Mission support was integral to CIA’s activities even before the official founding of the Agency in 1947. Organizational alignment has evolved with the challenges of specific eras, but the basic support disciplines have remained the same:
- personnel resources
- medical services
- general support management
Support functions were initially carried out under the purview of an Executive for Administration and Management. In 1950, offices for Administration and Personnel were established. Beginning in the 1950s, CIA support officers were forward-deployed with analysts, scientists, engineers and clandestine service officers, a tradition that continues to this day.
During the 1990s, various support offices underwent changes in the way they do business. Support functions were administratively dispersed across the Agency. Selected support activities adopted a cost-recovery model, charging mission partners for services, mirroring their commercial counterparts.
In response to accelerated post-9/11 national security needs, the majority of business lines were reunited under one governance structure with an emphasis on integration, agility, and global capabilities. Recent structural adjustments continue to improve customer service.