The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is responsible for providing national security intelligence to US policymakers. The CIA’s website states that its mission is to “preempt threats and further US 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.” The CIA’s website can easily be accessed by logging onto https://www.cia.gov. Once on the website, users have the ability to learn more about the role of the CIA, explore available careers and internships, and search intelligence reports in the CIA library.
The content on the website suggests that its target audience are members of the general public. The different categories on the website help users find the information they are looking for by grouping the information by topic. Some of the information on the website includes details about the history of the CIA and how it is currently structured. There is also a library section that provides current and archived reports about CIA operations and world events, as well as a news and information section that provides press releases and featured stories.
The website’s user-friendly set-up allows users to navigate it with ease. For example, located across the top of the homepage are six tabs: Home, About CIA, Careers and Internships, Offices of CIA, News and Information, Library, and Kids’ Zone. So, if a user is trying to find out about the different leadership positions within the CIA, the first step would be to click on the tab labeled “About CIA.” Second, the user would click on the link titled “Leadership” that is displayed in the drop-down menu. This will display a part of the website that gives a detailed description of all the leadership positions within the CIA.
The website is also extremely interactive. Along the left column of the website, there is a link to the CIA’s YouTube channel. Once on the YouTube channel, users can watch videos to learn more about the organization’s structure and operation. There is also a virtual tour available to provide users with the opportunity to see inside the CIA Headquarters. At the bottom of the right column, there is a section labeled “Kids’ Zone.” This section is divided by age group. There is a section for K-5th grade, 6th-12th grade, and parents and teachers. Additionally, there is a link to games that allow kids to learn about the CIA by completing such games as word find and break the code.
The CIA’s website is a great user-friendly resource. It not only provides an abundance of information about the history and current structure of the organization, but also includes informative videos and an interactive game section for kids. Regardless of whether the user is needing information for a research project or just wants to learn more about the CIA, the website has something for everyone.
~ Jeremy Babb, L’15 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.