Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Director of the CIA
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Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Director of the CIA

Note: This is the post #23 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here.

Cabinet position: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) (Note: This office became a cabinet-level position in February 2017.)

Department:  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Current Director: Mike Pompeo

Department Mission: “Preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.” (Source)

Department Budget: The CIA’s budget is classified and thus not publicly disclosed.

Number of employees: The number of employees working for the CIA is classified and thus not publicly disclosed.

Primary Duties of the Director: The D/CIA serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The Director manages the operations, personnel and budget of the CIA and acts as the National Human Source Intelligence (HUMINT) Manager. (Source)


Director Info

Director: Mike Pompeo

Previous occupation: U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 4th congressional district (2011-2017)

Education: Degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Previous government experience: U.S. Representative

Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian

Notable achievements:

• Graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

• Served as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army.

• Was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

• Founder and CEO Thayer Aerospace

• Served on the House Intelligence Committee as well as on the Energy and Commerce Committees.

• Was appointed to the House Select Benghazi Committee.


Previous and forthcoming posts in this series: Vice PresidentSecretary of StateSecretary of the TreasurySecretary of Education, Secretary of LaborSecretary of Defense, Attorney GeneralSecretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of CommerceSecretary of Health and Human ServicesSecretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of EnergySecretary of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of Homeland SecurityWhite House Chief of Staff, U.S. Trade RepresentativeDirector of National IntelligenceRepresentative of the United States to the United NationsDirector of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration


Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).