Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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The Central Intelligence Agency collects, evaluates and disseminates information on political, military, economic, scientific and other developments abroad. The CIA:
* collects intelligence from human sources and other means;
* correlates, evaluates and disseminates intelligence related to national security;
* provides overall direction for and coordination of intelligence collecting outside the United States by U.S. intelligence community (IC) elements authorized to engage in human source collection;
* carries out other intelligence-related functions and duties necessary for safeguarding national security as the president or the director of national intelligence (DNI) may direct; and
* coordinates, under the direction of the DNI and consistent with Section 207 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, relationships between elements of the U.S. IC and the intelligence or security services of foreign governments or international organizations in matters of national security or intelligence that is acquired clandestinely.
The CIA was established by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.). It now functions under that statute, as well as Executive Order 12333 of Dec. 4, 1981, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (50 U.S.C. 401), and other laws, executive orders, regulations and directives.
The CIA direction is the national human intelligence (HUMINT) manager and serves as the national authority for coordination, de-confliction and evaluation of clandestine HUMINT operations across the IC, consistent with existing laws, executive orders and interagency agreements.
The National Clandestine Service (NCS) has responsibility for the clandestine collection (primarily HUMINT) of foreign intelligence that is not obtainable through other means. The NCS engages in counterintelligence activities by protecting classified U.S. activities and institutions from penetration by hostile foreign organizations and individuals. NCS also carries out covert action in support of U.S. policy goals when legally and properly directed and authorized by the president.
The director for science and technology is the senior scientific and technical adviser to the CIA director and serves as the executive agent for In-Q-Tel, the nonprofit, strategic venture capital firm chartered to connect the technology demands of the CIA and IC partners' intelligence missions with the emerging technology of the entrepreneurial community.
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- Management consulting and administration
- Air and satellite operations
- Counter-drug operations
- Counter-IED explosives operations
- Cyber operations
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Weapons technology
- Human intelligence
- Information technology
- Intelligence analysis
- Staffing and personnel
- Psychological operations
- Building and personal security
- Specialized military operations
- Technical intelligence
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