The Directorate of Operations (DO) is a cadre of action- and results-oriented professionals who accept significant, demanding responsibilities and accountability for results. Minimum requirements for a DO position include:
All Directorate of Operations (DO) officers are hired at an entry level and train as they are expected to work – as one team. DO officers begin their careers spending one to two years learning the foundations of clandestine operational tradecraft via classroom training, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience gained through a series of interim assignments. Following successful completion of the foundational training each DO officer will transition into advanced training activity to prepare them to serve effectively in the following career occupational specialty:
DO CMOs drive collection, actively manage the two-way dialogue between intelligence consumers and the DO, and evaluate foreign intelligence to ensure DO collection is providing US foreign policy and national security decision-makers with timely, accurate, clear, and concise reporting in a manner that safeguards sensitive intelligence sources and methods.
CMOs use a combination of formal training and independent learning to develop and maintain subject matter expertise on current and looming country- and region-specific issues and/or transnational issues such as counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and cyber to understand intelligence needs and identify clandestine collection opportunities that meet the priority requirements of US foreign intelligence consumers.
Opportunities exist for CMOs to serve in multi-year assignments overseas or they can spend most or all of their career serving in the Washington, DC area.
All Directorate of Operations Officers within the first two years of their career:
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