“It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation; the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!”
William F. Buckley, Jr.
“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.”
“Intelligence shortcomings, as we see, have a thousand fathers; secret intelligence triumphs are orphans.”
William Saffire — New York Time
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UPDATE (December 9 2018) — The CIA has tapped Beth Kimber to lead its Directorate of Operations, making her “the first woman” (according to MSM) to lead the agency’s clandestine arm in its 70-year history.
“With nearly 34 years of experience and a proven ability to deliver with impact on CIA’s operational mission, Beth Kimber will be an exceptional leader of our Directorate of Operations,” Brittany Bramell, the CIA’s director of public affairs, told CNN in a statement
Good news! Some folks have finally figured out to whom the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act actually apply.
END of UPDATE
The CIA has traditionally been divided into four Directorates. A fifth Directorate was recently added. (October 2015?)
Directorate of Operations (DO)
Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T)
Directorate of Intelligence (DI)
Directorate of Support (DS)
Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI)
The first two Directorates collect intelligence. The third analyzes the intelligence and writes finished papers about it. The fourth team provides support to ensure the whole process operates smoothly.
The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is the Agency’s newest Directorate focused on accelerating innovation across the Agency’s mission activities with cutting-edge digital and cyber tradecraft and IT infrastructure. [CIA Website]
Before May 6 2015, Directorate of Operations (DO) was known as the National Clandestine Service (NCS).
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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
Gina Haspel (Acting) – February 28, 2013 – May 7, 2013
Frank Archibald – May 7, 2013 – January 29, 2015
Greg Vogle – January 29, 2015 – August 2017
Here are ten quotes from/or about these people who served as DDO or D/CNS. Can you identify them? [HINT: Each person is only quoted once!] Click on the right answer and it will appear in GREEN. If your choice pops up in RED, try again… Good luck!
Directorate of Operations (Formerly known as the Clandestine Service) — CIA Website
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