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The United States faces an unusually complex strategic environment — one marked by a broad spectrum of dissimilar challenges and potential threats. In this complex environment, military commanders and policymakers rely upon the Defense Intelligence Agency for critical intelligence on foreign military intentions and capabilities and to prevent strategic surprise.

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DIA’s Mission

Provide intelligence on foreign militaries and operating environments that delivers decision advantage to prevent and decisively win wars.

DIA’s Vision

Be the indispensable source of defense intelligence expertise.

Be one team of highly skilled, agile and accountable professionals providing our military forces and national security leaders with the timely intelligence they need for success in current operations and against future challenges.

DIA’s Unique Role

Leaders at all levels of the military and U.S. government rely on DIA for cutting-edge analysis, targeted collection, and scientific and technological expertise to support global military operations.

DIA is committed to excellence in defense of the nation in support of military operations. Excellence begins with the support that each member of DIA and the greater defense intelligence enterprise receives every day to complete the mission.

With a global workforce of approximately 16,500 employees, DIA requires a robust, responsive, and skilled team to provide support to the warfighter while operating in complex threat environments.

DIA’s Values

Excellence: Committed to excellence in defense of the nation. Recognize it is a privilege and an honor to support and defend the United States of America.

Teamwork: Teamwork in service to our mission. Together we provide unrivaled defense intelligence to our customers.

Integrity: Integrity in spirit and in deed. Be forthright, honest and principled in the face of adversity.

Initiative: Initiative to be part of the solution. Innovate new ways to address emerging and enduring priorities.

Accountability: Accountability to ensure we meet the highest standards. Be steadfast, timely and efficient, and take personal responsibility for actions and outcomes.

DIA Leadership and Organizational Structure
DIA is composed of command and staff elements, integrated intelligence centers and directorates, as well as special offices. There are approximately 16,500 employees supporting the Agency across the following 10 career fields: Analysis, Counterintelligence, Finance and Acquisition, Human Intelligence, Human Services, Information Technology, Mission Management, Office Management and Infrastructure, Science and Technology, and Security.

DIA has approximately 16,500 employees, of which about 74% are civilian and 26% are military members. There are about 1,000 foreign language speakers who speak over 60 different languages, and because DIA is a combat support agency, we may have up to 500 personnel deployed globally at any time. Only a little more than 50% of the DIA workforce is located in the greater Washington, D.C., area, and the Agency has a presence in over 140 countries. Please see the section on “DIA’s Worldwide Locations” for more information.

DIA has the unique role of ensuring DoD warfighters, defense planners and policymakers understand foreign military leadership intent, foreign military capabilities and operational environments so they can prevent and decisively win wars.

The majority of DIA’s core capabilities reside within four directorates: the Directorate for Operations, Directorate for Science and Technology, Directorate for Analysis and Directorate for Mission Services.

  • The Directorate for Operations collects and protects defense intelligence through people. 
    • The Defense Attaché Service is present in over 140 countries and is what makes DIA a truly global organization. Defense attachés are the senior military advisor to the U.S. ambassador, and observe and report information back to DIA.
    • Defense human intelligence, or HUMINT, is made of DIA’s case officers in the Defense Clandestine Service and targets foreign military capabilities, acquisitions, defense sciences and technology, and intelligence services.
    • Counterintelligence officers protect our intelligence officers, sources and platforms. They perform strategic-level counterintelligence analysis and training for DoD assets and provide counterintelligence support to critical defense infrastructure, research, development and acquisition.
  • The Directorate for Science and Technology collects defense intelligence through technical solutions.
    • Advanced Technologies Intelligence develops technical collection and exploitation of advanced conventional weapons and WMDs.
    • The Office of Space and Counterspace is dedicated to understanding the space-based and counterspace capabilities of rising near-peer competitors.
    • Measurement and signature intelligence, or MASINT, is an assortment of sub-disciplines that all measure one of the following: trajectory, radar signatures, acoustic signatures, radiation particles, chemical and biological particles, or heat.
    • The Joint Foreign Materiel Program acquires, exploits and understands the capabilities of foreign military hardware.
    • Document and media exploitation, or DOMEX, exploits foreign documents and electronic devices.
  • The Directorate of Analysis takes what has been collected through the Directorate for Operations and Directorate for Sciences and Technology, as well as the raw intelligence we get from our partner agencies, and tells our global customers what it means.
    • Regional analysts focus on understanding the military capabilities of specific countries and the operating environments in associated regions.
    • Functional and technical analysis focus on understanding highly specialized aspects of military capabilities and operating environments.
    • The Directorates for Intelligence at the combatant commands and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon warn our global customer set of impending crises.
  • The Directorate for Mission Services ensures DIA performs on a global scale.
    • Secure communications ensure DIA is able to communicate on safe, secure networks across the globe. There is no better example of this than the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, better known as JWICS. As the executive agency of the program, DIA provides JWICS to over 200,000 users across the federal government.
    • Recruitment ensures we have the best workforce capable of fulfilling DIA’s core intelligence capabilities.
    • Integrated intelligence education is responsible for ensuring the workforce is trained and that its expertise grows over time.
    • Facilities, logistics and global readiness enable DIA’s customers, wherever they may be, access DIA’s support. This requires logistical support, SCIFs, security and all of the other specialized needs of an intelligence agency in that location.

DIA’s presence stretches far beyond the walls of DIA Headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC. Nearly 50 percent of the more than 16,500 DIA employees operate outside of the National Capital Region. DIA’s global footprint enables us to successfully advise our military leaders, secure our troops and win wars.

Our workforce is spread across not only the continental United States but also maintains an extensive worldwide presence with officers in over 140 countries.

DIA is charged with providing a Defense Attaché to all locations where the US Department of State(?) maintains an office. Additionally, DIA provides analytic support at all US Combatant Commands worldwide. The headquarters of these locations include:

  • (U) United States Africa Command, Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
  • (U) United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • (U) United States European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
  • (U) United States Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • (U) United States Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii
    • (U) United States Forces Korea, Yongsan, Republic of Korea
    • (U) United States Forces, Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan
  • (U) United States Southern Command, Miami, Florida
  • (U) United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • (U) United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
    • (U) United States Cyber Command, Ft. Meade, Maryland
  • (U) United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

DIA has the most diverse customer base in the Intelligence Community both in terms of variety and where they are geographically located.  A large part of this customer set resides outside Washington; most notably the regional and functional Combatant Commanders and of course deployed US forces.

DIA’s customer base can be divided into three categories; they include the following:

  • Policymakers such as the Secretary of Defense and his Deputies, President and National Security Staff, and Congress.
  • The Acquisition Community, which DIA supports by projecting the future military capabilities of potential adversaries.
  • And Warfighters, which includes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Field Commanders, and all the way down to the specialized unit, assisting in targeting and deployment of Subject Matter Experts during times of war.