Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby assumed the duties as the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency on 17 October 2002. He was commissioned in May 1969 from Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, completing all requirements for a sub-specialty in strategic planning.
When Admiral Jacoby was appointed acting Director, DIA in July 2002, DIA was focused on providing defense intelligence support to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) in other regions throughout the world. He was later confirmed by Congress and, in October 2002, formally appointed DIA Director. By that time, DIA was involved in detailed planning for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM that would follow in March 2003.
Admiral Jacoby immediately took steps to transform DIA to improve its ability to provide world-class, sustained, and focused military intelligence support to the warfighter, defense planners, and policymakers. Under Admiral Jacoby’s watch, DIA successfully applied a dynamic, innovative approach to acquire and provide a portfolio of intelligence capabilities of the needed breadth and depth to support military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and GWOT. During this period, DIA forward-deployed hundreds of military and civilian personnel to conduct high-impact, all-source intelligence operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world as part of the broader struggle against terrorism. As a result of its superb responsiveness and agility, the Agency enhanced the country’s ability to confront the rapidly evolving security challenges presented by the asymmetric threat of terrorism.
DIA’s capabilities went beyond providing support to military operations. DIA responded quickly to the humanitarian disaster created by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean and DIA analysts provided insightful medical intelligence support to the relief effort by forward-deploying analysts to the U.S. Pacific Command. There, they assessed infectious diseases and the environmental health risks in the area, a mission routinely done for U.S. forces that deploy overseas.
During Admiral Jacoby’s tenure, DIA distinguished itself by exceptionally meritorious achievement providing military intelligence support to the to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the United States and Allied warfighters, and was awarded its 7th Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the period April 2002 to April 2005.