This Day in History — CIA Directorate of Plans Renamed Directorate of Operations (March 1 1973)

“It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!”

William F. Buckley, Jr.

“When the U.S. military accidentally bombed the location of Hamid Karzai in December 2001, it was Greg V. who reportedly dove on top of the future Afghan president, saving his life.”

Ian Shapira — Washington Post (18 September 2017)

Michael J. Sulick is an American intelligence officer who served as Director of the U.S. National Clandestine Service from 2007-2010.

March 1, 1973 — The CIA Directorate of Plans — created on August 1 1952 — is renamed the Directorate of Operations (DO). Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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The CIA Directorate of Plans — created on August 1 1952 — is renamed the Directorate of Operations (DO) on March 1 1973.

The Directorate was renamed as the National Clandestine Service (NCS) from 2005 to 2015.

“After being the Deputy Director of Plans until 1973, the position was then known as Deputy Director for Operations (DDO) until October 13, 2005 when, under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the position was renamed to Director of the National Clandestine Service (D/NCS).”  [Wikipedia]

On March 6 2015,  CIA Director John Brennan announced the decision to rename the National Clandestine Service the Directorate of Operations.

“To best reflect the mission and responsibilities of the Directorates, we will rename the National Clandestine Service the Directorate of Operations, and the Directorate of Intelligence will be the Directorate of Analysis.”

[Unclassified Version of March 6, 2015 Message to the Workforce from CIA Director John Brennan: Our Agency’s Blueprint for the Future]

The DO “serves as the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national authority for the coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine operations across the Intelligence Community of the United States”.

Gina Cheri Haspel — the current  Deputy Director of the CIA — served as D/NCS from February 28 2013 until May 7 2013.


The list of the persons who served as DDO and/or  D/NCS includes:

Allen Dulles – January 4, 1951 – August 23, 1951

Richard Bissell – January 1, 1959 – February 17, 1962

Richard Helms – February 17, 1962 – April 28, 1965

William Colby – March 2, 1973 – August 24, 1973

Stephen Kappes – August 2004 – November 2004

Jose Rodriguez – November 16, 2004 – September 30, 2007

Michael Sulick – September 30, 2007 – July 30, 2010

John Bennett — July 30, 2010 – February 28, 2013

Gina Haspel (Acting) – February 28, 2013 – May 7, 2013

Frank Archibald – May 7, 2013 – January 29, 2015

Greg Vogle – January 29, 2015 – Retired in 2016

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About Greg Vogle

But on Monday [September 18 2017], on the 70th anniversary of the agency’s founding, the CIA let the world know that Greg V. is officially Greg Vogle, in a ceremony honoring him as the 83rd recipient of its Trailblazer award.

Journalists, national security professionals and foreign governments had long known Vogle’s name.

The New York Times, in fact, was the first news organization to reveal it publicly in 2015, over the CIA’s objections, in a story about the agency’s personnel who oversee drone strikes.

(Ironically, Vogle’s first appearance in the mainstream media was botched: The Times misspelled his last name as “Vogel.”)

Vogle, who lives in the Washington region and retired in 2016 as the head of the agency’s covert operations branch, follows a long history of CIA officers — some unsung, some senior managers — who have won the Trailblazer, the agency’s equivalent of a Hall of Fame award. The medal honors officers and teams of officers “who — by their actions, example, innovation, or initiative — have taken the CIA in important new directions and helped shape the agency’s history,” according to the agency’s announcement.  [Washington Post]

This person has been given a lot of surnames:

– in Gary Berntsen Jawbreaker (2005), he is called “Craig.”

– in Sean Naylor Not a Good Day to Die (2004), it is said that he used the noms de guerre “Spider” and “the Wolf”, and was the senior CIA officer in Gardez during operation Anaconda.

– in Eric Blehm, The Only Thing Worth Dying For (2011), he is called “Casper.”

– in his memoirs,  George Tenet said almost all when he called him “Greg V.”

Why isn’t the name of the new Deputy Director for Operations being made public?

Under current policy, the Deputy Director for Operations’ identity is not officially disclosed. This policy started in early 2013. The CIA’s NCS operated with a publicly known chief from September 17, 2007 to February 28, 2013.

Michael J. Sulick was publicly announced. A press release on his appointment was posted on September 14, 2007. Then-CIA director Michael Hayden wrote up a statement on Sulick that was posted on September 17.

NCS chief, John D. Bennett, was publicly announced by then-CIA director Leon Panetta on July 21, 2010. A press release was posted on the CIA’s website the same day. [ShadowProof]

It is not obvious why the NCS chiefs are working undercover since 2013.

We are the Directorate of Operations


Unclassified Version of March 6, 2015 Message to the Workforce from CIA Director John Brennan: Our Agency’s Blueprint for the Future — CIA Website

New Chief of CIA Clandestine Service Is Spying Veteran — WASHINGTON — Jan 29, 2015, 4:31 PM ETBy KEN DILANIAN AP Intelligence Writer [Cryptome]


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