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The Central Intelligence Agency
A Review of its History
Jontrey Goff
Wharton County Junior College

Author Note
This paper was prepared for Criminal Justice 1301, 10:00 a.m., taught by Dr. Clark.

THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 2 The Central Intelligence Agency
A Review of its History
The Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, was founded by President Harry S. Truman in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act. The main purpose of the CIA is to assist the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in carrying out his or her responsibility. The CIA is an independent agency accountable for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. They use research and development to deploy high level technology for intelligent purposes. The CIA has many other responsibilities, such as building stronger partnerships between the several intelligence collection disciplines and all-source analysis and taking an active part in Intelligence Community logical efforts and generating all-source analysis on the full range of topics that affect national security (About CIA 2012). CIA Job Description

The CIA is made up of four major components, the Directorate of Intelligence, the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Science & Technology, and the Directorate of Support (Early History of the CIA 2012). The CIA also includes a number of staffs that deal with legal issues and public and congressional affairs. The CIA hires a number of diverse individuals who are specialists in their chosen fields, whether it is law, forensic science or global health. Because of the extensiveness of the positions, job descriptions vary greatly in the CIA. Communicating, analyzing, and investigating are the most common duties of these agents (Aftergood 2012).

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