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- n. an independent agency of the United States government responsible for collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national interest; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence under the supervision of the President and National Security Council
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It was developed secretly in the mid-1950s for the Central Intelligence Agency by the "Skunk Works," a small special projects division of Lockheed.