Founded in 1974,
and now part of the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence,
the Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) promotes understanding
of the craft of intelligence and how CIA practices that craft; conducts
research and publishes journals, books, monographs, newsletters, and
conference volumes on intelligence topics; hosts conferences and symposia
both at home and abroad; and coordinates academic outreach programs.
CSI includes the CIA History Staff, the CIA Exhibit Center, and maintains
the Historical Intelligence Collection in the CIA Library.
CSI sponsors conferences with American colleges and universities, the
US intelligence community, professional and military colleges, corporate
America, museums, professional intelligence schools, and other Agency
components. Such events provide a forum for practitioners and scholars
to make intelligence research widely available, commemorate major historical
intelligence subjects, and provide CIA officers the opportunity to interact
with academic specialists.
CSI produces Studies in Intelligence, which since 1955 has covered historical,
operational, doctrinal, and theoretical aspects of the practice of intelligence.
Published quarterly in a classified version, and semi-annually in an unclassified
edition, its editorial board presents the annual Sherman Kent Awards-which
include monetary prizes for outstanding articles each year. A new annual
award will recognize the best graduate student paper published in Studies.
The Publications Staff also produces monographs and books.
The CIA History Staff, founded in 1951, became part of CSI in 1992. It
employs professionally trained historians who have gained international
recognition for expertise on historical intelligence issues. Staff historians
write classified and unclassified histories, edit collections of declassified
documents for public symposia, lecture to classes at US universities as
well as Agency training courses, and serve as an internal CIA and Intelligence
Community reference service.
work closely with historians, archivists, and records managers in CIA
and other federal agencies. The Department of State remains the foremost
customer of the Staff's knowledge of Agency records needed for the compilation
of the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the preeminent documentary
history of American diplomacy. The CIA History Staff also advises on the
identification and declassification of historically significant records
of Academic Programs
CSI is a resource to encourage and improve the teaching of intelligence
in American colleges and universities. Through CSI's Officer-in-Residence
Program, CIA officers teach intelligence-related courses and conduct research
at US colleges or universities during two-year tours as visiting professors.
CSI also promotes broader understanding of intelligence roles and missions,
as well as closer collaboration with the academic community.
CSI maintains two important collections of historical intelligence artifacts.
The CIA Exhibit Center contains personal memorabilia from Major General
William J. Donovan, the founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS);
examples of OSS equipment; and a German "Enigma" enciphering machine from
World War II. In collaboration with collector and historian H. Keith Melton,
"The Cold War: Fifty Years of Silent Conflict" showcases some of the 6000
clandestine espionage artifacts from the United States, the former Soviet
Union, and East Germany, which comprise the world's largest collection
of spy gear.
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