Do operation officers in the CIA see more clandestine ops than agents? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Let’s clarify something: Agents are not officers of CIA; they are sources of information, often referred to as assets, and handled by officers in CIA’s Directorate of Operations (formerly known as Plans Division). Paramilitary personnel working under the aegis of CIA can also be considered agents as they are not officially employed by the Agency.(1)
All activity conducted by the Directorate of Operations and their agents is, by definition, clandestine. Thus, quantifying this activity would be an exercise in futility.