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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The History of CIA\'s Office of Strategic Research, 1967-81
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The History of CIA's Office of Strategic Research, 1967-81

The History of CIA\'s Office of Strategic Research, 1967-81

Studies in Intelligence: Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Extracts From Studies in Intelligence, Volume 62, Number 2 (June 2018)
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Studies in Intelligence: Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Extracts From Studies in Intelligence, Volume 62, Number 2 (June 2018)

Studies in Intelligence: Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Extracts From Studies in Intelligence, Volume 62, Number 2 (June 2018)

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

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

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

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

The Creation of the Intelligence Community: Founding Documents (Book and DVD)
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The Creation of the Intelligence Community: Founding Documents (Book and DVD)

The Creation of the Intelligence Community: Founding Documents (Book and DVD)

Ronald Reagan, Intelligence and the End of the Cold War: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 2, 2011
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Ronald Reagan, Intelligence and the End of the Cold War: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 2, 2011

Ronald Reagan, Intelligence and the End of the Cold War: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 2, 2011

Studies in Intelligence, Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Articles From Studies in Intelligence, V. 54, No. 3 (September 2010)
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Studies in Intelligence, Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Articles From Studies in Intelligence, V. 54, No. 3 (September 2010)

Studies in Intelligence, Journal of the American Intelligence Professional, Unclassified Articles From Studies in Intelligence, V. 54, No. 3 (September 2010)

Directors of the Central Intelligence as Leaders of the United States Intelligence Community, 1946-2005
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Directors of the Central Intelligence as Leaders of the United States Intelligence Community, 1946-2005

Directors of the Central Intelligence as Leaders of the United States Intelligence Community, 1946-2005

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