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    September 2019

    September 17, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: 9/11 Commendation Bar

    September 12, 2019 - World Factbook: Did you know that the twin cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela in Honduras, jointly, constitute the capital of the country? However, virtually all governmental institutions are on the Tegucigalpa side, which in practical terms makes Tegucigalpa the capital.

    September 10, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Letter Removal Device

    September 3, 2019 - World Factbook: The World Factbook Staff tries to keep up with scheduled elections in every country. However, election dates sometimes get changed unexpectedly. For example, earlier this year, the Bolivian Government moved the date of its national parliamentary elections from 27 October - the same date of elections as in Argentina and Uruguay - to 20 October to ensure that Bolivians residing in those countries are able to vote at polling locations in those countries.

    September 3, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: George Kisevalter Cufflinks

    August 2019

    August 29, 2019 - World Factbook: In the People and Society category for all countries, the former "Health Expenditures" field has been replaced with a "Current Health Expenditures" (CHE) entry that is calculated differently. An explanation of the new CHE field appears on the Definitions and Notes page, under the References tab.

    August 27, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: The “Flyaway Kit”

    August 22, 2019 - World Factbook: Ten new Travel Facts have been added to the website. Included are nine countries (Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, Zimbabwe) and one dependency (Greenland). The total number of available Travel Facts has now reached 164!

    August 21, 2019 - CIA Names New Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

    August 20, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Blood Chit

    August 20, 2019 - New CSI Book: The History of CIA's Office of Strategic Research, 1967-81 [PDF 3.0 MB*]

    August 15, 2019 - World Factbook: In light of recent events in the Persian Gulf, The World Factbook has added a special statement to the "Maritime threats" entry (in the Military and Security category) for Iran, Oman, and the Indian Ocean that warns of dangers to commercial shipping in the waters off the Iranian coast and around the Arabian Peninsula.

    August 13, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: NHB Groundbreaking Shovel

    August 8, 2019 - World Factbook: Have you ever been stumped by one of the quiz questions that appeared in What's New? Have you ever wondered at how many people use The World Factbook or how the Factbook's logo developed? Answers to all of these questions and many more may be found on the Did You Know? page - under the About tab.

    August 6, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: “Silver Dollar” Hollow Container

    August 1, 2019 -- Flying with Sharks: A Plan for Every Outcome

    August 1, 2019 - World Factbook: New Travel Facts pages for nine countries and one overseas territory - Grenada, Honduras, Hungary, Malta, Monaco, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Ukraine, Zambia, and Gibraltar - have been added to the website. The total number of entities with Travel Facts pages is now up to 154.

    July 2019

    July 30, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Irrawaddy Ambush

    July 25, 2019 - World Factbook: All of The World Factbook's Travel Facts and One-Page Country Summaries can now be accessed from two new links on the lower left of the home page. Individual country Travel Facts and One-Page Summaries will continue to be accessible from country pages. More Travel Facts - in addition to the already extensive selection - will be available soon.

    July 23, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Canteen

    July 19, 2019 - CIA Hosts Washington Intern Forum

    July 18, 2019 - World Factbook: In the Military category, the "Maritime Threats" field, has been updated with final 2018 numbers for all countries where seagoing piracy is a problem. Overall, there was a more than 10% increase in incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships during 2018 (201) when compared to 2017 (180).

    July 16, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport Bottle

    July 12, 2019 - Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani Visits CIA, Meets Program Alumna

    July 11, 2019 - World Factbook: A fourth tranche of the ever-popular country comparison maps has been uploaded onto the site, which means that almost 85% of the world's countries are now displayed in comparison to the United States. To see the relative size of a country shown superimposed over part of the US, go to the Geography section and check under "Area – comparative" (the fifth geography entry). Eventually, all country descriptions will include these useful and celebrated maps.

    July 10, 2019 - Check out the latest edition of Studies in Intelligence! Unclassified extracts from Volume 63, Number 2, June 2019. [PDF 2.8MB*]

    July 10, 2019 - Ask Molly: Q&A. This week's topic is on cybersecurity and protecting yourself online.

    July 9, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Distortion Measuring Set

    July 3, 2019 - World Factbook: While the availability of electricity has expanded rapidly over many parts of the world in the past few decades, there are still over 1 billion people worldwide that do not have access to electricity. The World Factbook recently updated all of its "Electricity access" entries with the latest available data from 2016 and 2017.

    July 2, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Untouchable

    June 2019

    June 27, 2019 - World Factbook: Four newly revised maps have been added to the site under the References tab>Regional and World Maps. The World Political map displays all the latest updates, including Kazakhstan's new capital, while three Americas regional maps - North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America - all now conform to the Factbook's new map style and colors.

    June 27, 2019 - World Factbook: Four newly revised maps have been added to the site under the References tab>Regional and World Maps. The World Political map displays all the latest updates, including Kazakhstan's new capital, while three Americas regional maps - North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America - all now conform to the Factbook's new map style and colors.

    June 27, 2019 - World Factbook: Four newly revised maps have been added to the site under the References tab>Regional and World Maps. The World Political map displays all the latest updates, including Kazakhstan's new capital, while three Americas regional maps - North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America - all now conform to the Factbook's new map style and colors.

    June 25, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Robot Fish "Charlie"

    June 20, 2019 - World Factbook: The World Factbook is proud to unveil its new Travel Facts feature! 144 country pages - ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen - now have an embedded Travel Facts icon, which visitors can click to reveal a downloadable one-page summary of important facts to know before traveling to that country.

    June 18, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Stereoscope & Case

    June 17, 2019 - CIA's Andrew Hallman Discusses Digital Futures at FedTalks 2019

    June 13, 2019 - Ask Molly: June 13, 2019. A writer wants to know if it's possible to get a tour of CIA Headquarters and CIA Museum. Read Molly's response to find out the answer.

    June 13, 2019 - World Factbook: The latest rankings (2017) on the top "Ports" and "Airports" have been entered into the 'World' entry. The ports information lists the top 20 container ports in terms of throughput numbers, while the airports data presents the top 10 airports by total passengers and by cargo traffic (in metric tons).

    June 12, 2019 - CIA Visits the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program

    June 11, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Escape & Evasion Survival Kit

    June 6, 2019 - World Factbook: The 8th Women's World Cup soccer tournament kicks off tomorrow in Paris; 24 nations will be competing in this quadrennial championship. To help familiarize visitors with the tourney participants, The World Factbook has prepared special One-Page Summaries for each of the 24 qualified finalists .

    June 4, 2019 - Balancing Transparency and Secrecy in a Digital Age

    June 4, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Mark IV Radio

    May 2019

    May 30, 2019 - World Factbook: Caves are an interesting and amazingly varied component of the earth's crust. The World Factbook has added Ten Cave Superlatives to its 'World' entry (under Geography>Terrain) to help you get a feel for the diversity of caves. Check it out and enjoy.

    May 28, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Digital X-Ray Detector Panel

    May 23, 2019 - World Factbook: Can you name the five countries that have one-syllable names? Hint: they begin with the initials C, F, G, L, and S.

    May 21, 2019 - CIA Pays Tribute to Its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony

    May 21, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: President Eisenhower Trowel

    May 16, 2019 - World Factbook: Although The World Factbook no longer appears in a printed format, annual editions - from 2000 onward - are available online and may be accessed on this site by two pathways. Visitors can click on THE WORLD FACTBOOK ARCHIVE in the upper right portion of any page on the website. Alternatively, the ARCHIVE may be accessed by visiting the Gallery of Covers, under the References tab, and clicking on any of the years that appear highlighted (blue).

    May 14, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Bolo Knife with Leather Sheath

    May 9, 2019 - World Factbook: For the first time in over a decade, a new appendix has been added to The World Factbook. Appendix H: Strategic Materials lists all of the compounds, metals, non-metals, and rare earth elements deemed to be of critical importance to US national security. The appendix consolidates much of the information that already appears in individual country 'natural resources' and 'economy' entries into a convenient one-stop source. Additionally, much supplementary data is included.

    May 7, 2019 - CIA’s Latest Layer: An Onion Site

    May 7, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Al-Qa’ida Training Manual

    May 2, 2019 - World Factbook: Last year the CIA's sister agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), produced a very well-received Africa Atlas. The NGA has allowed most of the maps from that Atlas to be used on The World Factbook's website. They were recently added and may be found under the References tab>Regional and World Maps.

    May 2, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    May 1, 2019 - Transparency at CIA

    April 2019

    April 30, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Operation JAWBREAKER Knife

    April 26, 2019 - CIA Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Becoming the George Bush Center for Intelligence

    April 25, 2019 - World Factbook: The Antarctica entry has been extensively updated with information provided by the Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Afffairs (OES). Included are the latest available figures on deployed staff at Antarctic field stations, and information on Antarctic governance (treaty updates), economic activities (fishing and tourism), natural resources, and environmental issues.

    April 23, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan's Boots

    April 19, 2019 - DCIA Haspel Visits Auburn University (blog and video)

    April 18, 2019 - CIA Director Gina Haspel Speaks at Auburn University

    April 18, 2019 - World Factbook: Did you know that despite Madagascar's close proximity to the African continent, ocean currents isolate the island (the world's fourth largest) resulting in high rates of endemic plant and animal species. Approximately 90% of the flora and fauna on the island are found nowhere else on earth. Just recently, five new miniaturized frog species were discovered, the largest of which can sit on a thumbnail with room to spare and the smallest of which is about the size of a grain of rice.

    April 16, 2019 - Women in Intel: Maria Gulovich

    April 16, 2019 - World Factbook: In response to the US recognition of Israel's claim to the Golan Heights on 25 March 2019, The World Factbook has updated all of its maps that show that portion of the Middle East.

    April 16, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Patch (Replica)

    April 12, 2019 - World Factbook: The east central African country of Burundi recently announced that it would make Gitega the political capital of the country, while Bujumbura, the former capital, would remain its economic capital. All branches of the government are expected to have moved from Bujumbura to Gitega by 2021. Gitega had been the capital of the Kingdom of Burundi up to 1966, when the country became a republic.

    April 11, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    April 9, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Les Marguerites Fleuriront ce Soir

    April 4, 2019 - World Factbook: In the People and Society category, "Age structure" field, the accompanying Population Pyramid has been updated for every country with the latest estimated numbers for 2018.

    April 3, 2019 - Women in Intel: Elizabeth Sudmeier

    April 2, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan's Razor and Case

    March 2019

    March 28, 2019 - World Factbook: On 20 March 2019, Kazakhstan changed the name of its capital city from Astana to Nur-Sultan in honor of its long-serving, recently retired president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. This is not the first time the city has had its name changed. Founded in 1830 as Akmoly, it became Akmolinsk in 1832, Tselinograd in 1961, Akmola in 1992, and Astana in 1998.

    March 27, 2019 - The March 2019 unclassified issue of Studies in Intelligence Vol. 63, No. 1 is out! The issue contains articles on the unique challenges of improving intelligence on proliferation issues for policymakers; a history of a small “amateur” intelligence network formed in Japanese-occupied Indochina by expatriate citizens of the UK and the US, who filled a vacuum Allied intelligence, including OSS, could not fill; and a look at the evolution of intelligence organizations in Kenya since the days of British rule ended. Twenty-two books on intelligence are reviewed in this issue—16 of them in the always popular Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf. The full issue is also available in PDF [2.4MB*].

    March 26, 2019 - The Intrepid Woman, Betty Ann Lussier

    March 26, 2019 - Women in Intel: Betty Ann Lussier

    March 26, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Elephant Counter

    March 25, 2019 - Michael Collins at CSIS

    March 22, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    March 21, 2019 - Women in Intel: Virginia Hall

    March 21, 2019 - World Factbook: In the Economy section for the five world oceans - the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans - a new "Marine fisheries" entry has been added that lists and describes the major fishing regions, the total tonnage caught, as well as the principal fish catches.

    March 19, 2019 - Women in Intel: "Spy Girl" Betty McIntosh

    March 19, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Paratrooper's M2 Pocket Knife

    March 18, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    March 18, 2019 - CIA Announces New Deputy Chief Operating Officer: John G. Edwards

    March 15, 2019 - Women in Intel: Marion Frieswyk

    March 14, 2019 - World Factbook: Where is the Kalahari Desert? You can find out by going to the Appendices tab>Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names. Under the ‘K’ entries you’ll discover the answer.

    March 13, 2019 - CIA Secrets to Creative Problem Solving at SXSW

    March 13, 2019 - World Factbook: Where in the Kalahari Desert? You can find out by going to the Appendices tab>Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names. Under the ‘K’ entries you’ll discover the answer.

    March 12, 2019 - Women in Intel: Captain Czech

    March 12, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: $20 Gold Coin Minted in 1858

    March 7, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    March 6, 2019 - World Factbook: Have you ever wondered where the hottest, coldest, driest, or wettest places in the world were located? Look no further than the World>Geography>"Climate" entry to find out. New subfields for the earth's ten driest, wettest, coldest, and hottest locales were recently added.

    March 5, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Woodsman's Pal Knife

    February 2019

    February 28, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    February 27, 2019 - World Factbook: The World Factbook has added seven new continent area comparison maps to its 'World' entry under "Area - comparative." Each of these interesting maps compares the United States to one of the world's seven continents. Check them out, the relative sizes of the land areas may surprise you.

    February 26, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: DCI Allen W. Dulles's Stamps

    February 22, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    February 21, 2019 - World Factbook: The Bosporus is one of the world's most strategic waterways; it is the strait that separates Europe to the west from Asia to the east. Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), one of the great historic cities of the world, straddles the Bosporus; it is the only metropolis in the world located on two continents. Can you identify the two bodies of water that the Bosporus connects? Consulting the map of Turkey will reveal the answer.

    February 19, 2019 - To Catch a Spy: 25th Anniversary of the Aldrich Ames Arrest

    February 19, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Subminiature "Dual Use" Camera

    February 14, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    February 14, 2019 - World Factbook: Greece and its northern neighbor Macedonia recently resolved a nearly-three-decade-old naming dispute in which both countries claimed historical rights to the name "Macedonia." The Republic of Macedonia agreed to change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia and this renaming was officially promulgated on 12 February 2019.

    February 12, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Miniature Volume of Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago

    February 7, 2019 - Ask Molly Q&A

    February 7, 2019 - World Factbook: Where is Tasmania? To find out, go to the Appendices tab>Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names. Under the ‘T’ entries you’ll discover the answer.

    February 5, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: A-12 Flight Suit Accoutrement

    February 4, 2019 - Have a Question About the CIA? #AskMollyHale!

    January 2019

    January 31, 2019 - World Factbook: The "Area - comparative" field in the World>Geography category contains many Top Ten rankings. Recently, listings for the Top Ten largest forested countries, the Top Ten most densely forested countries, and the Top Ten largest deserts were added to this field. Check it out.

    January 29, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan's Boots

    January 23, 2019 - Honoring the Legendary Tony Mendez

    January 23, 2019 - World Factbook: Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical lake and the second largest fresh water lake, is shared among three countries. Can you name them? Consulting one of the Africa maps under the References tab>Regional and World Maps will provide the answer.

    January 22, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Air America Pilot Cap

    January 18, 2019 - World Factbook: The Yucatan Peninsula is a huge land body extending north from Central America that divides the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea; it is shared by three countries. Can you name them? Various maps under the References tab will help you determine the answer.

    January 15, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    January 10, 2019 - World Factbook: These additional six common words - pains, plane, pure, rain, regalia, serial - can also be unscrambled to form the name of a country. How did you do?

    January 8, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Compass

    January 3, 2019 - World Factbook: Each of following six common words - also, chain, enemy, laity, mail, moan - can be unscrambled to form the name of a country. Did you get them all?

    January 1, 2019 - Artifact of the Week: The Well Dressed Spy … Bodyworn Surveillance Equipment

    December 2018

    December 25, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Pigeon Camera

    December 21, 2018 - 50 Years of "Operation Santa Claus"

    December 21, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Cyber Operations Officer

    December 18, 2018 - Pan Am 103 Lapel Pin

    December 17, 2018 - Sending Holiday Wishes Near and Far

    December 14, 2018 - CIA “Spider-Man"

    December 13, 2018 - Fifth Installment Available of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman"

    December 13, 2018 - World Factbook: There are 11 countries whose names begin with an 'A'; all but two of them also end with an 'A'. Can you name the two 'A' countries that don't end with an 'A'?

    December 11, 2018 - Handwritten Letter from Stalin’s Daughter

    December 6, 2018 - School Without Walls

    December 6, 2018 - World Factbook: All of the Energy numbers, including those for "Electricity," "Crude oil," "Refined petroleum products," "Natural gas," and "Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy," have been updated with the latest data available.

    December 4, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Mine Probing Tool

    December 1, 2018 - Honoring the Legacy of George H.W. Bush - the 11th Director of Central Intelligence

    December 1, 2018 - George H.W. Bush - the 11th Director of Central Intelligence

    December 1, 2018 - CIA Remembers Former Director, Former President George H.W. Bush

    November 2018

    November 29, 2018 - World Factbook: The number of countries by continent varies greatly. Africa has the most with 54; South America only has 12. To find out how many countries compose the other four inhabited continents (Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania), and which countries appear on what continent, visit the 'World' entry and go to the Geography category>countries by continent.

    November 27, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Concealed Compass

    November 21, 2018 - World Factbook: While a number of countries around the world celebrate harvest festivals, several observe a special Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving in the United States takes place on the fourth Thursday of November and typically includes a turkey dinner, with lots of trimmings.

    November 20, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Lapis Lazuli

    November 14, 2018 - Fourth Installment Available of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman"

    November 14, 2018 - World Factbook: Most maritime commercial cargo is containerized, and the distribution of container ports is a useful indicator of world maritime trade. The “Ports and terminals” entry in the Transportation section of the World entry has been updated to reflect the latest statistics on world container traffic.

    November 13, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan's Canteen

    November 8, 2018 - World Factbook: This Sunday, 11 November 2018, marks the centenary of the end of World War I. At 0510 on 11 November 1918 on a railroad siding in the Forest of Compiègne in northern France, the German delegation signed the terms of the armistice that ended the fighting at exactly 1100 on that day.

    November 7, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a CIA STEM Scholarship Student

    November 6, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Argo Ads and Articles in Variety

    November 1, 2018 - World Factbook: In the Government section, “Legislative branch” field, the ‘election results’ entry has been expanded for all European countries with the addition of text describing ‘composition,’ which tallies the number of men and women and the percent of women in unicameral and bicameral legislatures.

    October 2018

    October 31, 2018 - Spooky Stories for Halloween

    October 30, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Advanced Flaps and Seals Kit

    October 29, 2018 - DCIA Haspel Presented with the 2018 William J. Donovan Award

    October 25, 2018 - World Factbook: Did you know that The Sudd is a vast swamp in the north central region of South Sudan in Africa? Formed by the White Nile, its size varies but can reach some 15% of the countrys total area during the rainy season, making it is one of the worlds largest wetlands.

    October 23, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Letter from President Kennedy

    October 22, 2018 - The Language of Espionage

    October 18, 2018 - World Factbook: There are about a dozen countries in the world that have two capitals, but only one has three. Can you name this African country, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations?

    October 16, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Radio Receiver Concealment

    October 15, 2018 - Third Installment Available of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman"

    October 11, 2018 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month at CIA

    October 11, 2018 - World Factbook: The Black Sea, which lies between Europe and Asia, is bordered by six countries. Can you name them? Check your answer by consulting any one of a number of maps under the References tab.

    October 9, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Headphones with Bullet Strikes

    October 4, 2018 - World Factbook: In the Military category, the “Maritime threats” entry, which covers seagoing piracy, was recently updated for all countries where these threats exist.

    October 3, 2018 - Director Gina Haspel's Speech at the University of Louisville

    October 2, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Black Rhythm

    October 1, 2018 - How Missile Detection Technology Helps Fight Breast Cancer

    September 2018

    September 27, 2018 - World Factbook: In the Communications category, a new “Broadband – fixed subscriptions” field was recently added for all countries. Additionally, the data for “Telephones – fixed lines” and “Telephones – mobile cellular” has been updated.

    September 26, 2018 - Mi-17 JAWBREAKER Helicopter Arrives at CIA Headquarters

    September 25, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation

    September 24, 2018 - Speech: Director Haspel - McConnell Center at the University of Louisville

    September 20, 2018 - World Factbook: The “Constitution” entries under the Government category for all Western Hemisphere countries have been expanded with the inclusion of a summary description of the procedure for amending a country’s constitution. Expanded “Constitution” entries are now complete for all of the world’s nations.

    September 18, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Truman Seal

    September 14, 2018 - Second Installment Now Available of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman"

    September 13, 2018 - World Factbook: This island country flies the only national flag in the world that consists solely of four horizontal color bands (many countries have three bands, some have five). Can you name this Indian Ocean country?

    September 11, 2018 - CIA Honors Victims of 9/11 Attacks

    September 11, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: 9/11 Commendation Bar

    September 11, 2018 - New 9/11 Memorial at CIA Headquarters

    September 9, 2018 - CIA Unveils Memorial to Agency K9s

    September 6, 2018 - World Factbook: This large island in the Indian Ocean supports a unique biota; about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth. Can you name this island – the world’s fourth largest – which is also a country?

    September 5, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Publications Officer

    September 4, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Letter Removal Device

    August 2018

    August 31, 2018 - World Factbook: Forty newly commissioned area comparison maps have been added to the website, meaning that most major countries of the world now are displayed in comparison to the United States. To see the relative size of a country shown superimposed over part of the US, go to the Geography section and check under “Area – comparative” (the fifth geography entry).

    August 28, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Uniform of OSS Col. William H. Pietsch, Jr.

    August 23, 2018 - World Factbook: The Channel Islands, an archipelago in the British Channel off the coast of France, are composed of two Crown Dependencies. Can you name them? The answer may be found in Appendix F: Cross Reference List of Geographic names.

    August 22, 2018 - Director Haspel Welcomes Additions to Leadership Team

    August 22, 2018 - DCIA Message to the Workforce: New Chief Operating Officer

    August 22, 2018 - DCIA Message to the Workforce: Sonya Holt Selected to Serve as CIA’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    August 22, 2018 - Meet Our New Deputy Director

    August 21, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Pneumatic Tube Carrier

    August 20, 2018 - CIA Hosts Tony Dungy & James “JB” Brown for CIA Speaker Series

    August 16, 2018 - World Factbook: In the Economy category, the fields for “GDP (purchasing power parity),” “GDP (official exchange rate),” “GDP-real growth rate,” “GDP-per capita,” “Inflation rate,” “Public debt,” “Current account balance,” and “Gross national savings” were all recently updated.

    August 15, 2018 - CIA Kicks-off “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman,” A Series of Declassified Releases

    August 14, 2018 - Top 10 CIA Myths

    August 14, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport Souvenir Bag

    August 9, 2018 - World Factbook: Although Portugal is a small European country, it includes two prominent Atlantic archipelagos. Can you name them? Hint: Consulting any of The World Factbook’s World or Africa maps will quickly reveal the answer.

    August 7, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: The Airmens Bond

    August 3, 2018 - Project Whale Tale: U-2 Flights Off Aircraft Carriers

    August 2, 2018 - World Factbook: Did you know that the earth has two massive ice sheets, one in Antarctica, the other in Greenland. The former, which covers 98% of the Antarctic continent, is the largest single mass of ice on the earth covering an area of 14 million square kilometers (5.4 million square miles). Check the References tab>Regional and World Maps to peruse various maps that show the extent of the ice sheets.

    August 2, 2018 - Wakandan Technology Today: A CIA Scientist Explores the Possibilities

    August 2, 2018 - CIA Hosts Inaugural STEM Camp to Bolster STEM Recruitment

    August 1, 2018 - President Trump Announces Intent To Appoint Veteran Agency Officer Vaughn F. Bishop as CIA Deputy Director

    July 2018

    July 31, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Skyhook Extraction Mechanism Instructions

    July 26, 2018 - That Time CIA Used Tiger Droppings as a Covert Tracking Device

    July 26, 2018 - World Factbook: Did you know that there are four countries that make up the Horn of Africa, the eastern part of the continent that sticks out into the Indian Ocean? They are Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti (the initials spell SEED). The Horn designation is derived from its shape being reminiscent of a rhinoceros horn. Check out the Africa maps under the References tab>Regional and World Maps to see for yourself.

    July 25, 2018 - GRAB: First Signals Intelligence Satellite

    July 24, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Belly Buster Drill

    July 19, 2018 - World Factbook: The World Factbook Archives have been expanded and now include all the editions from 2000 to 2017. The Archives may be accessed by clicking on Download Publication in the upper right corner of the home page.

    July 17, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Minox B Camera

    July 16, 2018 - The latest issue of Studies in Intelligence is out! This issue of features articles on: intelligence today and tomorrow, historical perspectives on OSS, analysis of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, intelligence in popular culture and media, and the always popular Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf. Unclassified extracts from Studies in Intelligence Volume 62, Number 2 (June 2018) are also available in PDF [4.3MB*]

    July 12, 2018 - World Factbook: Newly redesigned special one-page country Summaries for the World Cup finalists – Croatia and France – may be found at the end of the introductory Background statement for those two countries. The Summaries highlight key World Cup information in addition to selected facts from The World Factbook.

    July 11, 2018 - CIA Makes Progress on Women in Leadership

    July 10, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Distortion Measuring Set

    July 5, 2018 - World Factbook: Special World Cup one-page-country Summaries are available for the eight countries that have reached the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament - Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, England (United Kingdom), France, Russia, Sweden, Uruguay. The Summaries are located at the end of the introductory Background statements for each of those countries.

    July 3, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: Flag that Flew Above the Glomar Explorer

    June 2018

    June 28, 2018 - World Factbook: Which of these countries – Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Serbia, or Switzerland – is the smallest participating in the World Cup tournament (by area)? Find the answer by going to the References tab and clicking on the Guide to Country Comparisons>Geography>Area.

    June 26, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: FBIS Text Message Announcing Yugoslavian President Tito's Death

    June 25, 2018 - CIA Celebrates Pride Month

    June 25, 2018 - Daniel Craig Visits the Agency to Discuss the Reel vs Real of Espionage

    June 21, 2018 - World Factbook: The five African nations competing at the ongoing soccer World Cup tournament in Russia – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia – include two of the world’s most populous countries and three others with residents in excess of 11 million.

    June 19, 2018 - Artifact of the Week: “Dead” Drop Spike

    June 14, 2018 - World Factbook: The World Factbook is pleased to announce the addition of one-page country Summaries to its site. Links to 10 selected country Summaries – those of Afghanistan, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, North Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States – may be found at the end of the introductory Background statement for each of those countries.

    June 12, 2018 - CIA Pays Tribute to its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony

    June 12, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: OSS Wax Seal Embosser

    June 12, 2018 - Happy Birthday, President Bush!

    June 11, 2018 - CIA Releases Material, Including Videos, About President George H.W. Bush

    June 7, 2018 - World Factbook: In the People and Society category, “Urbanization” field, both of the subfields - for ‘urban population’ and ‘rate of urbanization’ - were recently updated for all countries.

    June 6, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Cyber Threat Analyst

    June 5, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: “Silver Dollar” Hollow Container

    June 4, 2018 - Former CIA Officers Discuss the Reel vs. Real of Espionage with Cast, Creator of The Americans.

    May 2018

    May 31, 2018 - World Factbook: On 18 April 2018, the king of Swaziland announced his intention to change the internationally used name of his country to more closely reflect the Swazi-language form of the name. On 25 May 2018, the US Board on Geographic Names – Foreign Names Committee voted to approve the changes and they have now been incorporated into The World Factbook.

    May 30, 2018 - CIA's "Reel vs Real" Event with Special Guests from FX's "The Americans." #ReelvsRealCIA

    May 29, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Studio Six Productions Logo Items

    May 25, 2018 - Ian Fleming: The Man Behind the Most Famous Spy

    May 22, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: E Street Complex Sign with CIA Seal

    May 21, 2018 - Gina Haspel Sworn in as First Female CIA Director

    May 16, 2018 - World Factbook: Many national flags exhibit either numerous stars or merely one star in their design. There are only four countries that prominently display just two stars on their flag. Can you identify them? Consult the References tab>Flags of the World to determine the answer. Hint: Three of the four countries all begin with the same letter of the alphabet.

    May 15, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Message from Moscow

    May 10, 2018 - World Factbook: On Friday 4 May 2018 at 11:30 pm (23:30 hours), North Korea turned its clocks forward one-half hour to Saturday 5 May 12:00 midnight to align its time zone with that in South Korea. This time difference is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC; formerly Greenwich Mean Time) and 14 hours ahead of Washington, DC. Time differences for every country in The World Factbook may be found in the Government category, “Capital” entry.

    May 9, 2018 - Gina Haspel SSCI Statement for the Record

    May 8, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Air America ID Card

    May 3, 2018 - World Factbook: Although most of the length of the Amazon River passes through Brazil, that country is not the ultimate source of that river. Can you name the country where the Amazon originates? Hint: You can determine the answer by consulting either of the South America maps under the References tab>Regional and World Maps.

    May 2, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Field Utility Systems Specialist

    May 1, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: U-2 Model used by Francis Gary Powers

    April 2018

    April 26, 2018 - Gina Haspel Assumes Role of Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

    April 26, 2018 - World Factbook: After almost six decades of rule by the Castro brothers – first Fidel and then Raul – Cuba on April 19th installed a new president, Miguel Diaz-Canel. Check the Government section, "Executive branch" entry to see other recently inaugurated or newly elected presidents including those of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Costa Rica, Montenegro, Paraguay, and Sierra Leone.

    April 24, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: U-2 Pilot’s Partial Pressure Suit and Helmet

    April 19, 2018 - World Factbook: Sunday April 22 will mark Earth Day, which was “born” in the United States in 1970 and is now observed in virtually every country on earth (192 of 195 countries by last count). Planet earth was “born” a very long time ago, see the “Geography – note” in the World entry to find out just how old the earth is. While in the World entry, check out the “Geographic overview” to learn a lot of additional fun facts about the earth.

    April 17, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Sculpted Clay Ear

    April 12, 2018 - New edition of Studies in Intelligence! Check out the unclassified extracts from the March 2018 issue of Studies: Volume 62, Number 1. There are over a dozen articles in this edition covering Historical Perspectives, Intelligence Today and Tomorrow, Intelligence in Public Media, and, of course, the ever-popular Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf. All available now for your reading pleasure. PDF version available here: [PDF 12.9MB*]

    April 11, 2018 - World Factbook: This week is National Library Week. One of the largest and most famous libraries in the ancient world was the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt (founded about 295 B.C., it may have survived in some form into the 5th century A.D.). The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an Egyptian National Library established in 2002 on the site of the original Great Library, commemorates the original archive and cultural center. Consult the map of Egypt to find the location of Alexandria. Note that it is not on the Nile River as many other major Egyptian cities are. Can you think why the ancients may have wanted to set up the library where they did?

    April 10, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Manganese Nodule Encased in Lucite

    April 5, 2018 - World Factbook: The ongoing National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC commemorates Japan’s friendship gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the US in 1912 – and provides an opportunity for a Japan-related query. Japan is composed of four main Home Islands and 6,848 smaller islands and islets. Can you name the Home Islands? The answer may be found in the Japan entry by checking the Japan map or the Geography – note.

    April 3, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: George Kisevalter Cufflinks

    April 2, 2018 - 20th Anniversary of the US Embassy Bombings in East Africa

    March 2018

    March 29, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Science, Technology, and Weapons Analyst

    March 29, 2018 - World Factbook: The Gulf of Tonkin in Southeast Asia borders what countries? A. Cambodia, B. China, C. Vietnam, D. Both A & C, or E. Both B & C. Find the answer by checking the References tab>Regional and World Maps>Southeast Asia map(s).

    March 28, 2018 - Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to CIA’s Predecessor, OSS

    March 27, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: A Psychological Analysis of Hitler by Walter Langer

    March 26, 2018 - New CSI Publication - Voices from the Station: The Evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon [PDF 987 KB*]

    March 23, 2018 - Counterintelligence at CIA: A Brief History

    March 23, 2018 - Get to Know our Deputy Director

    March 22, 2018 - World Factbook: The Baltic Sea, an extension of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Europe, is bordered by nine countries. Can you name them? Consult the References tab>Regional and World Maps>Europe to identify them.

    March 20, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport (CAT) "Lucky Dragon" Pin

    March 19, 2018 - Bipartisan Support for Gina Haspel’s Nomination to be CIA Director From Distinguished National Security Leaders.

    March 15, 2018 - World Factbook: South America only has two landlocked countries. Can you name them? Check the References tab>Regional and World Maps>South America to come up with the answer.

    March 14, 2018 - Happy Pi Day!

    March 13, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Compass

    March 9, 2018 - CIA Chief Operating Officer Speaks to Annuitants at CIRA Event

    March 9, 2018 - World Factbook: Africa has the most countries (54) of any continent; 16 of these countries (30%) are landlocked. Can you name them? Refer to the References tab>Regional and World Maps>Africa to see if you can find them all.

    March 7, 2018 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Helge Boes

    March 6, 2018 - The Women Who Lived at CIA

    March 6, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Thuraya Satellite Phone

    March 5, 2018 - World Factbook: There is an amazing diversity of “fascinating facts at your fingertips” available in The World Factbook, here are some examples. The height of a horse is measured in hands. How wide is a hand - in either centimeters or inches? Find the answer in Appendix G: Weights and Measures. Which country produces more electricity, India or Russia? Locate the answer under the References tab>Guide to Country Comparisons>Energy>Electricity Production. Where are the next Summer Olympics to be held? See Appendix B: International Organizations and Groups>International Olympic Committee.

    March 1, 2018 - OSS Creates First CI Division

    February 2018

    February 28, 2018 - CIA Kicks-off Signature School Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago

    February 28, 2018 - Making Black History, Today

    February 27, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Identification Card of Allen W. Dulles

    February 23, 2018 - World Factbook: The Arabian Peninsula Is composed of seven countries entirely and parts of two others; it occupies about 3.2 million square kilometers and is often cited as the world’s largest peninsula. Can you name its seven constituent parts? (Note that one of the seven countries is an offshore archipelago linked to the peninsula by a causeway.) The Middle East maps – under the References tab>Regional and World Maps – will provide the answer.

    February 22, 2018 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Billy Jack Johnson

    February 20, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Insectothopter

    February 16, 2018 - World Factbook: The Southern Cross constellation (also known as Crux) is a group of four bright stars in the southern sky; it is distinctly displayed on the national flags of five Southern Hemisphere countries. In the flag of Brazil, it appears centered within a spray of stars and can be overlooked. However, on the flags of the other four countries the constellation makes up a conspicuous part of the design. Can you name the four additional countries that carry the Southern Cross? Check the Flags of the World page under the References tab to find the answers. Hint: The countries all fall within, or border on, the South Pacific Ocean.

    February 14, 2018 - Romeo Spies

    February 13, 2018 - Pompeo Testifies on Top Global Threats Facing the US Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Today

    February 13, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office Computer Used by Aldrich Ames

    February 9, 2018 - World Factbook: Expansion of the “Constitution” entry under the ‘Government’ category continues with the inclusion of a summary description of the procedure for amending a country’s constitution. Expanded entries are now available for countries in East Asia and the Pacific region as well as the previously completed entries for African, European, Middle Eastern, and South and Central Asian countries. In coming weeks, amending procedures will be added for Western Hemisphere countries.

    February 6, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Pointy-Talky Language Chart

    February 1, 2018 - World Factbook: If the temperature in the West African city of Dakar is 98 degrees Fahrenheit, what is this in degrees Celsius? See Appendix G: Weights and Measures to find out how to convert from degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius or vice versa. Then check out one of the Africa maps (under the References tab>Regional and World Maps) to find out what country Dakar is the capital of.

    January 2018

    January 31, 2018 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Frank A. Darling

    January 31, 2018 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Dr. Lansing H. Bennett

    January 30, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Bust of William J. Casey

    January 26, 2018 - World Factbook: In the economy and energy categories, all of the data have been updated through 2017, or through the most recent year for which data are available.

    January 23, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Former Soviet Pilot Viktor Belenko’s Military ID Document

    January 19, 2018 - World Factbook: This landlocked country – one of two in South America – holds the record for the most official languages. According to its 2009 constitution, it has 37 official languages (Spanish plus 36 indigenous languages). Check the appropriate “Language” entries to determine the name of the country.

    January 18, 2018 - Statement from CIA Director Pompeo on Former DCI Admiral Stansfield Turner

    January 16, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Silk Escape and Evasion Map

    January 11, 2018 - World Factbook: Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake and the world’s second-largest freshwater lake, after North America’s Lake Superior. It is also one of the sources of the Nile River. The lake is divided among three countries. Can you name them? Check any of the Africa maps under the References tab to come up with the answer.

    January 9, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: AN-2 Throttle

    January 5, 2018 - World Factbook: No less than five African countries have at least two national capitals (usually one serves as an administrative capital while the other seats the legislature). The countries are: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania. Check the “Capital” entry (under Government) for each of these countries to learn the names of the dual (and in one case triple) capital cities.

    January 2, 2018 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport Picture


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