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Director of the
Central Intelligence Agency
CIA.svg
Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency
Incumbent
Leon Panetta

since February 12, 2009
Appointer the President of the United States
Inaugural holder Porter J. Goss
September 24, 2004
Formation Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004,
December 17, 2004
Website http://www.cia.gov

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which is part of the United States Intelligence Community. The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The Director is assisted by the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director is nominated by the President, with the concurring or nonconcurring recommendation from the Director of National Intelligence,[1] and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate.[2] There is no statutory provision which specifically excludes active military personnel from being nominated for the position.

History

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 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

What follows is a list of Directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (in chronological order).

Director Tenure President(s) served under
Position succeeded the Director of Central Intelligence
Porter J. Goss September 24, 2004 – May 26, 2006[3] George W. Bush
Gen Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret.) May 30, 2006 – February 12, 2009 George W. Bush, Barack Obama
Leon Panetta February 12, 2009 – Present Barack Obama

References

  1. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 403-6 Appointment of officials responsible for intelligence-related activities
  2. ^ 50 U.S.C. § 403-4a Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  3. ^ After April 21, 2005, the Director of the CIA is no longer the Director of Central Intelligence, and thus is referred to as the Director of the CIA only.
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