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    May 2016

    May 31, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: RS-6 Agent Radio Set

    May 27, 2016 - World Factbook: Did you know that The World Factbook is a primary reference used in the National Geographic Society’s Geography Bee? This year’s final, featuring the 54 US state and territory champions – culled from about 2.5 million US students aged 10 to 14, was held this past week in Washington, DC.

    May 26, 2016 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Nels “Benny” Benson

    May 26, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Djibouti, Kosovo, Montenegro, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sweden and Turkey. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 19-26, 2016.

    May 24, 2016 - CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony

    May 24, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: OSS Officer William H. Pietsch, Jr., Mentioned in Dispatch from King George VI

    May 19, 2016 - World Factbook: Composed of 155 islands, this is Africa’s smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria. Can you identify the country on the Africa map (under the References tab)?

    May 19, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ireland, and Kosovo. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 12-18, 2016.

    May 17, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: An Air Combat First

    May 12, 2016 - World Factbook: Did you know that three of the world’s Top Ten Largest Islands are in Canada and three are in Indonesia? To see the complete list of the ten largest islands go to the Geography section of the World listing and scroll to the “Area – comparative” entry. You will also find lots of other Top Tens scattered throughout the World description.

    May 12, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Ecuador, The Gambia, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 4-11, 2016.

    May 11, 2016 - “A Contingency for Every Action”––CIA Intelligence Art Gallery’s Newest Addition

    May 10, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Helms Letter

    May 6, 2016 - World Factbook: The US Board on Geographic Names (BGN) standardizes the spelling and usage of geographic names – foreign and domestic – throughout the US Government. (The World Factbook closely adheres to the BGN’s naming conventions.) The BGN’s geographers refer to a country’s first order (largest) administrative units as ADM1s. For the US, these would be the 50 states and 1 district. In Canada, the ADM1s are the 10 provinces and 3 territories. There is one Central European country, however, that according to the BGN has 212 ADM1s – referred to as municipalities. This total is easily the largest for any nation in the world. You can determine what country this is by checking out the “Administrative divisions” entry (under Government) for the various countries of Central Europe.

    May 5, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bulgaria, Colombia, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, New Zealand, Somalia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 20-May 4, 2016.

    May 3, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Model of Abbottabad Compound

    April 2016

    April 29, 2016 - CIA Director's Message to the Workforce: Remembering the Raid in Abbottabad

    April 29, 2016 - Minutes and Years: The Bin Ladin Operation

    April 29, 2016 - World Factbook: The Kalahari Desert covers a considerable part of this southern African country formerly known as Bechuanaland. Can you name the country? The physical map of Africa under the References tab shows the location of the Kalahari Desert; looking up Bechuanaland under Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names will reveal the country’s current name.

    April 28, 2016 - Secret Writing: CIA’s Oldest Classified Documents Released Five Years Ago

    April 27, 2016 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: James Michael Lewek

    April 26, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Counterfeit Nazi Stamp

    April 22, 2016 - CIA Selects New Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer

    April 22, 2016 - World Factbook: Did you know that the name of Canada derives from the Iroquoian word "kanata" meaning village or settlement, while Mexico’s name derives from the Mexica, the largest and most powerful branch of the Aztecs? The World Factbook has added country name etymologies (historical origins); these descriptions appear in the “Country name” entry under the Government section.

    April 21, 2016 - Remarks of Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director David S. Cohen as Prepared for Delivery at the Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law “Governing Intelligence” Conference

    April 21, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Canada, Chad, Indonesia, Kosovo, Madagascar, Marshall Islands, Niger, Portugal, Slovakia, Timor-Leste, and Turkmenistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 7-19, 2016.

    April 19, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Bay of Pigs Patch

    April 18, 2016 - The Negotiator

    April 18, 2016 - The Bay of Pigs Invasion

    April 18, 2016 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Ray, Baker, Shamburger & Gray

    April 15, 2016 - World Factbook: Milwaukee Deep, the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean (-8,605 meters; -28,230 feet), lies due north of a major Caribbean island. Can you name it? Check the References tab>Regional and World Maps>Central America and the Caribbean map to find the island.

    April 12, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Paratrooper’s M2 Pocket Knife

    April 8, 2016 - World Factbook: The four white, five-pointed stars on this Pacific island nation’s flag represent its four island groups of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. All the islands used to be referred to as the Caroline Islands. Can you come up with the country’s current name? The answer may be found by either referencing the regional map of Oceania under the References tab or by locating Caroline Islands under Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names.

    April 7, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Burma. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 31-April 6, 2016.

    April 5, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: “Belly Buster” Hand-Crank Audio Drill

    April 1, 2016 - World Factbook: Only one country’s flag depicts an actual existing building. Can you name it? Check the References tab>Flags of the World to find the answer. Hint: The country lies in Southeast Asia.

    March 2016

    March 31, 2016 - Statement from CIA on K-9 Training Incident in Loudoun County, VA

    March 31, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bahrain, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Oman and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 17-30, 2016.

    March 30, 2016 - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 60 No.1 now available on CIA.gov

    March 29, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport Souvenir Bag

    March 22, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Desk

    March 17, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belize, Cuba, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Mauritius and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 10-16, 2016.

    March 17, 2016 - World Factbook: Can you name the country that is currently thought to hold the largest proved reserves of crude oil in the world? (The answer may surprise you.) To find out, go to the References tab>Guide to Country Comparisons> Energy>Crude oil – proved reserves.

    March 15, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Robot Fish "Charlie"

    March 10, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Portugal and South Korea. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 3-9, 2016.

    March 10, 2016 - World Factbook: Do you know what country is the least populous on earth? Check the “Population” field under World entry to find out. Hint: It is also the world’s smallest country by size.

    March 8, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Letter Removal Device

    March 4, 2016 - Remarks for CIA Director John O. Brennan as Prepared for Delivery at the Navy SEAL Foundation 8th New York City Benefit Dinner (March 3, 2016)

    March 3, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Burkina Faso, Denmark, Greece, Japan, Norway and Sri Lanka. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 25-March 2, 2016.

    March 1, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Blood Chit

    February 2016

    February 26, 2016 - World Factbook: In the Geography section for all countries, the “Elevation” entry has been expanded to now include subfields for ‘mean elevation’ and ‘elevation extremes’ (including ‘lowest point’ and ‘highest point’).

    February 25, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Austria, Chad, France, Iraq, Mauritania, and Mexico. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 18-24, 2016.

    February 23, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Belt

    February 19, 2016 - World Factbook: The fields in the Energy category for all countries have been rolled forward one year to include data through 2015.

    February 19, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Austria, Lebanon, Venezuela, and Taiwan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 12-17, 2016.

    February 16, 2016 - CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives

    February 16, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Truman Seal

    February 14, 2016 - The Spymaster’s Toolkit

    February 12, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Argentina, Brunei, Burkina, Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Korea, and Taiwan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 4-11, 2016.

    February 12, 2016 - World Factbook: The fields in the Economy section for all countries have been rolled forward one year to include numerical and textual information through 2015.

    February 9, 2016 - CIA Releases Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for 2016-2019

    February 9, 2016 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Black Rhythm

    February 8, 2016 - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 59 No.4 now available on CIA.gov

    February 5, 2016 - World Factbook: Do you know where the Norman Isles are? Check Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names to find the more common name for the isles, the names of the two main islands, as well as their latitude and longitude.

    February 5, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Egypt, France, Israel, Laos, Moldova, Qatar, Syria, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 28-February 3, 2016.

    February 2, 2016- CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Silk Escape and Evasion Map

    January 2016

    January 29, 2016 - CIA Welcomes Former President George H.W. Bush Back to CIA to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Swearing-in as Director of Central Intelligence

    January 29, 2016 - Bush as Director of Central Intelligence

    January 29, 2016 - World Factbook: The WHO is a specialized UN agency. Do you know what the initials stand for? When the agency was formed? And what its present membership is? Find the answers in Appendix B.

    January 29, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for India, Iraq, and Tunisia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 21-27, 2016.

    January 26, 2016- CIA Artifact of the Week: “Studio Six Productions” Logo Items

    January 21, 2016 - How To Investigate a Flying Saucer

    January 21, 2016 - Take A Peek Into Our “X-Files”

    January 21, 2016 - World Factbook: The most common symbols appearing on flags around the world are stars and stripes (horizontal or vertical). Crosses, crescent moons, and triangles are also fairly common. There are only two countries, however, that display the shape of a diamond (also called a rhombus; with all four sides having the same length) on their flag. Can you name these Western Hemisphere countries? Check the References tab>Flags of the World to help you determine the answer.

    January 21, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Georgia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Paraguay, Sudan and Turkmenistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 14-20, 2016.

    January 19, 2016- CIA Artifact of the Week: Pigeon Camera

    January 15, 2016 - World Factbook: A new “Citizenship” field has been added to the Government section of all countries describing policies related to the acquisition of citizenship and recognition of dual citizenship. The definition for this field (under the References tab>Definitions and Notes) provides additional information regarding the ways citizenship is acquired. Note that for most countries of the world, citizenship is acquired through descent, known as the principal of Jus sanguinis, where parents must be citizens of a country for their children to acquire citizenship in that country.

    January 14, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Israel, Laos, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 11-13, 2016.

    January 12, 2016- CIA Artifact of the Week: Persian Gulf War Leaflets

    January 11, 2016 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Macedonia, Mexico, North Korea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 3, 2015-January 10, 2016.

    January 7, 2016 - New "Accessibility" section has been added to cia.gov under About CIA. There you'll find the Agency IT Accessibility Standards Checklist, which was created to help make sure our IT platforms and web presence are accessible to people with disabilities.

    January 7, 2016 - New "Publications Review Board" section has been added to cia.gov under About CIA.

    January 5, 2016- CIA Artifact of the Week: Piece of Metal from A-12

    December 2015

    December 31, 2015 - CIA's Top 15 Stories of 2015

    December 30, 2015 - World Factbook: Can you name the African country that is more than 96% desert yet supports a population of over 88 million people – the second highest total on the continent? The answer may be ascertained by going to the References tab, clicking on Guide to Country Comparisons>People and Society>Population.

    December 29, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Insectothopter

    December 22, 2015 - If You Want a Friend in Washington...

    December 22, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Pan Am 103 Lapel Pin

    December 17, 2015 - Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Legend of the Jedburghs

    December 17, 2015 - World Factbook: In the People and Society section, the “Unemployment – youth ages 15-24” entry has been updated.

    December 15, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Woodsman’s Pal Knife

    December 10, 2015 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Greg Wright

    December 10, 2015 - World Factbook: How many fathoms make up a cable (length)? Check Appendix G: Weights and Measures for the answer!

    December 8, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Admiral Calland’s Desert Combat Uniform Top

    December 4, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bangladesh, Guatemala, Pakistan, Portugal, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tonga. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 25-December 3, 2015.

    December 1, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: FBIS Central Eurasia Report Glossary of Selected Russian Social Science Terms

    November 2015

    November 25, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Peru, Poland, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 19-24, 2015.

    November 24, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Saddle Bag

    November 20, 2015 - World Factbook: Where applicable, all of the “Constitution” entries were recently updated throughout the Factbook.

    November 19, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bolivia, Canada, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Fiji, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Peru, Romania and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 12-18, 2015.

    November 17, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: A-12 Flight Suit Accoutrement

    November 16, 2015 - Remarks for CIA Director John O. Brennan as Prepared for Delivery at the Center for Strategic & International Studies Global Security Forum 2015

    November 13, 2015 - World Factbook: Under the Transnational Issues > “Refugees and internally displaced persons” field for Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia, estimates have been added for the total number of recently arrived refugees and migrants. While it is impossible to specify how many of these people are refugees or what their country of origins are, these numbers at least present a rough estimate. People will, naturally, continue to keep moving around within Europe and new numbers will arrive, so the totals will be constantly changing. We will update our estimates on at least a monthly basis.

    November 12, 2015 - OXCART vs Blackbird: Do You Know the Difference?

    November 12, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Canada and Nepal. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 5-11, 2015.

    November 10, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: A-12 Full Pressure Suit

    November 9, 2015 - Remarks for CIA Director John O. Brennan as Prepared for Delivery at the OSS Society Donovan Award Dinner in Honor of Amb. Hugh Montgomery (November 7, 2015)

    November 6, 2015 - What do James Bond, Downton Abbey, and the CIA have in Common?

    November 6, 2015 - Remarks for CIA Director John O. Brennan as Prepared for Delivery at the National Defense University Foundation American Patriot Award Ceremony (November 5, 2015)

    November 6, 2015 - World Factbook: All of the entries in the Energy section were recently updated with the latest available data.

    November 5, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for France, Israel, Maldives, Nepal, Portugal, Solomon Islands and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 29-November 4, 2015.

    November 3, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Radio Receiver Concealment

    October 2015

    October 30, 2015 - World Factbook: A link to a special Middle East and North Africa Religious Affiliation chart has been set up in the “Religions” entry for 20 countries ranging from Algeria to Yemen. Check it out.

    October 30, 2015 - Lyman Kirkpatrick: "Hell on Wheels"

    October 29, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for the Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 22-28, 2015.

    October 27, 2015 - Remarks for CIA Director John O. Brennan as Prepared for Delivery at the Conference on the Ethos and Profession of Intelligence, George Washington University

    October 27, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Sculpted Clay Ear

    October 22, 2015 - World Factbook: Maritime piracy continues to be a concern in certain areas of the world. While successful pirate attacks have decreased off the East African coast, they have become more widespread off West Africa. Attacks in the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea also persist. Further details addressing piracy may be found in the "Transportation note" under the World entry, as well as under various countries bordering the Indian Ocean, and entries for Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

    October 22, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cameroon, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Laos, Nepal and the Philippines. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 15-21, 2015.

    October 20, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Digital X-Ray Detector Panel

    October 20, 2015 CIA and George Washington University to Co-Host Major Public Conference on National Security Issues

    October 16, 2015 - World Factbook: Can you name the Polynesian island nation that owns the Internet top level domain extension of “.tv”? Consult Appendix D: Cross-Reference List of Country Data Codes and check under the “T” countries for the answer.

    October 15, 2015 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Michael McPherson Deuel

    October 15, 2015 - Remembering CIA’s Heroes: Michael Arthur Maloney

    October 15, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Brazil, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Mali and Niger. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 8-14, 2015.

    October 14, 2015 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Political Analyst Intern

    October 13, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: U-2 Model used by Francis Gary Powers

    October 9, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Egypt, Georgia, Haiti, Moldova, Mongolia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, South Korea and Suriname. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 24-October 7, 2015.

    October 9, 2015 - World Factbook: The Standard Time Zones of the World map was recently updated. Check it out by going to the Regional and World Maps page and scrolling down, or click here to pull up a PDF version.

    October 8, 2015 - Virginia Hall: The Courage and Daring of “The Limping Lady”

    October 6, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: E Street Complex Sign with CIA Seal

    October 2, 2015 - There is a unique large body of water in northern South America that is connected to the Gulf of Venezuela (Golfo de Venezuela) and ultimately the Caribbean Sea by the 5.5 km- (3.4 mi-) wide Tablazo Strait. Although its water is brackish and it is often thought of as a bay, this feature is frequently referred to as a lake. If so considered, it becomes South America’s largest lake (or lago in Spanish). Can you name it? The “lake” can easily be spotted on The World Factbook’s Central America and the Caribbean regional reference map.

    October 1, 2015 - CIA Achieves Key Milestone in Agency-Wide Modernization Initiative

    September 2015

    September 29, 2015 - The OSS Architect Who Designed the UN Logo

    September 29, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Pin

    September 29, 2015 - Studies in Intelligence Vol. 59 No.3 now available on CIA.gov

    September 25, 2015 - World Factbook: Area comparison maps are now available for about half of the countries in The World Factbook! 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 popular maps.

    September 24, 2015 - Mystery Writers and Other Surprising Facts About Studies

    September 24, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia, Belgium, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Israel, Turkey and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period 17-23 September 2015.

    September 23, 2015 - Studies in Intelligence Celebrates 60th Birthday

    September 22, 2015 - Top 10 Research Tips for a Great School Year from CIA Librarians

    September 22, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Seismic Intruder Detection Devices

    September 18, 2015 - Deputy Director Cohen Delivers Remarks on CIA of the Future at Cornell University

    September 18, 2015 - World Factbook: This month marks the 125th anniversary of the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN), an interagency body that standardizes and approves geographic names of domestic, foreign, Antarctic, and undersea features for Federal Government use. The place name spellings used throughout The World Factbook are those approved by the BGN.

    September 17, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Cuba, Estonia, Haiti, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period 10-16 September 2015.

    September 16, 2015 - CIA Releases Roughly 2,500 Declassified President’s Daily Briefs at Event Hosted by LBJ Presidential Library and University of Texas at Austin

    September 16, 2015 - Remarks as Prepared for Delivery CIA Director John O. Brennan at the President’s Daily Brief Public Release, LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

    September 16, 2015President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Kennedy and Johnson

    September 15, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport (CAT) Notepad

    September 11, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Egypt, France, Sudan, and Sri Lanka. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 3-9, 2015.

    September 11, 2015 - World Factbook: In the People and Society category, the fields for "HIV/AIDS," "Drinking water source," and "Sanitation facility access" were recently updated with the latest available data.

    September 9, 2015 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Leadership Analyst Intern

    September 9, 2015 - CIA to Release Declassified President’s Daily Brief Articles at Event Hosted by LBJ Presidential Library and University of Texas at Austin

    September 8, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Distinguished Service Cross

    September 8, 2015 - Making Progress on Women in Leadership Initiative

    September 8, 2015 - Director's Advisory Group Implementation: Year Two Report to the Workforce (July 2015) [PDF 810.28KB*]

    September 3, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 27-September 2, 2015.

    September 2, 2015 - World Factbook: The “Executive branch” entries for all countries were recently expanded. The subentry ‘elections’ has been replaced with ‘elections/appointments,’ and now includes more detailed information on the selection process for the ‘chief of state’ and ‘head of government’ subentries. The subentry ‘election results’ now includes the name or abbreviation of each candidate’s political party affiliation.

    September 1, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Blood Chit

    August 2015

    August 27, 2015 - World Factbook: On August 15, 2015, North Korea changed its time zone by half an hour to the same time as it used over a century ago. To find out how the change relates to South Korean time, go to the Government section for each of the countries and check the “Capital” entry. Here you can find the time difference in the capital cities compared to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

    August 27, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Burundi, Lithuania, Malawi, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 20-26, 2015.

    August 26, 2015 - CIA's Top 10 Dog Training Tips

    August 25, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Civil Air Transport Cigarette Lighter

    August 24, 2015 - CIA Acquires CAT

    August 21, 2015 - Fallen Agent Memorial gallery added to Headquarters Photo Tour, Original Headquarters Building section.

    August 20, 2015 - World Factbook: In the Transportation category, the “Railways” entry has been updated where possible with the latest available figures from 2014. In addition to the total lengths for trackways, lengths for the different types of rail gauges (broad, standard, and narrow) are also presented.

    August 20, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Kenya, and Peru. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 13-19, 2015.

    August 18, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: CORONA Film

    August 13, 2015 - World Factbook: In the People and Society section, the fields for "Urbanization" and "Major urban areas - population" were recently updated with data for 2015.

    August 13, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria, Burma, Egypt, Fiji, Gambia, Poland, Uruguay, Qatar, and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period of August 6-12, 2015.

    August 11, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Office of Strategic Services Compass

    August 7, 2015 - World Factbook: In the Communications category, the entries for “Telephones – mobile cellular”, “Telephones – fixed lines”, and “Internet users” have been updated with the latest available estimates.

    August 7, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Botswana, Cambodia, Colombia, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 31-August 5, 2015.

    August 6, 2015 - Area 51, U-2 and the Accidental Test Flight

    August 4, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Razor and Case

    July 2015

    July 31, 2015 - World Factbook: The US dollar is the official currency not only for the United States, but for several other countries around the world including three Pacific Island nations. Can you name them? Hint: all three were part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under US administration after World War II and attained independence between 1986 and 1994.

    July 31, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Cuba, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Estonia, Greece, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 16-29, 2015.

    July 28, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: William J. Donovan’s Mirror and Case

    July 24, 2015 - World Factbook: The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a group of four countries that form a common market but which do not belong to the 28-nation European Union (EU). Nonetheless, all four members operate closely with the EU and participate in its single market. Can you name the four member states? The answer may be found in Appendix B: International Organizations and Groups.

    July 21, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Lapis Lazuli

    July 17, 2015 - World Factbook: Several important demographic indicators, including “Total population,” “Population growth rate,” “Life expectancy,” “Total fertility rate,” “Birth rate,” “Death rate,” and “Net migration rate,” have been updated with 2015 estimates.

    July 17, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Cameroon; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Equatorial Guinea; Greece; Latvia; Niger; South Africa; South Sudan; Taiwan-NDE. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 7-15, 2015.

    July 14, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Golden Cigar Connector Out of US Embassy in Moscow

    July 10, 2015 - World Factbook: How many emirates make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? Find the answer in the United Arab Emirates entry under Government>Administrative divisions.

    July 10, 2015Studies in Intelligence Vol. 59 No.2 now available on CIA.gov

    July 10, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Albania; Australia; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cabo Verde; Chad; Chile; Colombia; Cook Islands; Cote d'Ivoire; Croatia; Ecuador; Equatorial Guinea; Finland; Gabon; Georgia; Guinea; Hungary; India; Iran-NDE; Iraq; Israel; Italy; Korea, North-NDE; Korea, South; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Libya; Macedonia; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Montenegro; Nepal; New Zealand; Niger; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Romania; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovenia; South Sudan; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tajikistan; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; United Kingdom; Venezuela; Vietnam; Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spellings of officials' names in the country listings during the period April 25-July 7, 2015.

    July 9, 2015 - Julia Child and the OSS Recipe for Shark Repellent

    July 7, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Tessina Camera Concealed in Cigarette Pack

    July 6, 2015 - Photos from Director Brennan's Keynote at Mount Vernon 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony

    July 6, 2015 - Remarks by Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan as prepared for delivery at Naturalization Ceremony at Mount Vernon (July 4, 2015)

    July 2, 2015 - Nathan Hale, American Spy... What His Sacrifice Means on Our Independence Day

    July 2, 2015 - World Factbook: What is the northernmost country in the world: Denmark, Canada, Russia, or Norway? Check the Regional and World Maps page > Political Arctic Region map to see which of these four countries comes closest to the North Pole.

    June 2015

    June 30, 2015 - Statement from Director John Brennan on Improving Leadership Diversity at CIA

    June 30, 2015 - Director's Diversity in Leadership Study: Overcoming Barriers to Advancement [PDF 751.8KB*]

    June 30, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: “Silver Dollar” Hollow Container

    June 26, 2015 - Challenging the Status Quo: Elizabeth Sudmeier’s Historic Legacy

    June 26, 2015 - World Factbook: Can you name the seven Western Hemisphere countries – collectively referred to as Central America – that fall between Mexico to the north and Colombia to the south? Check your answer by going to the Regional and World Maps page > Political Central America map. Note that five of these countries border both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

    June 25, 2015 - The Korean War Controversy: An Intelligence Success or Failure?

    June 23, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: One-Time Pads

    June 19, 2015 - World Factbook: In the People and Society category, several health- and education-related fields have recently been updated, including “Health expenditures,” “Obesity,” “Literacy,” and “School life expectancy.”

    June 16, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: "Matchbox" Camera

    June 15, 2015 - Official OSS Exhibition Catalogue

    June 12, 2015 - CIA Releases Declassified Documents Related to 9/11 Attacks

    June 12, 2015 - World Factbook: Under the Geography category, the “Land use” field has been expanded to include agricultural land, forest land, and ‘other’ land uses. The revised entry also breaks agricultural land into its constituent parts of arable land, land under permanent crops, and land that is in permanent pastures and meadows. The ‘other’ land use grouping includes urban areas, wetlands, and barren land where the climate and soils do not support vegetation.

    June 9, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: The Well Dressed Spy

    June 8, 2015 - Remembering CIA's Heroes: John W. Waltz

    June 3, 2015 - Remembering CIA's Heroes: William F. Buckley

    June 2, 2015 - The Spymaster's Assistant

    June 2, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: M-209 Cipher Machine

    May 2015

    May 29, 2015 - World Factbook: There are dozens of countries whose flags consist of only two colors. Three countries beginning with a ‘T’ have flags with a red-white color combination. Can you name them?

    May 26, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: NHB Groundbreaking Shovel

    May 22, 2015 - World Factbook: Many of the fields in the Economy and Energy categories have been updated with the latest available data. In 2014, based on a comparison of GDP measured at Purchasing Power Parity conversion rates, the US economy, having stood as the largest in the world for more than a century, slipped into second place behind China. China’s growth rate has more than tripled that of the US for each year of the past four decades.

    May 21, 2015 - CIA Celebrates International Museum Day With New Publication

    May 20, 2015 - Remarks of David S. Cohen Deputy Director Central Intelligence Agency at Joint Military Commissioning Ceremony Yale University

    May 19, 2015 - CIA Artifact of the Week: Memorial Wall Star Carving Tools

    May 18, 2015 - CIA Honors its Fallen in Annual Memorial Ceremony

    May 18, 2015 - Post Office Dedicated To Fallen CIA Operations Officer 

    May 15, 2015 - World Factbook: In the Government category, the entry for “National symbol(s)” has been expanded to include information on national colors. In most cases these are colors found on the national flag, but this is not always the case. Exceptions include the national colors of Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand.

    May 12, 2015 – CIA Artifact of the Week: Advanced Flaps and Seals Kit

    May 8, 2015 - World Factbook: The “refugees and internally displaced persons” field has been substantially updated, including the latest developments from Syria and Ukraine. Stay tuned for data, as it becomes available, on displacement stemming from Nepal’s recent earthquake.

    May 7, 2015 – Taya Kyle Discusses Post-Traumatic Stress and Foreign Deployments with CIA Workforce

    May 6, 2015 – May Day Over Moscow: The Francis Gary Powers Story

    May 5, 2015 – CIA Artifact of the Week: Beginner’s Flaps and Seals Kit

    May 1, 2015 - Remembering CIA's Heroes: Stephen Kasarda, Jr.

    May 1, 2015 - World Factbook: In the Government category, the first part of the "Legislative branch" field was thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated for all countries under a new "description" heading. This subentry includes the legislative structure, the formal name(s), the number of legislative seats, the types of voting constituencies and voting systems, and the member term of office. A vastly expanded “Legislative branch” description may be found on the Definitions and Notes page under the References tab.

    April 2015

    April 30, 2015 – The Last Days in Saigon

    April 30, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Panama, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 14 – 24, 2015.

    April 28, 2015 – CIA Artifact of the Week: Saigon Evacuation Instructions

    April 24, 2015 - Remembering CIA's Heroes: Eugene "Buster" Edens

    April 24, 2015Studies in Intelligence Vol. 59 No.1 now available on CIA.gov

    April 21, 2015 - Last week's World Factbook relaunch included the new World Factbook logo in the announcement. The logo features prominently on the 2014-15 World Factbook cover, which may be viewed under the References tab > Gallery of Covers. The artwork incorporates an eagle - echoing the Agency's seal - but one with a monocle to provide a scholarly appearance, as well as a stylized globe.

    April 21, 2015 – CIA Artifact of the Week: Piece of Metal from A-12

    April 21, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 8 – 13, 2015.

    April 15, 2015 – Where Spies Go When They Don't Know

    April 13, 2015 - The World Factbook has been updated with several new entries and sections reflecting the latest information gathered over the past several months. Some of these additions will be described below and in What’s New statements in the coming weeks. In the Geography section, the "Land boundaries" entry was revised for all countries, including the total country border length as well as the border lengths for all neighboring countries.

    April 10, 2015 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Central African Republic, Iran-NDE, Haiti, Kenya, Kuwait, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 24 – April 7, 2015.

    April 10, 2015 – The Enigma of Alan Turing

    April 7, 2015 – CIA Artifact of the Week: Dynazoom


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