Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
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The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence for the Department of Defense and is a principal member of the U.S. intelligence community (IC). The DIA director is the primary adviser to the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military intelligence matters. Established on Oct. 1, 1961, and designated a combat support agency in 1986, DIA’s mission is to provide timely, objective, all-source military intelligence to policymakers, to U.S. armed forces around the world and to the U.S. acquisition community and force planners. DIA assesses foreign militaries, focusing on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), missile systems, terrorism and defense-related medical issues.
With headquarters in the Pentagon, DIA’s more than 15,000 civilian and military personnel are located around the world with major activities at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center on Bolling Air Force Base in Southwest Washington; offices in Arlington; the Missile and Space Intelligence Center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.; and the National Center for Medical Intelligence at Fort Detrick, Md. The Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC) oversees the counterintelligence (CI) and human intelligence (HUMINT) efforts of the DOD (including the former Counterintelligence Field Activity). The DIA is also responsible for the Defense Attache System, which has military attaches assigned to more than 137 U.S. embassies.
In December 2007, DIA established the Defense Intelligence Operations Coordination Center (DIOCC) to integrate all defense intelligence resources on the transnational threats to U.S. national security and to enhance defense intelligence collaboration. The DIOCC collaborates with DOD and national intelligence resources to manage risk and resource requirements. It integrates and synchronizes all-source military and national-level intelligence capabilities in support of war fighters. The DIA director is also the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), a U.S. Strategic Command organization at Bolling AFB. The JFCC-ISR monitors Combatant Command intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information needs; serves as the IC's entry point into the DOD ISR system; works to maximize efficient use of ISR assets and identifies gaps in ISR coverage.
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