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Printing Secrets At The CIA

May 2003
With U.S. forces still deployed in Iraq, the CIA's intelligence data is more crucial to national security than ever. The agency relies on its in-plant to publish this top-secret information.

by Bob Neubauer

Long before the first U.S. troops began their march toward Baghdad, President Bush turned to the CIA for the latest intelligence information on Iraq. The Central Intelligence Agency, in turn, relied on its office of Imaging & Publishing Support (IPS) to print this classified information quickly and accurately.

In the same vein, when the country was preparing to enter Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, IPS was there, printing the intelligence briefings that told the President and his senior policy makers about the Taliban's activities.

Operating six days a week, with on-call support 24 hours a day, every day, the 100-employee Langley, Va.-based operation is adept at turning out such critical information on demand.

"We feel great about what we're doing, as far as supporting our government's pursuit to defend...and prosecute the war against terrorists," declares Doug Krauss, deputy chief of IPS. "Almost every individual in the CIA is, one way or another, touched by that mission, to counter the terrorist threat."

Few in-plants play such a vital role in our nation's security—and few are as equipped to handle the variety of work IPS tackles daily. Photography, design (both Web and print), prepress, offset, digital printing, bindery, even CDs and multimedia presentations—they're all part of the in-plant's array of publishing services.

Fifty-six Years Of Printing

The CIA has had printing capabilities right from its inception in 1947. The initial Printing Services Division evolved into today's IPS, which serves not only the CIA, but all 14 members of the Intelligence Community, as well as an expanding base of federal government departments.

"We really are the Intelligence Community publisher," notes Stephanie Danes Smith, chief of IPS.

The need for intelligence information has certainly grown in these turbulent times. Though Krauss is cautious in what he reveals about war-related printing, he says this:

"Iraq has been one of our...accounts where we've had a lot of attention in the agency, and we've supported our analytical arm with printing."

He says the September 11 attacks did not change the already strict "security posture" at IPS, but they did increase the workload, particularly that involving the President's Daily Brief (PDB), a compilation of intelligence information produced daily for the President and his senior policy makers (see sidebar).


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