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CIA Vision, Mission, Ethos & Challenges Vision CIA’s information, insights, and actions consistently provide tactical and strategic advantage for the United States. Mission Preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe. Ethos The officers of the CIA are guided by a professional ethos that is the sum of our abiding principles, core values, and highest aspirations. This ethos holds us on course as we exercise the extraordinary influence and authorities with which we have been entrusted to protect the Nation and advance its interests. CIA’s ethos has many dimensions, including: Service. We put Nation first, Agency before unit, and mission before self. We take pride in being diverse, inclusive, agile, responsive, and consequential. Integrity. We uphold the highest standards of lawful conduct. We are truthful and forthright, and we provide information and analysis without institutional or political bias. We maintain the Nation’s trust through accountability and oversight. Excellence We bring the best of our diverse backgrounds and expertise to everything we do. We are self-aware, reflecting on our performance and learning from it. We strive to give all officers the tools, experiences, and leadership they need to excel. Courage. We accomplish difficult, high-stakes, often dangerous tasks. In executing mission, we carefully manage risk but we do not shy away from it. We value sacrifice and honor our fallen. Teamwork We stand by and behind one another. Collaboration, both internal and external, underpins our best outcomes. Diversity and inclusion are mission imperatives. Stewardship. We preserve our ability to obtain secrets by protecting sources and methods from the moment we enter on duty until our last breath. Key Challenges Close intelligence gaps with enhanced collection and analysis on the countries, non-state actors, and issues most critical to the President and senior national security team. Fulfill our global mission to give customers decision advantage as they confront an unprecedented volume and diversity of worldwide developments that affect US interests. Leverage technological advances for better performance in all mission areas—collection, analysis, covert action, and counterintelligence—while protecting against technological threats to the security of our information, operations, and officers. Improve the ways we attract, develop, and retain talent to maximize each CIA officer’s potential to contribute to achieving mission. Better manage Agency resources during a period of fiscal austerity. Credit: CIA Posted: Apr 04, 2007 03:54 PM Last Updated: Nov 01, 2018 11:30 AM




CIA • Chiefs of State, Cabinet Members


Click this link to read the CIA's Directory on Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, updated WEEKLY.




CIA • Operations Index


Click this link to vew the CIA's Operations Subject Index.





Animal Partners

CIA • Animal Partners and Spies


Throughout history, trained animals have been used in security roles to fulfill mission requirements, notably by the armed forces, whether for transport, communication, or threat detection. From carrier pigeons in World War I to today's explosives-detecting dogs, government agencies have turned to animals to do the important jobs human couldn't do. CIA is no exception, and it once worked on developing ways animals could help with intelligence collection. This collection of declassified documents highlights the diverse programs involving the feasibility of using marine and avian animal capabilities in support of intelligence operations. For a variety of technical and other reasons, none of the programs ever became operational. Yet these documents provide a window into the innovative thinking applied to the intelligence mission aimed at countering increasingly sophisticated foreign adversaries. Credit: CIA





Communist China


Cuba

CIA • Cuba Files


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Communist Cuba and Fidel Castro.





Germany

CIA • Germany Files


Click this link to read the CIA's files on modern Germany, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and the Russian controlled Communist East Germany during the Cold War decades. Click this link to read the National Security Archive's collection of files on East Germany. This link is included here because it contains CIA files. Just tye in the term East Germany into their search box.




CIA • Adolf Hitler and the Nazis


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.





Iran

CIA • Iran Files


Click this link to view nearly 2,000 files on Iran over a period of decades.




CIA • Ayatollah Khomeini


Click this link to view the CIA's files on Ayatollah Khomeini.





Iraq

CIA • Iraq Files


Click here to view CIA files on Iraq and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.





JFK's Assassination

CIA • JFK Assassination Files


The murder of American President John F. Kennedy still remains today, the most widely believed "conspiracy" by the American people. Click this link to read the CIA's files.





Russia

CIA • Russia Files


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Russia, both during the Cold War decades, World War II and after the Cold War ended.




CIA • Vladimir Putin


Click this link to read the CIA's files on former KGB Lt. Colonel, Prime Minister and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.




CIA • Joseph Stalin


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Communist dictator Joseph Stalin.




CIA • Nikita Khrushchev


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Communist dictator Nikita Khrushchev.




CIA • Leonid Breshnev


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Communist dictator Leonid Breshnev.





UFOs

CIA • Unidentified Flying Objects Files


Click this link to read the CIA's files on Unidentified Flying Objects.





Israel


Afghanistan

CIA • Afghanistan Files


Click here to view CIA files on Afghanistan.





Directories


Palestinians

CIA • Palestinians Files


Click this link to read the CIA's files on the Palestinians.




CIA • HAMAS


Click this link to read the CIA's files on the terrorist group HAMAS.




CIA • Palestinians


Click this link to read the CIA's files on the Palestinians.




CIA • Yasser Arafat


Click this link to read the CIA's files on terrorist Yasser Arafat.




CIA • Palestinian Islamic Jihad


Click this link to read the CIA's files on the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.





Operations


Osama bin Laden

CIA • Osama bin Laden Files


This archive contains files on Al-Qaeda co-founder, Islamofascist terrorist Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda is an Islamofascist terrorist organization who, like ISIS, seeks global conquest.




CIA • Bin Laden's SECRET Files


This archive contains files seized by US Navy SEAL commandos and CIA personnel from Al-Qaeda co-founder Osama bin Laden after he terminated at his secret hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.