CIA Announces New Position, Chief of Corporate Learning
CIA Director David H. Petraeus announced last week that he has created a new position at the Agency on his leadership team—the CIA's first Chief of Corporate Learning. He selected John Pereira, a senior officer with considerable experience and currently the CIA's Director for Support, to serve in this role. The Director stated, "I am committed to building an even stronger culture of continual learning at the CIA." He added, "I have found through hard experience that, for any organization, there is no substitute for continually learning, adapting, and improving. The smarter we are as an Agency, the more effective we are at our mission—and the American people understandably expect their Central Intelligence Agency to be second to none in that regard."
The new Chief of Corporate Learning will focus on developing a strong and agile learning environment at the CIA. "We have a highly skilled, well trained, and deeply mission focused workforce in CIA," explained Pereira. "We owe them an environment that better links learning with performance, that challenges some of our old assumptions, and that increases the speed with which we apply and disseminate lessons learned." CIA will work with partners in the Intelligence Community, academic institutions, and established industry leaders in developing and implementing their learning strategy.