Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director's responsibilities include: Collecting intelligence through human sources and by other appropriate means; Correlating and evaluating intelligence related to the national security and providing appropriate dissemination of such intelligence; Providing overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national intelligence outside the United States through human sources.

The function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to assist the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in carrying out the responsibilities outlined above. To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.

Famous publications produced by the CIA include the World Factbook, the Studies in Intelligence journal, and the CIA historical series which provide a retrospective on the CIA's role in critical US foreign policy arenas.

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World Factbook 2013-14, 51st Edition

World Factbook 2013-14

By: Central Intelligence Agency

GPO Stock # 041-015-00311-9 ISBN: 9780160921957

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Reference tab includes: maps of the major world...

Price: $86.00
CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting

CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00296-1 ISBN: 9780160920509

This study examines the role of clandestine reporting in CIA's analysis of the Warsaw Pact from 1955 to 1985. The Soviet Union established itself as a threat to the West at the end of World War II by its military occupation of eastern European...

Price: $21.00
Preparing for Martial Law: Through the Eyes of Col. Ryszard Kuklinski (Book and

Preparing for Martial Law: Through the Eyes of Col. Ryszard Kuklinski (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00299-6 ISBN: 9780160920530

Between July 1980 and December 1981, Poland stumbled through the most serious political crisis faced by a Warsaw Pact member since the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia in 1968. The resolution of this crisis through the declaration of martial law...

Price: $13.00
The Office of Scientific Intelligence: The Original Wizards of Langley: A Sympos

The Office of Scientific Intelligence: The Original Wizards of Langley: A Symposium Commemorating 60 Years of S&T Intelligence Analysis

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00305-4 ISBN: 9780160920592

The Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI) was created in 1949, driven by the concerns of technological surprise in nuclear weapons, biological warfare, and guided missiles.

OSI was formed by expanding the Scientific Intelligence Branch...

Price: $19.00
Crafting an Intelligence Community: Papers of the First Four DCIs Released on 13

Crafting an Intelligence Community: Papers of the First Four DCIs (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00298-8 ISBN: 9780160920523

This publication and accompanying DVD, covering 1946 to 1953, cover the historical relationships between the Central Intelligence Agency's Directors of Central Intelligence (DCIs), President Truman, and Congress. The recently declassified...

Price: $24.00
CIA's Clandestine Services Histories of Civil Air Transport: Welcome Aboard CAT

CIA\'s Clandestine Services Histories of Civil Air Transport (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00297-0 ISBN: 9780160920516

This booklet and accompanying DVD highlight some of the most closely guarded activities of the CIA.  Covering one of the controversial operations in American history, these histories show the changes and impacts of the CIA's Civil Air Transport (...

Price: $10.00
The Warsaw Pact Wartime Statutes: Instruments of Soviet Control (Book and DVD)

The Warsaw Pact Wartime Statutes: Instruments of Soviet Control (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00307-1 ISBN: 9780160920615

Soviet military planning for conflict in Europe after World War II from the outset harnessed East European military capabilities to Soviet military purposes and assumed operational subordination of East European military formations to higher-...

Price: $16.00
The Warsaw Pact, Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance: Sovie

The Warsaw Pact, Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance: Soviet-East European Military Relations in Historical Perspective; Sources and Reassessments (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00306-2 ISBN: 9780160920608

This collection of hundreds of recently declassified documents is designed to take stock of where we are twenty years after the collapse of East European Communism. It includes  sensitive Soviet and Warsaw Pact military journals from 1961 to 1984...

Price: $16.00
Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication: Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the C

Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication: Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the CIA (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00301-1 ISBN: 9780160920554

Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication: Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the CIA examines two unique stories that exemplify the sacrifice and dedication that the CIA inspires in its officers: Lima Site 85 – a covert radar site in Laos, and a...

Price: $21.00
Penetrating the Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap With Technology (Book an

Penetrating the Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap With Technology (Book and DVD)

By: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence; and Historical Collections Division

GPO Stock # 041-015-00300-3 ISBN: 9780160920547

In the mid-1950s the US faced the first real challenge since World War II to its strategic superiority over other nations on earth. The attempt to collect intelligence on the Soviets began with an initial period of poor collection capabilities...

Price: $19.00
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