Who We Are

The CIA is separated into four basic components:

They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top U.S. government officials.

The NCS is responsible for the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence, primarily human source intelligence (HUMINT).

The NCS serves as the national authority for coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine HUMINT operations across the Intelligence Community (IC), consistent with existing laws, executive orders, and interagency agreements.

The NCS is the front-line source of clandestine intelligence on critical international developments ranging from terrorism and weapons proliferation to military and political issues.

To gather this important intelligence, CIA operations officers live and work overseas to establish and maintain networks and personal relationships with foreign “assets” in the field.


The DI analyzes all-source intelligence and produces reports, briefings, and papers on key foreign intelligence issues.

This information comes from a variety of sources and methods, including U.S. personnel overseas, agent reports, satellite photography, foreign media, and sophisticated sensors.

The DI is responsible for timely, accurate, and relevant of intelligence analysis that is of concern to national security policymakers and other intelligence consumers.

While the CIA does not make foreign policy, our analysis of intelligence on overseas developments feeds into the informed decisions by policymakers and other senior decision makers in the national security and defense arenas.


The DS&T accesses, collects, and exploits information to facilitate the execution of the Agency’s mission by applying innovative, scientific, engineering, and technical solutions to the most critical intelligence problems.

The DS&T incorporates over 50 different disciplines ranging from computer programmers and engineers to scientists and analysts.

The DS&T partners with many other organizations in the IC, using best practices to foster creative thinking and working-level coordination. The DS&T continually seeks to push the boundaries of the state-of-the-art, infusing cutting-edge technologies with effective targeting and tradecraft.


The DS provides support that is critical to the Agency's intelligence mission.

The DS delivers a full range of support, including: acquisitions, communications, facilities services, financial management, information technology, medical services, logistics, and the security of Agency personnel, information, facilities and technology.

DS services are international in focus, clandestine in nature, and offered on a 24/7 basis. Its responsibilities extend well beyond the CIA, into the greater IC.


The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) has several staffs directly subordinate to him that deal with public affairs, human resources, mission innovation, protocol, congressional affairs, legal issues, information management, and internal oversight.