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The National Intelligence Agency was a sub-organization of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America which has been in existence since 1947. Under the Intelligence Reorganization Act of 1992, the National Intelligence Agency lost most of its autonomy to the CIA. Before this time, the National Intelligence Agency operated independently and was more closely associated with the National Security Agency.
The National Intelligence Agency employed both civilians and members of the United States armed forces. The NIA also bestowed several military-like decorations for services performed within the agency. The highest of these is known as the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
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