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Devotion to Duty

Introduction

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This scorched and tattered flag, recovered from the debris of Ground Zero, hangs in the Office of the Director of CIA. It is a constant reminder of the strength and durability of the nation we serve.
This is the story of how the men and women of CIA responded to the attacks of September 11th. To the extent it can be told in an unclassified account, it offers a sense of the teamwork, creativity, and commitment displayed by Agency officers in the days and weeks after the tragedy. Love of country and dedication to mission sustained them in their vital work.

Most CIA officers belong to one of four Directorates. Each mobilized its unique skills and resources in the wake of the assault on the United States:

The Directorate of Intelligence (DI) analyzes information from both open and classified sources to produce timely, accurate, and relevant intelligence. DI analysts help the President and other policymakers reach informed decisions by offering insights on virtually every foreign challenge facing our nation.

The Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) applies innovative technical solutions to the most critical intelligence problems. DS&T officers design equipment and provide expertise in support of espionage, covert action, and counterintelligence operations.

The National Clandestine Service (NCS) is responsible for collecting human intelligence, conducting covert action, and working with foreign liaison services. The Counter-terrorism Center (CTC), an NCS component, in cooperation with other US Government agencies and with foreign partners, acts to target terrorist leaders and cells, disrupt their plots, sever their financial and logistical links, and deny them safe haven. Operations officers and analysts serve side-by-side to fulfill CTC’s mission.

The Directorate of Support (DS) builds and operates facilities all over the world, ensures secure and reliable communications, and runs supply chains that acquire and ship a wide range of critical, clandestine equipment to the most remote corners of the globe.


Historical Document
Posted: Dec 08, 2010 11:22 AM
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2013 03:02 PM