Our mission is straightforward but critical: leverage the power of information to keep our Nation safe.
We are the Nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go.
What We Do
To stop threats before they happen and further U.S. national security objectives, we:
Collect foreign intelligence;
Produce objective analysis; and
Conduct covert action, as directed by the president.
We do not make policy or policy recommendations. Instead, our Agency serves as an independent source of information for people who do.
We are not a law enforcement organization. However, we do work with the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and law enforcement agencies on many complex issues ranging from counterintelligence to counterterrorism.
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We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go.
A career at CIA is unlike any other. We are looking for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to carry out the work of a Nation.
We give U.S. leaders the intelligence they need to keep our country safe.
As the world’s premier foreign intelligence agency, the work we do at CIA is vital to U.S. national security. We collect and analyze foreign intelligence and conduct covert action. U.S. policymakers, including the President of the United States, make
policy decisions informed by the information we provide.