Who We Are

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. Serving side-by-side with our mission colleagues from the Directorate of Intelligence, the Directorate of Science & Technology, and the National Clandestine Service, our job is to ensure that all our mission elements have everything they need for success.


In response to the wide-ranging needs of the intelligence mission, we recruit, hire and train people with skills that include medical services, logistics, security, IT, engineering, finance, education, facilities management, and HR. No other Agency component has as many professionals with such a broad range of skill sets — DS includes over 100 distinct occupational categories.

The DS includes officers with targeted skills, such as doctors, finance officers, information security specialists, graphics artists, etc., as well as support generalists who are expected to demonstrate of wide array of talent and acumen. Regardless of the specific area of expertise, all of our officers are constantly challenged to learn, to adapt, and to contribute to a variety of mission critical situations.

Selected Occupational Groups on the Support to Mission team:

  • Security
  • Medical
  • Logistics
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Mission Support
  • General Support