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The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) is an intelligence service of the United States, which was formed in 1947. It is owned by the United States federal Government.

Meaning and history

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On September 18, 1947, the National Security Act came into force in the United States, which created the CIA. Until then, the Army, the Navy, and the State Department had their services to serve their needs. However, there was no unified structure, unified management, and unified tasks.

The need for a unified intelligence service returned to the Americans a new war, in which the U.S. also took a direct part, subjected to an attack by Japan in December 1941.

The functions of the CIA were laid out in five short paragraphs of the new law:
1. To advise the national security council on matters relating to such intelligence activities of government agencies and departments as are relevant to national security;
2. Make recommendations to the national security council concerning the coordination of such intelligence activities;
3. Collate and evaluate intelligence relevant to national security and ensure that intelligence is appropriately disseminated to members of the government, provided that the office shall have no police powers, prosecutorial powers, enforcement powers, or internal security agency functions;
4. To exercise, for the benefit of existing intelligence agencies, such additional functions of a general nature as the national security council determines can be more effectively performed centrally;
5. To exercise, at the direction of the national security council, other intelligence-related functions and responsibilities relating to national security.

The CIA currently consists of four main structural units: the National Clandestine Service, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Office of Science and Technology, and the Office of Logistics Support. They carry out the “intelligence cycle” – the process of collecting, analyzing, and communicating intelligence findings to higher U.S. government officials.

1947 – Today

Central Intelligence Agency Logo 1947
The original CIA badge, designed for the agency in 1947, features a solid blue roundel in a thin yellow-gold outline. The main part of the logo is taken by an image of an eagle, drawn above a white crest with a sharp red star drawn on it in a three-dimensional style. The composition is complemented by a white uppercase “Central Intelligence Agency” inscription in the uppercase of a geometric sans-serif font, set above it, and the “United States of America” written in red over a yellow ribbon, arched at the bottom of the roundel.

2021 – Today

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In 2021 the Central Intelligence Agency has received a new badge, which is fully based on the previous version, but with some refinements. The emblem is now set in black and white; with the typeface of the lettering switched to a lightweight serif font; and accompanied by a heavy title case inscription, written in three lines on the right from the emblem, with the stable extended characters, also set in black.


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The CIA logo is highly iconic and recognizable. It comprises several items, which carry a huge symbolic meaning. These include the compass rose, the eagle, and the shield. The compass rose has spokes radiating in sixteen directions. The eagle is the country’s national symbol. These elements are placed in the middle of a blue circle. The agency’s name over the top and the name of the country at the bottom encircle the emblem.


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Each of the CIA logo elements bears its own meaning, and they make up the emblem’s general idea. The compass rose features spokes that radiate in sixteen directions to portray the intake of data from around the globe. The eagle is the national symbol of the United States. The shield symbolizes the agency’s primary goal that is to protect the country from enemies. The general idea is to portray CIA as an unshakable stronghold of the nation’s greatness and sovereignty.