What is the Central Intelligence Agency?
A: The Central Intelligence Agency is a civilian foreign intelligence service of the U.S. government.
The CIA is tasked with gathering, processing, and
analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily
A: Human intelligence.
As a principal member of the United States Intelligence
Community (IC), the CIA reports to whom?
A: The Director of National Intelligence.
It is primarily focused on providing intelligence for
A: 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 what date?
A: January 22, 1946.
This group was transformed into the Central
Intelligence Agency by implementation of what?
A: The National Security Act of 1947.
Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which
is a domestic security service, the CIA has no what?
A: Law enforcement function.
It is officially mainly focused on overseas
intelligence gathering, with only limited what?
A: Domestic intelligence collection.
The CIA is the only agency authorized by law to carry
out and oversee what at the behest of the President?
A: Covert action.
It exerts foreign political influence through its
tactical divisions, such as what?
A: Special Activities Center.
The CIA has provided support to many foreign what?
A: Political groups and governments.
It was involved in carrying out several what?
A: Regime changes, terrorist attacks, and planned assassinations of foreign leaders.
Since 2004 the CIA is organized under what?
A: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Despite transferring some of its powers to the DNI, the
CIA has grown in size as a response to what?
A: The September 11 attacks.
In 2013, The Washington Post reported that in the
fiscal year 2010, the CIA had the largest what?
A: The largest budget of all IC agencies, exceeding previous estimates.
The CIA has increasingly expanded its role, including
A: Covert paramilitary operations.
One of its largest divisions, the Information
Operations Center (IOC), has officially shifted focus from counterterrorism
A: Offensive cyber-operations.
When the CIA was created, its purpose was to create
A: A clearinghouse for foreign policy intelligence and analysis.
Today, its primary purpose is to what?
A: Collect, analyze, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence, and to carry out covert operations.