Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 18, 2017

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is a statutory office (50 U.S.C. § 3036) which functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community. Since February 2017, the D/CIA has been a cabinet-level position.

The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and is assisted by the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director is a civilian or a general/flag officer of the armed forces[2] nominated by the President, with the concurring or nonconcurring recommendation from the DNI,[3] and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.[4]

Before April 21, 2005, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) headed both the Intelligence Community and the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, DCI served as an advisor to the President of the United States on intelligence matters and was the statutory intelligence advisor to the National Security Council (NSC). On April 21, 2005, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) took on the roles as head of the Intelligence Community and principal intelligence advisor to the President and the NSC.

The post of DCI was established in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman;[5] it thus predates the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency (created by the National Security Act of 1947). After the end of World War II, the Office of Strategic Services was dismantled and its functions were split between the Departments of State and War (now Defense).[6] President Truman soon recognized the inefficiency of this arrangement and created the Central Intelligence Group,[7] which could be considered a smaller precursor to the National Security Council.[8] The following year the National Security Act of 1947 created the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council, while formally defining the duties of the Director of Central Intelligence. The duties of the DCI had been further defined over the years by tradition, congressional acts, and Executive Orders.

History

Before April 21, 2005, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) headed both the Intelligence Community and the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, DCI served as an advisor to the President of the United States on intelligence matters and was the statutory intelligence advisor to the National Security Council (NSC). On April 21, 2005, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) took on the roles as head of the Intelligence Community and principal intelligence advisor to the President and the NSC.

The post of DCI was established in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman;[5] it thus predates the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency (created by the National Security Act of 1947). After the end of World War II, the Office of Strategic Services was dismantled and its functions were split between the Departments of State and War (now Defense).[6] President Truman soon recognized the inefficiency of this arrangement and created the Central Intelligence Group,[7] which could be considered a smaller precursor to the National Security Council.[8] The following year the National Security Act of 1947 created the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council, while formally defining the duties of the Director of Central Intelligence. The duties of the DCI had been further defined over the years by tradition, congressional acts, and Executive Orders.

 

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Porter Goss
April 21, 2005 – May 5, 2006[9] George W. Bush

 

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Michael Hayden
May 30, 2006 – February 12, 2009[10] Barack Obama

 

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Leon Panetta
February 13, 2009 – June 30, 2011[11] Barack Obama

 

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Michael Morell
Acting July 1, 2011 – September 6, 2011 Barack Obama

 

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David Petraeus
September 6, 2011 – November 9, 2012[12] Barack Obama

 

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Michael Morell
Acting November 9, 2012 – March 8, 2013 Barack Obama

 

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John Brennan
March 8, 2013 – January 20, 2017[13]Barack Obama

 

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Meroe Park
ActingJanuary 20, 2017 – January 23, 2017 Donald Trump

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Mike Pompeo
January 23, 2017 – Present[14] Donald Trump