National Clandestine Service

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Group.png National Clandestine Service  Rdf-icon.png
Predecessor Directorate of Operations
Formation 13 October 2005
Subgroups • Counterterrorism Center
• Operation 40
• Special Activities Division
• CIA Near East and South Asia Division
The clandestine arm of the CIA.

The National Clandestine Service (NCS) is the clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency and coordinates clandestine operations across the US Intelligence Community.[1]

The NCS was created on 13 October 2005. Its role was previously played by the Directorate of Plans from 1952 to 1973, and by the Directorate of Operations from 1973 to 2005.[2]





  1. Clandestine Service, CIA, accessed 15 March 2010.
  2. CIA Celebrates 60 Years, CIA, 15 March 2010.
  3. CIA Director's Statement on the Upcoming Retirement of the NCS Director, CIA, 8 August 2007.
  4. Director's Statement on New NCS Director, CIA, 14 September 2007.