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Mission Management

Mission managers are leaders and experts in the ways of making the organization and its business processes work effectively and efficiently. DIA mission managers are trusted advisors to senior government officials and general officers on agency and combatant command intelligence support for operational plans. Mission managers support the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Intelligence Community in analyzing required intelligence capabilities for future acquisition programs. Systems thinking enables them to recognize opportunities to coordinate and integrate diverse intelligence operations from the tactical to the national strategic level. They may serve as an agency liaison officer to a foreign partner nation’s government or military service. They may also support military targeting operations against state and non-state actors, including terrorist groups. Those with deep knowledge of laws, policies, and regulations governing intelligence matters can find a home as policy and strategy specialists. DIA has several specific occupational opportunities, including:

  • Collection Management: Collection Management officers defeat foreign denial and deception. They optimize collection requirements by building relationships to understand customer intelligence needs and gaps, researching existing requirements, and developing/updating and validating requirements to support the customer. DIA offers collection managers an accredited certification program.

  • Information Sharing: Information Sharing officers represent DIA to allies and foreign partners. They plan and coordinate foreign military intelligence cooperation and engagements; manage international intelligence arrangements and execute intelligence sharing conferences and relationship development activities with partner nations; and provide foreign disclosure support for sharing of intelligence with foreign partners.

  • Intelligence Operations Management: Intelligence Operations Management officers drive daily intelligence operations. They manage joint multi-discipline intelligence requirements, resources, and operations throughout the intelligence cycle to support the joint warfighter and national policy makers.

  • Joint Capability Development and Intelligence Support to Acquisition: Officers in Joint Capability Development and Intelligence Support to Acquisition define the future intelligence architecture. They advocate for future Department of Defense Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability requirements through the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS).

  • Joint Intelligence Planning: Joint Intelligence Planning officers mastermind intelligence plans for warfighters. They orchestrate the Intelligence Planning process at commands and organizations; integrate all available intelligence capabilities and resources in support of the Department of Defense’s military planning process; and assess risks to intelligence support. DIA offers intelligence planners an accredited certification program.

  • Policy and Strategy: Policy and Strategy officers are strategic change agents. They advise organization leaders on national, Department of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Combatant Command policies and strategies. They also develop and advise on Department of Defense and DIA long-range institutional plans to enable the agency to achieve its goals.

  • Joint Target Intelligence: Joint Target Intelligence (JTI) officers establish policy governing JTI intelligence standards and procedures. They advise joint force targeting and fire operations to determine appropriate guidance and targeting priorities; develop targets and engagement strategies for targeting priorities, and assess the results of the engagements.