Editor's Copy of the First Presidential Daily Summary

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The first daily summary marked the start of a new mission for CIA: provide strategic warning to the nation’s highest leaders.

Annoyed by the amount of uncoordinated and contradictory intelligence reports he was seeing in the wake of World War II, President Harry S. Truman tasked CIA and its immediate predecessor, the Central Intelligence Group (CIG), to provide him with a synthesized daily briefing on the latest foreign intelligence. The “Daily Summary,” a two- to three-page publication written for Truman and his designees, débuted on 15 February 1946 and established a tradition. Daily intelligence briefings have continued during the terms of every president since Truman.

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28 cm x 21.6 cm

(L x W)

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