has increasingly expanded its role, including covert paramilitary operations. One of its largest divisions, the Information Operations Center (IOC), has shifted focus from counter-terrorism to offensive cyber-operations. While the CIA has had some recent accomplishments, such as locating Osama bin Laden and taking part in the successful Operation Neptune Spear, it has also been involved in controversial programs such as extraordinary rendition and torture.
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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is Mike Pompeo. The D/CIA serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The D/CIA is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel and budget of the CIA and acts as the National Human Source Intelligence (HUMINT) Manager.
Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency | Gina Haspel
The DD/CIA assists the Director in his duties as head of the CIA and exercises the powers of the Director when the Director’s position is vacant or in the Director’s absence or disability.
Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency | Meroe Park
The Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is responsible for managing the CIA on a day-to-day basis; the position was previously called the Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis
The Directorate of Analysis, the analytical branch of the CIA, is responsible for the production and dissemination of all-source intelligence analysis on key foreign issues.
Deputy Director of CIA for Operations
The Directorate of Operations is responsible for the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence.
Deputy Director of CIA for Science & Technology
The Directorate of Science and Technology creates and applies innovative technology in support of the intelligence collection mission.
Deputy Director of CIA for Support
The Directorate of Support provides the mission critical elements of the Agency’s support foundation: people, security, information, property and financial operations.
Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation
The Directorate of Digital Innovation is the Agency’s newest Directorate focused on accelerating innovation across the Agency’s mission activities with cutting-edge digital and cyber tradecraft and IT infrastructure.
Associate Director of CIA for Talent
The leads the recruitment, management, training, and development of CIA’s diverse, skilled, and integrated workforce of intelligence professionals.
Director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence
The Center for the Study of Intelligence maintains the Agency’s historical materials and promotes the study of intelligence as a legitimate and serious discipline.
Director of Public Affairs
The Office of Public Affairs advises the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on all media, public policy and employee communications issues relating to his role as CIA director and is the CIA’s principal communications focal point for the media, the general public and Agency employees. The current director is Dean Boyd.
The Office of General Counsel advises the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on all legal matters relating to his role as CIA director and is the principal source of legal counsel for the CIA.
The Office of Inspector General is an independent office in the CIA that is headed by the Inspector General and promotes economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the management of CIA activities by performing independent audits, inspections, investigations, and reviews of CIA programs and operations. The current Acting Inspector General is Christopher R. Sharpley.