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July 2013

  • July 18 - Sabotage: Perfecting the Art of Surprise
  • July 18 - In the Geography section, the "Freshwater withdraw" entry has been updated with the latest available data. For many countries, the use and consumption of freshwater is difficult to quantify yet it is a vital resource often under stress. Withdrawal data are compiled by USDA/FAO from national statistical bureaus and independent research projects, and are updated in the Factbook as they become available.
  • July 18 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Canada, Comoros, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names  in the country listings during the period July 10 - 17, 2013.
  • July 11 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Andorra; Australia; Benin; Ethiopia; France; Georgia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Kazakhstan; Korea, South; Malawi; Mexico; Pakistan; Qatar; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Togo and Turkmenistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 26 - July 9, 2013.
  • July 11 - New and Improved…CIA.gov RSS Feeds
  • July 11 - In the Government category, the "Judicial branch" entry was recently revised, expanded and updated for all countries and now includes three subfields: "highest court," "judge selection" and "term of office and subordinate courts." Under the Reference tab, Definitions and Notes, the "Judicial branch" entry has also been updated.
  • July 3 - Message from the Director: Independence Day
  • July 3 - CIA Hosts Its First Armed Forces Day Celebration
  • July 3 - In the People and Society category, the "school life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)" entry was recently updated for all countries.

 

June 2013

  • June 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Pakistan, and Russia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 19 - 25, 2013.
  • June 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Macedonia, Nauru, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 12 - 18, 2013.
  • June 26 - Agency Officers Recognize LGBT Pride Month
  • June 25 - CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology
  • June 24 - CIA Unveils Redesigned Public Website
  • June 24 - CIA Launches Redesigned Website, Enhanced Online Features
  • June 13 - Agency K-9 Unit Places First in Competition
  • June 13 - Refugee numbers - listed in the Transnational Issues section of a World Factbook country entry - recently were update for many countries.
  • June 13 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Palau and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 5 - 11, 2013.
  • June 12 - CIA Senior Leadership Announcement
  • June 11 - Statement to the Workforce from D/CIA Brennan about President Obama's Nomination of Stephen Preston as DOD General Counsel (June 10, 2013)
  • June 7 - Studies of Intelligence Vol. 57, No. 1 now available on CIA.gov
  • June 7 - Spring 2013 Edition of Studies in Intelligence Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Noted Book Critic
  • June 6 - CIA Honors Foreign Language Achievement
  • June 6 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Denmark, Finland, Greece, Grenada, Iceland, Laos, Latvia, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 29 – June 4, 2013.
  • June 6 - The data on government expenditures, revenues and money supply that appears in the spreadsheet Fiscal and Monetary Data, 2008-12 has been updated. The spreadsheet collates information from past issues of The World Factbook and may be accessed by a link from the World "Economy-overview" entry.

 

    May 2013

    • May 30 - Model Making Plays a Dynamic Role in Supporting Intelligence
    • May 30 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Finland, Georgia, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and Russia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the  country listings during the period May 22 - 28, 2013.
    • May 24 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Logistics Officer
    • May 23 - Although eagles are a common symbol depicted on national flags, a few countries depict other birds. Can you name the Central American nation whose banner carries an image of the distinctive, long-tailed quetzal? Check the Flags of the World page under the References tab of The World Factbook to locate the answer.
    • May 23 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Albania; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Djibouti; Egypt; Indonesia; Malaysia; Poland; Portugal; and Uganda. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 15 - 21, 2013.
    • May 21 - CIA Holds Annual Memorial Ceremony to Honor Fallen Colleagues
    • May 16 - A Day in the Lives of CIA Designers & Artists
    • May 16 - The name Benelux refers to a graphic, economic, and cultural grouping of three European countries. Can you name them? The answer may found in Appendix B of The World Factbook.
    • May 16 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Bangladesh, Chile, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, India, Libya, Maldives, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Tunisia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 8 - 14, 2013.
    • May 9 - Appendix D provides a cross-listing of data codes used to identify countries. This list now includes the new Geopolitical Entities, Names and Codes (GENC) Standard, which is the US Government's implementation of ISO 3166 and is designated as the replacement standard for FIPS PUB 10-4. The GENC Standard provides a list of the basic geopolitical entities in the world, together with the principal divisions that comprise each entity. The names of the political entities are derived from official meeting records of the Foreign Names Committee of the US Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).
    • May 9 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan; Angola; Azerbaijan; Bahamas, The; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bulgaria; China; Colombia; Cyprus; Greece; Iraq; Italy; Kenya; Korea, South; Libya; Netherlands; Nigeria; Poland; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 24 - May 7, 2013.
    • May 9 - A Day in the Life of a CIA Data Scientist
    • May 2 - Population Pyramids have been updated with 2013 estimated data in the People and Society section, "age structure" field for all countries in The World Factbook
    • May 2 - Staying Prepared: Wellness at the CIA


    April 2013

    • April 25 - CIA Welcomes Two New Employee Resource Groups
    • April 25 - The "Transportation - note" has been updated for various West African, East African, South Asian and Southeast Asian countries to reflect 2012 information on piracy incidents. This new information reflects a general decrease in the number of pirate attacks worldwide, especially in the waters off East Africa. The decrease in successful pirate attacks in due, in part, to more aggressive anti-piracy operations by international naval forces as well as the increased use of armed security teams aboard merchant ships. The only exception to this trend was in the Gulf of Guinea, in West Africa, where attacks increased over a wider area in 2012.
    • April 25 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Bulgaria; Chile; Djibouti; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Ghana; Greece; Haiti; Hungary; India; Korea, South; Kyrgyzstan; Maldives; Portugal; Romania; Slovenia; Trinidad and Tobago; Vanuatu; Venezuela; and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 10 - 23, 2013.
    • April 18 - Several military fields have been updated in The World Factbook including military branches, military expenditures and military service age and obligation
    • April 18 - Connecting with Native American and Alaskan Native Communities
    • April 15 - Vice President Biden Thanks CIA Officers for Their Selfless Patriotism
    • April 11 - CIA.gov Spotlights Deaf and Hard of Hearing Officers
    • April 11 -  Can you name the five nations with emerging economies whose initials make up the "BRICS countries"? The answer may be found in Appendices A or B of The World Factbook.
    • April 11 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Canada, Cyprus, Djibouti, Malawi, Palau, Rwanda, Slovenia, Thailand and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period April 3 - 9, 2013.
    • April 4 - CIA Welcomes Leaders of the National Association of Asian American Professionals
    • April 4 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Armenia, Belgium, Iraq, Jordan, Malta, Romania, San Marino, Somalia and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 27 - April 2, 2013.
    • April 4 - What are polar mesospheric clouds (also known as noctilucent or "night shining" cloud)? Check out the photos in the World entry of The World Factbook to find out.

     

      March 2013

      • March 28 - Former Sec. of State Albright Celebrates Women’s History Month with the CIA
      • March 28 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bangladesh; Cape Verde; Czech Republic; France; Guatemala; India; Israel; Japan; Korea, South; Lebanon; Nepal; Nicaragua; Pakistan; Panama; Slovenia; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 20 - 26, 2013.
      • March 28 - Various health fields in the People and Society section of The World Factbook - including hospital bed density, physician density, health expenditures, and children under 5 underweight - have recently been updated for all countries.
      • March 22 - Excerpts of Remarks Delivered by Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan and Dr. Madeleine Albright at the CIA Women’s History Month Celebration (March 19, 2013).
      • March 21 - Gen. Hayden’s Portrait Joins CIA’s Directors Gallery
      • March 21 - In 2012, fiscal and monetary policies shifted towards greater austerity for many countries. In the World entry, the "Economy-Overview" highlights these changes and their impact on global economic performance. The "Overview" now contains a link to a spreadsheet detailing changes in the level of government expenditures, revenues, and national money supplies (M1) for about 200 countries for the period 2008-2012.
      • March 21 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Brazil, Cape Verde, China, Cuba--NDE, El Salvador, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Iran--NDE, Malawi, Maldives, Poland, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period March 12 - 19, 2013.
      • March 19 - Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Speaks at CIA in Honor of Women’s History Month
      • March 18 - Message from the Director: Zero Tolerance for Harassment and Discrimination
      • March 14 - Painting Commemorating ARGO Operation Joins Intelligence Art Gallery
      • March 14 - What Asian nation uses the mythical merlion (a half lion-half fish creature) as one of its major emblems? Find the answer in The World Factbook "National symbols" entry.
      • March 14 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Angola; Austria; Bahrain; Barbados; Belgium; Cuba--NDE; Cyprus; Grenada; Holy See (Vatican City); Japan; Korea, South; Kyrgyzstan; Lesotho; Macedonia; Mauritius; Pakistan; Panama; Poland; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 26 - March 12, 2013.
      • March 12 - Message from the Director: Diversity Matters
      • March 8 - John O. Brennan Takes Helm as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
      • March 8 - Posted Director of CIA John O. Brennan's Official Biography and Updated Bio for CIA's Deputy Director Michael J. Morell
      • March 7 - Facts on Women from The World Factbook
      • March 7 - Posted Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 56, No. 4

       

      February 2013

      • February 28 - How Ideas Become Exhibits in the CIA Museum
      • February 28 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Central Africa Republic; Cuba--NDE; Germany; Iran--NDE; Jordan; Kyrgyzstan; Pakistan; Sao Tome and Principe; Saudi Arabia; Slovenia; Uzbekistan; and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 13 - 26, 2013.
      • February 21 - Can you name the country that has Dutch and French as its two main official languages? Note, it is in Europe but is not the Netherlands. Find the answer in The World Factbook.
      • February 21 - International Mother Language Day on CIA.gov
      • February 14 - From Your Couch to a New Career: CIA Recruitment Fair is February 26
      • February 14 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Maldives, Namibia, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period February 6 - 12, 2013.
      • February 14 - The World Factbook's new 2013-2014 cover - unveiled in the Gallery of Covers under the References tab - features an Art Deco style. Some Art Deco elements may also be found in a previous Factbook cover from 1996. Enjoy exploring and comparing the many Factbook cover designs that have appeared over the decades.
      • February 7 - The "Refugees and internally displaced persons" field in The World Factbook has been revised to reflect the latest figures for each country.
      • February 7 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cambodia; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Cuba--NDE; Denmark; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Kazakhstan; Malawi; Qatar; Slovenia; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 30 - February 5, 2013.
      • February 7 - The World Factbook Profile of Global Migration
      • February 1 - CIA Symposium on the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War
      • February 1 - In the Economy and Energy categories of The World Factbook, the information and data for most of the fields have been updated through year 2012.
      • February 1 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belgium, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Slovenia, Sir Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 23 - 29, 2013.
      • February 1 - A City Torn Apart:  Photos and Videos of the Berlin Wall

       

      January 2013

      • January 30 - Watch today's live webcast (4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST) of "President Nixon and the Role of Intelligence in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War," featuring newly declassified materials. This conference is organized by CIA's Historical Collections Division and the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
      • January 24 - Considering a New Career? Think CIA
      • January 24 - A new "Demographic profile" field is being introduced incrementally to The World Factbook; the entry provides a snapshot of the demographic features and trends within a country and how they vary among regional, ethnic and socioeconomic sub-populations. Some of the topics addressed are population age structure, fertility, health, morality, poverty, education and migration. Countries introduced this week are those of Central and South America.
      • January 24 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period January 9 - 23, 2013.
      • January 18 - Message from the Acting Director:  Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      • January 17 - Message from the Acting Director: Passing of Lloyd Salvetti
      • January 17 - "Moe" Berg: Sportsman, Scholar, Spy
      • January 17 - Can you name the Southwest Asian nation that is the most linguistically diverse country on earth with some 860 languages spoken (roughly 12% of the world's total)? Hint: it lies north of Australia. Find the answer in The World Factbook.
      • January 10 - Teacher Resources on CIA.gov
      • January 10 - Which of these micro entities - Hong Kong, Monaco or Singapore - is the largest? Find the answer in The World Factbook.
      • January 10 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bermuda, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Montenegro, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 27, 2012 - January 8, 2013.
      • January 7 -Message from the Acting Director: Nomination of John Brennan as DCIA
      • January 4 - Message from the Acting Director: Jeanne Vertefeuille
      • January 3 - Declassified Cold War Reporting Featured at Convention
      • January 3 - What country has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined? Find the answer in The World Factbook.

       

      December 2012

      • December 27 - Hollywood Myths vs. the Real CIA
      • December 27 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Czech Republic, Estonia, Kuwait, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 19 - 26, 2012.
      • December 21 - Message from the Acting Director: "Zero Dark Thirty"
      • December 20 - New Features on CIA.gov
      • December 20 - Check out the new "population pyramids" in The World Factbook.
      • December 20 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Israel, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Slovakia and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period December 5 - 18, 2012.
      • December 19 - Message from the Acting Director:  Senator Daniel K. Inouye
      • December 17 - CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell Presents Agency “Toys for Tots” Donations
      • December 14 - Message from the Acting Director:  SSCI Report on Past Agency Program
      • December 13 - Radio interview with Director of CIA's Center for Mission Diversity & Inclusion [external link disclaimer]
      • December 13 - Bechuanaland, East Pakistan and Kampuchea are former names of what countries? Hint: look in The World Factbook Appendix F: Cross-Reference List of Geographic Names.
      • December 13 - New Historical Collection on CIA.gov: CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces
      • December 6 - Agency Officers and Marines Celebrate 237th Marine Corps Birthday
      • December 6 - The Horn of Africa contains the continent's highest and lowest points. In what 2 countries are these features found? Look in The World Factbook for the answers.
      • December 6 - Updated Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Chile; Cote d'Ivoire; Croatia; Cuba--NDE; Ethiopia; Israel; Korea, South; Maldives; Mexico; Panama; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 20 - December 4, 2012.

       

      November 2012

      • November 29 - Big Data is a Big Deal at the CIA
      • November 29 - Article about LGBT employees at CIA in The Miami Herald
      • November 29 - The Alps extend across 7 countries. Can you name them? Hint: look at The World Factbook's physical map of Europe.
      • November 21 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Finland; Japan; Maldives; Netherlands; and Somalia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 14 - 19, 2012.
      • November 21 - Message from the Acting Director:  Happy Thanksgiving
      • November 20 - The World Factbook updated with the newest estimates for adherents to the world's major religions. See the "Religions" field, in the People and Society category.
      • November 19 - A Spotlight on World Obesity Rates
      • November 15 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Comoros, Cuba--NDE, Georgia, India, Malawi, Namibia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan--NDE, Tunisia and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period November 6 - 13, 2012.
      • November 15 - Updated economic data throughout The World Factbook
      • November 9 - Message from Acting Director Michael Morell
      • November 9 - Message from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired)
      • November 8 - CIA Serves as Corporate Sponsor for National LGBT Conference
      • November 8 - Recent election results from Curacao, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Somalia, Ukraine and Venezuela in the Government section of The World Factbook.
      • November 8 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Costa Rica; Ethiopia; Georgia; Guinea-Bissau; Honduras; India; Kyrgyzstan; Liberia; Lithuania; Moldova; Netherlands; Pakistan; Philippines; Russia; Singapore; South Sudan; Thailand; Turkey; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 24 -November 6, 2012.
      • November 7 - CIA Participates in Arab-American Day Festivals
      • November 1 - CIA Officer Receives EEOD Award.

       

      October 2012

      • October 25 - Artifacts Commemorate CIA’s Role in Cuban Missile Crisis.
      • October 25 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Burma; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Laos; Liberia; Maldives; Mozambique; Norway; Russia; San Marino; Solomon Islands; Somalia; and South Africa. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 17 - 24, 2012.
      • October 25 - What three countries contain two "Decade Volcanoes," known for their potentially destructive eruptions? Find out in The World Factbook "Natural hazards" field.
      • October 24 -  Statement to Employees by DCIA Petraeus on Former Officer Convicted in Leak Case.
      • October 19 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria, Comoros, Cyprus, Denmark, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jordan, Moldova, Mozambique, Singapore, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period October 4 - 16, 2012.
      • October 19 - New photos for Bermuda, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom in The World Factbook.
      • October 19 - Expanded Energy Data Now in The World Factbook.
      • October 19 - Posted Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 56, No. 3.
      • October 15 - The application system is currently experiencing technical difficulties. If you are having a problem accessing the system, please try again later. We will continue to accept applications for student internships after the October 15 deadline. Thank you for your patience.
      • October 11 - Read the original account of the rescue of the "Canadian Six" and see related CIA Museum artifacts.
      • October 11 - In light of the importance of the energy sector to the world's economy, The World Factbook has created a new Energy category. Some of the fields are based on the same entries used previously in the Economy category, but several contain entirely new data and definitions that have not previously appeared in The World Factbook.
      • October 11 - Skyhook:  Ground to Plane Rescue in Minutes.
      • October 4 - Learn About September at CIA.
      • October 4 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Bulgaria, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Grenada, Japan, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Trinidad and Tobago. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 26 - October 3, 2012.
      • October 4 - The People's Republic of China has two Special Administrative Regions created in 1997 and 1999. Can you name them? Hint: they have separate entries in The World Factbook. (Here are the answers:  1 and 2)

       

      September 2012

      • September 27 - CIA Supports Wounded Warriors.
      • September 27 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bangladesh, Bolivia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Norway, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 18 - 25, 2012.
      • September 27 - The World Factbook announces a new and distinctive Map of the World Oceans that depicts the relationships among states across the great oceanic basins of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern and Arctic Oceans. The World Factbook also added 10 new regional political maps to its reference repertoire. To view or use any of these maps, click on the Regional and World Maps link on the Factbook homepage or go to the References tab on the Factbook site and click on Regional and World Maps. Learn more about the new maps in The World Factbook RSS.
      • September 21 - CIA Declassification Event Traces the Evolution of the Director of Central Intelligence. Photos on CIA Flickr page [external link disclaimer].
      • September 20 - CIA Maps: Your Ticket to the World.
      • September 20 - CIA Honors Newest Trailblazers on the Agency’s 65th Birthday.
      • September 20 - Updated data for "Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons" in the Transnational Issues category of The World Factbook.
      • September 19 - Director Petraeus Rings the NYSE Opening Bell To Commemorate the CIA’s 65th Birthday.
      • September 19 - Newsweek article on women targeters at CIA. [external link disclaimer]
      • September 19 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Croatia, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Yemen and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period September 5 - 18, 2012.
      • September 13 - CIA’s Directorate of Science & Technology Celebrates 50 Years of Technological Excellence.
      • September 13 - New Historical Collections Division publication, Intelligence, Policy, and Politics: The DCI, the White House, and Congress.
      • September 13 - The Economy section includes updated data for "Population below poverty line," "Household income or consumption by percentage share," "Commercial bank prime lending rate," "Stock of narrow money," "Stock of broad money," and "Exchange rates."
      • September 11 - Message from the Director:  9/11.
      • September 6 - CIA Employees and Family Solve 'Mystery' of Colby Portrait.
      • September 6 - What does FAO stand for? Check The World Factbook's Appendix A: Abbreviations. Then go to Appendix B: International Organizations and Groups to get details.
      • September 6 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Australia; Belarus; Belize; Colombia; Gambia, The; India; Iraq; Kyrgyzstan; Mali; Romania; Slovenia; Uzbekistan; and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 22 - September 4, 2012.

       

      August 2012

      • August 31 - In The World Factbook, an update on international maritime piracy appears in the World entry, under "Transportation - note."
      • August 31 - A Look at International Labor and Unemployment.
      • August 31 - Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David H. Petraeus on Closure of DoJ Investigations (August 30, 2012).
      • August 23 - The Economy section includes updated data through 2011 for the "Market Value of Publicly Traded Shares."
      • August 23 - Book Provides Window into CIA Briefings for Presidents-Elect.
      • August 23 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Belarus, Belize, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Haiti, Kosovo, Madagascar, Malaysia, Netherlands, Panama and Uganda. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 15 - 21, 2012.
      • August 16 - CORONA:  The First Recovery of Film from Space.
      • August 16 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 6 - 14, 2012.
      • August 10 - World Factbook Snapshot of Global Youth Challenges.
      • August 10 - Posted Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 56, No. 2.
      • August 10 - Posted new historical collection publication, An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a Secret Spy Satellite Capsule from 16,400 Feet below the Pacific Ocean with accompanying photos on the CIA Flickr stream [external link disclaimer].
      • August 10 - The World Factbook is celebrating its Golden Anniversary! Exactly 50 years ago - in August 1962 - the Agency dubbed its annual National Intelligence Survey summary the Factbook. The first unclassified version came out nine years later (June 1971), and it acquired the name of The World Factbook in 1981. Annual printing of the Factbook continues, albeit in far smaller quantities than originally; its online presence - begun June 1997 - continues to grow with some 3 million visitors monthly.
      • August 10 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Burma; Cameroon; Canada; Chad; Cyprus; Egypt; India; Iraq; Italy; Jamaica; Latvia; Madagascar; Malta; Namibia; Netherlands; Poland; Serbia; Singapore; South Sudan; Spain; Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uganda; and Zambia. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period August 1 - 6, 2012.
      • August 2 - CIA Hosts Middle Eastern American Outreach Event.
      • August 2 - In the People and Society section of The World Factbook, the "Languages" entry has been updated for dozens of countries.
      • August 2 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cape Verde; Egypt; El Salvador; Ghana; India; Iraq; Malawi; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritius; Montenegro; Panama; Peru; Sao Tome and Principe; Solomon Islands; Syria; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; Uruguay; and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 18-31, 2012.


      July 2012

      • July 26 - New CIA Museum online gallery with interactive timeline, new videos, and descriptions of an additional 100 artifacts.
      • July 26 - Central Intelligence Agency has launched a new mobile site (https://www.CIA.gov/mobile)
      • July 26 - Check out new photos of Australia, Iceland and Kyrgyzstan in The World Factbook.
      • July 19 - New estimates available in The World Factbook economic fields related to GDP and trade.
      • July 19 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Egypt; Haiti; Jamaica; Lithuania; Marshall Islands; Montenegro; Mozambique; and Sierra Leone. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period July 10-18, 2012.
      • July 12 - Timeless Tips for ‘Simple Sabotage’
      • July 12 - Posted new historical collection publication, Cold War Era Hard Target Analysis of Soviet and Chinese Policy and Decision Making, 1953-1973.
      • July 12 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Albania; Andorra; Botswana; Cape Verde; Croatia; Czech Republic; Egypt; Finland; France; Georgia; Greece; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Latvia; Lesotho; Portugal; Romania; Seychelles; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 25 - July 10, 2012.
      • July 6 - Center for the Study of Intelligence releases second edition of Getting to Know the President: Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004 by John Helgerson.
      • July 6 - What European country has the largest number of administrative units in the world? Here's a hint from The World Factbook. (Here's the answer!)
      • July 3 - Intelligence Operations During the Revolutionary War
      • July 3 - Posted new historical collection publication, The Creation of the Intelligence Community: Founding Documents.

       

      June 2012

      • June 28 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Bulgaria, Indonesia, Lesotho, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Venezuela. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 14 - 25, 2012.
      • June 28 - CIA Celebrates National LGBT Pride Month
      • June 28 - Can you name the seven countries that border the Bay of Bengal? Here's a hint from The World Factbook.
      • June 22 - U-2 Pilot Powers Honored for Bravery
      • June 22 - Look for updated data on airports and heliports in The World Factbook, in the Transportation category.
      • June 14 - OSS’s WWII Anti-Axis Propaganda
      • June 14 - The tune of God Save the Queen is used as the national anthem for a number of countries that comprise the Commonwealth of Nations. In addition to the United Kingdom, what other European country uses this tune in its national anthem? Note: A country's "National anthem" entry and its audio file may be found under the Government category.
      • June 14 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Albania; Azerbaijan; Burundi; Congo, Democratic Republic of the; Congo, Republic of the; Cuba--NDE; Iran--NDE; Japan; Micronesia, Federated States of; Oman; Pakistan; Philippines; Saint Lucia; South Africa; Spain; and Vanuatu. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period June 6 - 13, 2012.
      • June 7 - Find Environmental Facts in The World Factbook
      • June 7 - Posted Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments with updated entries for Algeria; Barbados; Brazil; Germany; Grenada; Hungary; Ireland; Korea, South; Libya; Malawi; Nigeria; Norway; Taiwan--NDE; Thailand; Turkmenistan; and Yemen. Changes reflect updates in leadership, positions, or the spelling of officials’ names in the country listings during the period May 22 - June 5, 2012.
      • June 6 - CIA Recognizes Local Students for Excellence in Science and Technology
      • June 1 - Name the archipelagic country in the Indian Ocean composed of almost 1200 coral islands, only about 200 of which are inhabited. Check The World Factbook Asia regional map, under the Reference tab, or click for the answer.
      • June 1 - The CIA Workforce Is Finding Its Fit in 2012

       


      Posted: Sep 25, 2009 09:41 AM
      Last Updated: Jul 18, 2013 12:25 PM