About CIA

Director of the CIA

The Director of the CIA oversees intelligence collection, analysis, and covert action to advance U.S. national security.

Role of the Director

The role of the Director of the CIA (D/CIA) is to manage the Agency’s intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services. The D/CIA also oversees the management of foreign intelligence acquired by human sources, what we call HUMINT.

The CIA Director is nominated by the President with the advice, consent, and confirmation of the Senate. The D/CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence.

Director Gina C. Haspel

Gina C. Haspel was officially sworn in as Director of the CIA on May 18, 2018.  She is the first woman to serve as D/CIA in the Agency’s history.

Director Haspel is a career intelligence officer, having joined the CIA in 1985. She served seven field tours, including several as Chief of Station. In Washington, she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including Deputy Director of the CIA, Acting Director of the National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, and Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action.

Director Haspel is the recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit, a Presidential Rank Award, the Donovan Award, and the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism.

We cannot rest on our laurels. We must learn from the past, but we cannot dwell in the past. We must constantly learn, adjust, improve, and strive to be better. We demand it of ourselves, and America deserves nothing less.

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Gina C. Haspel

Director of the CIA

Deputy Director of the CIA

Role of the Deputy Director

The CIA Deputy Director (DD/CIA) supports the Director in managing the Agency’s intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services. The DD/CIA also exercises the Director’s powers in his or her absence or if the Director position becomes vacant.

Deputy Director Vaughn F. Bishop

Vaughn F. Bishop was officially sworn in as Deputy Director of the CIA on August 6, 2018.

Since first joining the CIA in 1981, Deputy Director Bishop has held a number of expert-level analyst and senior management positions across a diverse range of regional and functional mission areas, including Chief of Station, Vice-Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and CIA Ombudsman for Analytic Objectivity during the Agency’s modernization effort.

Deputy Director Bishop’s career at the Agency has spanned more than three decades, and throughout he has earned a reputation for professionalism and an uncanny ability to inspire those around him