1947: The Creation of the CIA

During World War II the Office of Strategic Services was the intelligence organization responsible for clandestine services in the European and Pacific theatres. However, from 1946-1947 the organization’s responsibilities were split between the War and State Departments. It was not until the National Security Act of 1947 that one single department existed as an umbrella organization for the U.S. intelligence community.

The first acting director of the CIA was Rear Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter. However, it was not until the 1950’s that the Agency became fully fledged. Some of the first operations occurred in Cuba and Indo-China as well as continued surveillance of Soviet Russia. For further information about the CIA and its functions/former missions see the CIA page on Wikipedia.

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