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Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Headquartered in Arlington, Va.

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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.

Source: Adapted from U.S. government regulations, "U.S. Government Manual", and "An Overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community"
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