CIA K-9 Corps

Although the CIA is very secretive about many things, their official web site does reveal the existence of the CIA K-9 Corps. Following traditional CIA policy, there are dog photos but no people are seen.

CIA dog Zoltan
CIA dog Zoltan.

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) K-9 Corps

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The U.S. entered the Persian Gulf War in January 1991 and there was the possibility that terrorists might try to attack the Central Intelligence Agency. Security was increased accordingly, including the establishment of the CIA K-9 Corps.

Like Military Working Dogs, those selected for CIA duty must go through 13 weeks of explosives detection training where they learn to detect 19,000 explosive scents with their sensitive noses. At the end of the 13 weeks, each dog takes a final exam with their handler where they are tested on ten explosive searches, indoors and outdoors.

Some K-9 corps members also take an additional 13 weeks of training in street patrol before reporting for duty assignment. The major abilities for street training are speed and accuracy. At the end of street training, teams must score 490 out of 700 points on the final exam in the following areas: Obedience Training, Agility Test, Article Search, Suspect Search, and Criminal Apprehension.

It is not stated if this training is conducted by the CIA itself or if they utilize the Millitary Working Dog training center at Lackland AFB.

Duties of CIA K-9 Corps Dogs

Upon successful completion of training, the dogs are assigned to guard the people of the CIA. CIA K-9 Corps dogs often travel and work cooperatively with other law enforcement teams, Federal, state and local. They have also participated in special assignments like guarding the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans and the 2002 Paralympics Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Fake photo showing fictional visit to CIA HQ by Sgt. Ken Porras and Kwinto of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Fake photo showing fictional visit to CIA HQ by Sgt. Ken Porras and Kwinto of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

There is speculation about the use of dogs in CIA field operations, such as the Special Activities Division that employs paramilitary officers. Nothing is said publicly about such operations, but the CIA is known to work closely with the military all over the world, including Special Forces of the military services. CIA dogs may be assigned in addition to or instead of the MWDs of the military unit involved.

There are also hints of the use of dogs for intelligence or counterintelligence operations including tracking and identifying suspects, fugitives, and subjects of surveillance.

A Dog's Life in the CIA

CIA K-9 Unit dogs work 60 hours a week, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The unit participates in the regional and national competitions held by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) each year. The dogs receive top veterinary care, spotless kennels, and they live with their caring handlers.

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