9.11 Tenth Anniversary
National Clandestine Service
The tragic events of September 11th were a seminal moment for our nation and the National Clandestine Service (NCS). In one morning, the threat from al-Qa’ida took on an even more terrible clarity. While our values and core missions of strategic espionage, counterintelligence and covert action remain unchanged, how we execute these missions has significantly changed.
The demands of fighting a transnational terrorist threat have led us to become even more collaborative with Agency and Intelligence Community colleagues. Our officers have served side-by-side with our military partners in the most austere and dangerous environments. The challenges of the post-9/11 world brought an end to an era of stagnant resources. We once again have a robust global capability. The new generation of Clandestine Service officers has brought energy, creativity, and extraordinary commitment to our mission and the NCS will continue to evolve as it confronts new challenges in the decades to come.
Directorate of Intelligence
Like the rest of CIA, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) was no stranger on September 11th to the demands of the fight against al-Qa’ida and its allies. In facing an enemy that is both deadly and difficult to find, it is essential to pull together disparate pieces of information to identify specific terrorists, networks and plots, which can then be disrupted. That patient, painstaking, high-stakes work is the definition of all-source analysis, the mission of the DI.
The true impact of 9/11 on the Directorate is not found in numbers—though more analysts were dedicated to countering terrorism—but in even better relations with operators, intelligence collectors and customers of all kinds, in our own country and overseas. That has led to new flows of vital information and, most important, new insights into how and where terrorists operate. The integration of analysis and operations, each feeding the other, is at the heart of our greatest victories, including the raid that ended Usama Bin Ladin’s career of mass murder.
Complementing its Headquarters presence, the DI has more of its officers deployed abroad than ever before. In fast-moving situations, a hallmark of the fight against terrorism, you have to be close to those you serve.
Directorate of Science & Technology
From the earliest days of operations in Afghanistan to today’s complex intelligence requirements, Technical Intelligence Officers from the Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T) have been on the front lines of the Agency’s global efforts to safeguard our nation. Wherever the CIA goes, the DS&T is part of the team.
Today, more Technical Intelligence Officers are engaged in operations overseas. They come from diverse backgrounds and have brought fresh ideas and a passion for innovation. They thrive on teamwork and have reinvented how the DS&T operates, both in the field and at home.
Technology has always been an invaluable force in America’s intelligence efforts. Technical Intelligence Officers are harnessing technologies in ways that continue to transform the practice of intelligence, and not just at CIA, but across the Intelligence Community.
As we all learned from 9/11, knowledge is more powerful when it is shared. Today’s DS&T is a leader in scientific and technical innovations, not in isolation, but as part of critical partnerships within the Intelligence Community and across government.
The capabilities of the DS&T have saved American lives. The Directorate continues to push the envelope of what science and technology can accomplish.
Directorate of Support
Both the focus and the role of the Directorate of Support (DS) fundamentally changed following September 11th. The immediate post-9/11 operational environment required a more mobile, tactical DS workforce, focused more aggressively on robust field communications, an agile global supply chain, and dramatically increased security protection for our people, facilities, and data. We had to meet the immediate support demands of CIA’s increased worldwide operational tempo, while concurrently building a more effective overall program to sustain CIA’s new pace of activities.
In January 2005, the DS stood up as the CIA’s single, integrated team for the full array of services that make possible the collection, production, and dissemination of intelligence. Today, the DS runs the “businesses” of CIA— personnel, security, communications, finance, health, safety, logistics, facilities, information technology, and more. We are focused on speed, agility, and efficiency in providing support to CIA and across the Intelligence Community.
In a post-9/11 world, the demands on intelligence are greater than ever. They require an unprecedented level of flexible, sophisticated support. That is what the DS provides. From recruiting initiatives and a larger global presence to expanded technologies and heightened emergency preparedness, the Directorate constantly adapts and refines its products and processes to meet the critical requirements of CIA’s unique mission.