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What is the CIA?
You may have heard of the CIA but are you familiar with the history of the CIA?
What is the CIA?
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel, and budget of the Central Intelligence Agency.
History of the CIA
The United States has carried out intelligence activities
since the days of George Washington, but only since World War
II have they been coordinated on a government-wide basis.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed New York lawyer and
war hero, William J. Donovan, to become first the Coordinator
of Information, then, after the US entered World War II,
become head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in
1942. The OSS-the forerunner to the CIA-had a mandate to
collect and analyze strategic information. After World War
II, however, the OSS was abolished along with many other war
agencies and its functions transferred to the State and War
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