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The Central Intelligence Agency, known informally as the Agency and historically as the Company, is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, officially tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT) and performing covert actions. As a principal member of the United States Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet of the United States. President Harry S. Truman had created the Central Intelligence Group under the direction of a Director of Central Intelligence by presidential directive on January 22, 1946, and this group was transformed into the Central Intelligence Agency by implementation of the National Security Act of 1947.
  • Purpose 

  • Executive Office 

  • Directorate of Analysis 

  • Directorate of Operations 

  • Directorate of Science & Technology 

  • Directorate of Digital Innovation 

  • Training 

  • Budget 

  • Polygraphing 

  • Relationship with other intelligence agencies 

  • U.S. agencies 

  • Foreign intelligence services 

  • History 

  • Immediate predecessors 

  • National Security Act 

  • Intelligence vs. action 

  • Korean War 

  • 1953 Iranian coup d'état 

  • 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état 

  • Syria 

  • Indonesia 

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo 

  • Gary Powers U-2 shootdown 

  • Dominican Republic 

  • Bay of Pigs 

  • Cuba: Sabotage and Terrorism 

  • Early Cold War, 1953–1966 

  • Brazil 

  • Indochina, Tibet and the Vietnam War (1954–1975) 

  • Nixon 

  • Congressional Investigations 

  • Chad 

  • Afghanistan 

  • Iran/Contra 

  • Lebanon 

  • Pakistan 

  • India–Pakistan geopolitical tensions 

  • Poland 1980–1989 

  • Operation Desert Storm 

  • Fall of the USSR 

  • President Clinton 

  • Aldrich Ames 

  • Osama bin Laden 

  • Al-Qaeda and the Global War on Terrorism 

  • September 11 attacks and its aftermath 

  • Failures in intelligence analysis 

  • Abuses of CIA authority, 1970s–1990s 

  • Iraq War 

  • 2004, DNI takes over CIA top-level functions 

  • Operation Neptune Spear 

  • Syrian Civil War 

  • Drones 

  • Encryption devices sold through front company 

  • Open source intelligence 

  • Outsourcing and privatization 

  • In fiction