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Prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials.
The CIA World Fact Book is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements. Information is provided by Antarctic Information Program (National Science Foundation), Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (Department of Defense), Bureau of the Census (Department of Commerce), Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor), Central Intelligence Agency, Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency (Department of Defense), Department of Energy, Department of State, Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior), Maritime Administration (Department of Transportation), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Department of Defense), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (Department of Defense), Office of Insular Affairs (Department of the Interior), Office of Naval Intelligence (Department of Defense), US Board on Geographic Names (Department ofthe Interior), US Transportation Command (Department of Defense), Oil & Gas Journal, and other public and private sources.
Click this link download the digital 'CIA Factbook 2016' in .pdf format. (28MB).
Click this link download the digital 'CIA Factbook 2016' in .epub format. (33MB).
Epub looks better since the .pdf is converted from the .epub file.
You can download the 2018 version of the CIA factbook HERE (1.6GB).
This version uses your web browser as interface, although you need no internet connection. We prefer the .pdf-file though. But the web interface allows for country comparisons.
The Intelligence Cycle is the process by which information is acquired, converted into intelligence, and made available to policymakers.Information is raw data from any source, data that may be fragmentary, contradictory, unreliable, ambiguous,deceptive, or wrong. Intelligence is information that has been collected, integrated,evaluated, analyzed, and interpreted. Finished intelligence is the final product of the Intelligence Cycle ready to be delivered to the policymaker.
The Hoover Commission’s Clark Committee, set up in 1954 to study the structure and administration of the CIA, reported to Congress in 1955 that: “The National Intelligence Survey is an invaluable publication which provides the essential elements of basic intelligence on all areas of the world. There will always be a continuing requirement for keeping the Survey up-to-date.” The Factbook was created as an annual summary and update to the encyclopedic NIS studies. The first classified Factbook was published in August 1962, and the first unclassified version was published in June 1971. The NIS program was terminated in 1973 except for the Factbook, map,and gazetteer components. The 1975 Factbook was the first to be made available to the public with sales through the US Government Printing Office (GPO). The Factbook was first made available on the Internet in June 1997. The year 2013 marks the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency and the 70th year of continuous basic intelligence support to the US Government by The World Factbook and its two predecessor programs.
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National Basic Intelligence Factbook produced semiannually until 1980. Country entries include sections on Land, Water, People, Government, Economy, Communications, and Defense Forces.