The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on May 17, 2018. Haspel’s nomination was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters of CIA’s history.
Haspel joined the CIA in January 1985 as a reports officer. She held several undercover overseas positions, for many of which she was station chief. She was previously serving as Deputy Director under former CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the beginning of Trump’s administration.
On May 17, 2018, she was confirmed as the CIA Director, making her the first woman to hold the post on a full-time basis. She became Acting Director following Pompeo’s resignation to become United States Secretary of State and was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the official CIA Director.
It is a foreign intelligence service of the United States government, which is tasked with gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). Unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is a domestic security service, the CIA has no law enforcement function and is mainly focused on overseas intelligence gathering, with only limited domestic intelligence collection. The CIA has increasingly expanded its role in the current scenario, including conducting covert paramilitary operations.