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Science and Technology

The Science and Technology Career Field represents DIA’s agile and adaptive posture to respond effectively to a dynamic operational environment. Officers in this career field apply scientific methods and technical tradecraft across the full range of intelligence operations in support of global technical collection, exploitation, and operations. They develop a broad understanding of the entire career field while developing a deep expertise in one of the following specialties: research and development, technical collections, technical exploitation, and technical operations.

  • Research and Development: Officers in this specialty investigate, prototype, and evaluate technologies to close intelligence gaps while leveraging commercial and government technologies to develop solutions that enable collection and exploitation against key targets. They ensure systems function effectively and collaborate to develop specialized, innovative, or novel systems to support the technical intelligence mission. Specific jobs in this specialty include intelligence officer, physical scientist, and general engineer at supervisory and non-supervisory levels.

  • Technical Collection: These officers apply specialized scientific and technical expertise to enable technical collection activities against high-priority national and theater intelligence requirements. They collaborate to generate intelligence products and specialized, innovative, technical collection systems or methods. Specific jobs in this specialty include supervisory intelligence officer, physical scientist, biological scientist, and chemist at supervisory and non-supervisory levels.

  • Technical Exploitation: DIA relies on these officers to plan and conduct intelligence processing and exploitation operations on a wide variety of material and data in and from theater. They conduct forensic analysis of collected and historical technical data to support identity analysis, activity attribution, and signature development. Specific careers in this field include intelligence officer, physical scientist, biological scientist, and chemist in a variety of technical disciplines at supervisor and non-supervisory levels.

  • Technical Operations: Officers in this specialty apply specialized expertise in counterintelligence (CI) and human intelligence (HUMINT) to conduct controlled technical operations, and use specialized CI and HUMINT devices and systems in the field. They collaborate with laboratories on emerging technologies, and use systems engineering and project management approaches to evaluate technical equipment, system efficiency and identify creative solutions. Specific jobs in this career field include technical officer, intelligence officer, IT specialist, and operations support officer at supervisory and non-supervisory levels.