Volume 66, No. 3 (September 2022)

The Beginning of Intelligence Analysis in CIA: The Office of Reports and Estimates: CIA’s First Center for Analysis

By Woodrow Kuhns, PhD

This article is offered as a contribution to reflections on CIA’s history  75 years since its creation in September 1947, which had been  directed by the National Security Act of 26 July 1947. CIA’s  community functions defined in that act and its analytical  organizations have evolved substantially since then, but the core  missions of intelligence analysis have remained, notwithstanding  changes over the years.

The article is an adaptation of the preface to a declassified document collection Dr. Kuhns edited in 1997, Assessing the Soviet Threat: The Early Cold War Years (available at https://cia.gov/resources/csi/books-monographs/assessing-the-soviet-threat/.

The intelligence documents cited in this essay can all be found there.

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