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 Directorate of Operations of the CIA

The Directorate of Operations (DO) (known as the Directorate of Plans from 1951 to 1973; as the Directorate of Operations from 1973 to 2005; and as the National Clandestine Service (NCS) from 2005 to 2015) is one of the main components of the US Central Intelligence Agency.


The DO "serves as the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national authority for the coordination, de-confliction, and evaluation of clandestine operations across the Intelligence Community of the United States". The DO' current Director is not disclosed; although it is reported by some mainstream media sources to be Frank Archibald (former Director of the CIA Western Hemisphere Division).

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R) accused the Democratic Party of unanimously opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, because it would defeat “their narrative that Republicans don't like women.” “The Democrats hate Donald Trump and whatever it takes to defeat his ...
Todd Rosenblum: “Hard Questions about Gina Haspel's Appropriateness to Lead CIA”. By nearly all accounts, Gina Haspel has tremendous qualifications to be the CIA's first female director. She knows CIA inside and out. She served with distinction in the National Clandestine Service for 30 years. She is ...

Haspel also made the “tough call” to be a part of a CIA conspiracy to destroy videotapes showing the torture of Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, and as the chief of staff to National Clandestine Service chief Jose Rodriguez, she drafted a cable that approved the destruction. It even featured instructions on how to ...
Jose Rodriguez, a former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, has said he made the decision in 2005 to destroy the tapes, and asked Haspel, his then chief of staff, to help draft a cable making the order. Rodriguez was one among the former officials who signed the letter endorsing Haspel.
To the distinguished ladies and gentlemen on Capitol Hill: You are poised to make one of the most critical decisions this term by voting on the president's nominee to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. At no other time in history has our nation been under assault at such a massive scale ...
For 25 years, Zachary Wyatt worked as a CIA operations officer tasked with acquiring foreign sources around the world to gather information essential to U.S. ... Entry-level salaries within the Directorate of Operations typically range from $55,000 to $88,000 annually, and training is extensive, Wyatt said.

Gina Haspel is making headlines as the newly nominated director of the Central Intelligence Agency. She's been chosen to ... from his compound.” In her career, she's also headed up the CIA station in London — twice — and served as the acting director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service in 2013.
I first met Gina when she had just become deputy director of the then-National Clandestine Service (NCS) – now the Directorate of Operations. At that time, the CIA had recently published its historic study The Director's Advisory Group on Women in Leadership (DAG), and I, along with others who ...
The narrative is intended to help build support for Haspel, who in the early 2000s was chief of staff to Jose Rodriguez when he ran the CIA's National Clandestine Service and authorized the tapes' destruction. She's now the CIA's deputy director. What Haspel did in the lead-up to that destruction is likely to ...
Another former CIA official, Carmen Middleton, offers still more reasons why Haspel is the right fit for the agency. Middleton met Haspel later in both's careers, just after Haspel had become the second in charge of the DO, or Directorate of Operations (then known as the National Clandestine Service).
Gina Haspel, a Kentucky native, loves Johnny Cash so much she keeps a 5-foot-tall poster of the country music star in her office at the Central Intelligence Agency. She became a spy more than three decades ago, a time when few women filled that job, and rose through the ranks holding some of the ...
She excelled in that role at carrying out the directives of agency leadership and keeping us informed of the views, concerns and needs of the men and women serving the Directorate of Operations around the world. Much has been made about what role Haspel might have played in the decision to destroy ...
Washington (CNN) Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the CIA, is waging a behind-the-scenes effort to win over .... She was also chief of staff to the director of the National Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez, in 2005 when the CIA tapes of interrogations were destroyed.
I worked closely with her for many years and know that she is the right person to lead the CIA as the agency addresses a world of threats. ... of agency leadership and keeping us informed of the views, concerns and needs of the men and women serving the Directorate of Operations around the world.
“After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past ... senior positions in Washington, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for ...
This undated photo released by the CIA, shows CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel. Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985, has been chief of station at CIA outposts abroad. In Washington, she has held several top senior leadership positions, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and ...
This undated photo released by the CIA, shows CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel. Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985, has been chief of station at CIA outposts abroad. In Washington, she has held several top senior leadership positions, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and ...

You heard me correctly: CIA. Specifically, Rigby Assad spent 10 years in the National Clandestine Service, the undercover arm of the Agency tasked with strengthening "national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence (HUMINT) and by conducting ...
Mr. Johnson began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA's Operation's Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence.
Special guest speaker is Michele Rigby Assad, author and former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations. She trained as a counter-terrorism specialist and, after retirement, worked in Iraq with her husband with persecuted Christians. Buffet lunch, served at noon ...
Soon after he was assigned to the CIA's Non-Proliferation Center (NPC) in 1993 Pavitt got the idea of creating a new component within the Directorate of Operations to work solely on proliferation, as former CIA officials recounted for Valerie Plame Wilson's memoir, Fair Game. Pavitt proposed that the new ...
The three-year-old complaint by Pars, a Cuban-American whose 16 years with the agency included time in Latin America, began with his one-year assignment for the Directorate of Operations to an unidentified war zone. He said he raised concerns to supervisors about “inappropriate behaviors” of the chief ...
Nett also pursued terrorists in Afghanistan working within the CIA's National Clandestine Service. The GOP candidate ran for the state House in district 35 against Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville in 2014, Nett's father, Carl A. Nett, served in the state House of Representatives for 20 years. The 2019 election for ...
In this week's UpFront, we ask 28-year veteran of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, John Sipher, about alleged Russian meddling in United States elections, possible collusion by Donald Trump, and the CIA's own record of foreign interference. And in the Arena, we debate the political climate within ...
A veteran CIA official explained why he was so troubled by White House “shenanigans” around which aides have access to classified materials. John Sipher, who retired in 2014 after serving 28 years in the CIA's National Clandestine Service, said he wasn't necessarily worried that senior White House ...
After eight months of inactivity on its Youtube channel, the CIA has recently uploaded seven videos that sing the praises in particular of its Directorate of Operations. By deploying seductive Hollywood-style mise-en-scene, the agency is hoping to attract students who are interested in work experience ...
Between 50 and 60 percent of the workforce of the CIA's most important directorate, the National Clandestine Service (NCS), responsible for the gathering of human intelligence, is composed of employees of for-profit ... The Central Intelligence Agency flag is displayed, partially cast in a shadow.
She met her husband — Egyptian by heritage and Lebanese by birth — as a teenager at a Mount Dora church. After college they married and moved to Washington, D.C. Both joined the CIA's Directorate of Operations after Michele Assad completed her master's degree at Georgetown University.
“I wouldn't trust the United States with secrets at this point,” said Alex Finley, a former officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations who served in West Africa and Europe. The memo fight, she said, is “just another example of how the U.S. government can't keep a secret.” Trump's decision brings with it a ...
Haspel was also chief of staff for Jose Rodriguez, director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, when he ordered the destruction of recordings of CIA interrogations in 2005. Those episodes have stirred up opposition to Haspel among some Democrats and at least one Republican, and the Trump ...
HOUSTON—John Bass, who spent 27 years at the CIA's National Clandestine Service studying the methods and motives of people who would do harm to the U.S., told a tale of how spies work. You “bump into” a KGB agent, he said at the recent Duff & Phelps/Amegy Bank of Texas Private Capital ...


 

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