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About CIA

Mission and Vision

At its core, our mission is to gather and share intelligence to protect our Nation from threats. Our highest principles guide our vision and all that we do: integrity; service; excellence; courage; teamwork; and stewardship.



Our Mission

At the CIA, our mission is to preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives by:

  • Collecting foreign intelligence that matters;
  • Producing objective all-source analysis;
  • Conducting effective covert action as directed by the president; and
  • Safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.
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Our Vision

Our vision is for CIA’s information, insights, and actions to consistently provide tactical and strategic advantage for the United States.

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Our Guiding Principles

CIA Overview

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Our employees are guided by our key principles, core values, and highest aspirations. These standards keep us on course as we work to protect our Nation and advance its interests.


We put our Nation first, Agency before unit, and mission before self. We take pride in being diverse, inclusive, agile, responsive, and consequential.


We uphold the highest standards of conduct. We provide information and analysis without personal bias. We maintain the Nation’s trust through accountability and oversight.


We bring the best of our diverse backgrounds and expertise to everything we do. We are self-aware, reflecting on our performance and learning from it. We strive to give all officers the tools, experiences, and leadership they need to excel.


We execute difficult, high-stakes, and often dangerous tasks. We carefully manage risk, but we do not shy away from it. We value sacrifice and honor our fallen. Explore our legacy.


We stand by one another. Collaboration, both internal and external, underpins our success. Learn more about working at CIA. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are mission imperatives.


We protect our sources and methods from the moment our service begins until our last breath.


Discover the CIA: Your Nation is Counting on You

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Your Talent. Your Diverse Skills. Our Mission.

Make a difference in your career. We’re looking for students, recent graduates, and professionals to join our team. Explore our world and imagine yourself working at the Nation’s premier intelligence agency.

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