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Human Intelligence

The Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Career Field represents DIA’s ability to execute its national security mission through providing actionable intelligence to our warfighters working on the front lines of our nation’s defenses. Officers in the HUMINT Career Field perform a wide variety of functions to execute and support the mission, including: overt and clandestine collection of intelligence via a spectrum of sources and methods; management of the collection and reporting cycle; and direct intelligence support to collectors and collection operations as members of the following specialties:

  • Operations Support: Officers in this specialty manage, guide, and oversee HUMINT collection operations being conducted by overt and clandestine HUMINT collectors inside or outside of the continental United States. Officers provide mission management for HUMINT operations by generating the collection platforms’ operating directives, focusing collection efforts, and enabling collectors’ responsiveness to DoD and national security information requirements. They also ensure the production of quality reporting and oversee the preparedness of the overt and clandestine HUMINT collectors through Intelligence Community wide collaboration to increase their target knowledge. Specific roles in this specialty include: Operations Support Officer, Collection Management Officer, and HUMINT Targeting Officer.

  • Overt Collection: Officers in this specialty acquire information through legal and open means without concealment. Overt information may be collected by observation, elicitation, interrogation, intelligence exchange, liaison activities, or military source operations. Overt collectors conduct worldwide HUMINT operations against national, Secretary of Defense and Combatant Command priorities, and enable other HUMINT collection specialties. Specific roles in this specialty include: Debriefers, Interrogators, Defense Liaison Officers, and Field Collection Officers.

  • Clandestine Collection: Officers in this specialty plan and conduct clandestine HUMINT collection and report on intelligence information obtained from human sources to satisfy national, Secretary of Defense and Combatant Command priorities while operating globally. Officers gain expertise in foreign cultures and languages to accomplish their mission. They also acquire the skills and technical ability to manage sources who have access to privileged information vital to the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security decision makers. Service in this specialty requires sound judgment, highly developed interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage projects from the field and headquarters perspective. Clandestine collectors conduct worldwide HUMINT operations.