The Work of a Nation

Centers in the CIA

In addition to the four components that comprise the Agency, there are also several centers that function within the different directorates, including the Counterterrorism Center (CTC), the Crime and Narcotics Center (CNC), the Open Source Center (OSC), and the Counterintelligence Center (CIC). Each center is composed of representatives across the Intelligence Community (IC).


CIA’s war on terror is coordinated and run from the CTC which has both operational and analytic components; the fusion of these two is the key to its success. Terrorist plots and groups are not broken by single reports or sources, and no detainee knows everything about the compartmented activities of a group. All-source analysis is crucial to supporting and driving operations. Waging a global, high-stakes war against al-Qa’ida and other terrorists that threaten the United States remains a fundamental part of CIA’s mission. The CTC, working with other US Government agencies and with foreign liaison partners, target terrorist leaders and cells, disrupt their plots, sever their financial and logistical links, and roil their safe havens.



The CIA’s CNC is dedicated to confronting three major threats to US national security: international drug trafficking, transnational criminal networks, and war crimes. CNC officers prepare comprehensive analytic assessments on the impact, trends, and implications of these threats and work globally to develop actionable intelligence to identify, disrupt, and dismantle major criminal networks and to bring to justice egregious violators of human rights. CNC works closely with US law enforcement, policy, homeland security, and military organizations and with a number of foreign law enforcement agencies and intelligence services to achieve these goals.



The CIC protects CIA operations from foreign penetration, control, and manipulation and analyzes the capabilities, intentions, and activities of foreign intelligence services. To accomplish its mission, the CIC advises the D/CIA, and other Agency components, on CI and counterespionage objectives, strategies, and resources. CIC fosters CI awareness and expertise through an extensive training and outreach program. It provides advice to Agency officers on operational security, and it supports the FBI and other U.S. agencies on espionage cases.



The DNI OSC, created by the DNI under the ADDNI for Open Source on 1 November 2005, is the US Government’s center for open source intelligence. The D/CIA serves as the Executive Agent for the DNI in managing the OSC. The OSC is charged with collecting, translating, producing, and disseminating open source information that meets the needs of policymakers, the military, state and local law enforcement, operations officers, and analysts throughout the US Government. The OSC produces over 2,300 products daily, including translations, transcriptions, analyses, reports, video compilations, and geospatial intelligence to address short-term needs and longer-term issues. Its products cover issues that range from foreign political, military, economic, and science & technology topics, to counterterrorism, counterproliferation, counternarcotics, and other homeland security topics.

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