Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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Not to be confused with Director of Central Intelligence.
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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John Brennan CIA official portrait.jpg
Incumbent
John Brennan

since March 8, 2013
Central Intelligence Agency
Reports to President
Director of National Intelligence
Seat George Bush Center for Intelligence, Langley, Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.
Appointer President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 50 U.S.C. § 3036
Precursor Director of Central Intelligence
Inaugural holder Porter J. Goss
Formation April 21, 2005
Deputy Deputy Director of the CIA
Salary Executive Schedule, II[1]
Website CIA.gov

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is a statutory office (50 U.S.C. § 3036) which functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community.

The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and is assisted by the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director is a civilian or a general/flag officer of the armed forces[2] nominated by the President, with the concurring or nonconcurring recommendation from the DNI,[3] and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.[4]

History[edit]

Before April 21, 2005, the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) headed both the Intelligence Community and the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, DCI served as an advisor to the President of the United States on intelligence matters and was the statutory intelligence advisor to the National Security Council (NSC). On April 21, 2005, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) took on the roles as head of the Intelligence Community and principal intelligence advisor to the President and the NSC.

The post of DCI was established in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman; it thus predates the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency (created by the National Security Act of 1947). After the end of World War II, the Office of Strategic Services was dismantled and its functions were split between the Departments of State and War (now Defense). President Truman soon recognized the inefficiency of this arrangement and created the Central Intelligence Group, which could be considered a smaller precursor to the National Security Council. The following year the National Security Act of 1947 created the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council, while formally defining the duties of the Director of Central Intelligence. The duties of the DCI had been further defined over the years by tradition, congressional acts, and Executive Orders.

List of Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency[edit]

Director Tenure President(s) served under
Position succeeded the Director of Central Intelligence
Porter J. Goss appointed first Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.jpg Porter Goss April 21, 2005 – May 26, 2006 George W. Bush
Michael Hayden, CIA official portrait.jpg Michael Hayden May 30, 2006 – February 12, 2009
Barack Obama
Leon Panetta official portrait.jpg Leon Panetta February 13, 2009 – July 1, 2011
CIA Michael Morell.jpg Michael Morell
Acting
July 1, 2011 – September 6, 2011
DCIA David Petraeus.jpg David Petraeus September 6, 2011 – November 9, 2012
CIA Michael Morell.jpg Michael Morell
Acting
November 9, 2012 – March 8, 2013
John Brennan CIA official portrait.jpg John Brennan March 8, 2013 – January 20, 2017
Mike Pompeo Official Portrait 112th Congress.jpg Mike Pompeo
Nominee
January 2017 Donald Trump
Elect

References[edit]

  1. ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5313
  2. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 528 Officers serving in certain intelligence positions: military status; exclusion from distribution and strength limitations; pay and allowances
  3. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 403-6 Appointment of officials responsible for intelligence-related activities
  4. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 3036 Director of the Central Intelligence Agency