What is Central Intelligence Agency?

  • (noun): An independent agency of the United States government responsible for collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national interest; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence under the supervision of the President and National Security Council.
    Synonyms: CIA

Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent civilian intelligence agency of the United States government. It is an executive agency and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence, with responsibility for providing national security intelligence assessment to senior United States policymakers. Intelligence-gathering is performed by non-military commissioned civilian intelligence agents, many of whom are trained to avoid tactical situations. The CIA also oversees and sometimes engages in tactical and covert activities at the request of the President of the United States. Often, when such field operations are organized, the U.S. military or other warfare tacticians carry these tactical operations out on behalf of the agency while the CIA oversees them. Although intelligence-gathering is the agency's main agenda, tactical divisions were established in the agency to carry out emergency field operations that require immediate suppression or dismantling of a threat or weapon. The CIA was founded in part for intelligence-gathering as a means to prevent a declaration of war based on erroneous conceptions.

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Dulles–Jackson–Correa Report - History - National Security Act of 1947
... War II ended, the United States had to decide what to do with regard to its Intelligence structure ... the United States decided to establish an Intelligence agency that operated continually rather than only during times of war and conflict ... Truman on July 26, 1947) implemented a permanent, non-military, Intelligence agency called the Central Intelligence Agency, an agency that evolved out of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) ...
Central Intelligence Agency - Controversies - Lying To Congress - Intelligence Committee Investigation
... On July 17, 2009, the House Intelligence Committee said it was launching a formal investigation into the secret program ... "Sure, there are some people who are happy to let intelligence agencies go about their business unexamined ... people when they think about it will say that you will get better intelligence if the intelligence agencies don't operate in an unexamined fashion." Rush Holt ...
Lyman Kirkpatrick
... He wrote a number of books about intelligence after his retirement ... served as a liaison with British, French, Norwegian, Czech, and Polish intelligence services ... Army, where he served as the intelligence briefing officer for General Omar Bradley, a post he retained until the end of the war ...
List Of Military Officers Who Have Led Divisions Of A Civil Service - United States - Central Intelligence Agency
... RADM Sidney Souers, Director of Central Intelligence, 1946 LTG Hoyt S ... Vandenberg, US Army, Director of Central Intelligence, 1946–1947 RADM Roscoe H ... Hillenkoetter, Director of Central Intelligence, 1947–1950 GEN Walter Bedell Smith, US Army, Director of Central Intelligence, 1950–1953 VADM William Raborn, Director of ...

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