March 1, 1973: The CIA Directorate of Plans — created on August 1 1952 — is renamed the Directorate of Operations (DO).
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1973 – The CIA Directorate of Plans — created on August 1 1952 — is renamed the Directorate of Operations (DO) on March 1 1973.
The Directorate was renamed as the National Clandestine Service (NCS) from 2005 to 2015.
After being the Deputy Director of Plans until 1973, the position was then known as Deputy Director for Operations (DDO) until October 13, 2005 when, under the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the position was renamed to Director of the National Clandestine Service (D/NCS). [Wikipedia]
On March 6 2015, CIA Director John Brennan announced the decision to rename the National Clandestine Service the Directorate of Operations.
“To best reflect the mission and responsibilities of the Directorates, we will rename the National Clandestine Service the Directorate of Operations, and the Directorate of Intelligence will be the Directorate of Analysis.”
[Unclassified Version of March 6, 2015 Message to the Workforce from CIA Director John Brennan: Our Agency’s Blueprint for the Future]
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”.
Under current policy (beginning early as 2012), the Deputy Director for Operations’ identity is not officially disclosed, although it is reported by some mainstream media sources to currently be Greg Vogel.
Gina Cheri Haspel — the current Deputy Director of the CIA — served as D/NCS from February 28 2013 until May 7 2013.
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