DIA Analysts

CAREER FIELDS

DO WHAT MATTERS

ANALYSIS

Officers in the Analysis career field serve at the heart of DIA’s global mission. Analysis officers provide cutting-edge analysis from locations around the world on foreign military capabilities and defense issues in support of our nation’s warfighters, policymakers, and defense planners. Through written products, in-person briefings, or multimedia presentations, their work informs tactical decisions of policy, defense strategy, weapons development and acquisition, and military planning. Analysis officers come from diverse backgrounds and can look forward to careers of rewarding training, advanced education opportunities, and challenging assignments with DIA and the intelligence community. 

Our Analysis Officers come from diverse backgrounds and hold a wide variety of interests, and we welcome applicants from any educational track. As we continue to build a team of Analysis Officers to meet the evolving needs of the 21stcentury, we are particularly interested in candidates with backgrounds in STEM fields, like computer programmers, data scientists, and engineers.  Whether or not you have military experience, foreign language skills, or degrees in music, electrical engineering, math, political science, or beyond, what Analysis Officers share in common is a commitment to excellence through demonstrating the following qualities:

  • Curiosity–The penchant to seek out new experiences, knowledge, and candid feedback; people who are open to, and interested in, learning and change.
  • Integrity and personal fortitude –The ability to tell very senior people things they do not want to hear; and the ability to get back to work after such uncomfortable experiences.
  • Teamwork –The ability to constructively work through disagreement in a team to reach new insights and communicate them; analysts will find themselves working more and more in teams, not only with Analysis Officers, but with data scientists, web developers, graphic designers, and other specialists.
  • Intellectual humility–The ability to be persuaded to change a previously held position when presented with evidence; our Analysis Officers should be willing to accept that they might not always be right.

 


The Analysis Career Field consists of six career specialties. Over the course of your career with DIA, you may have the chance to work in several different specialties at locations around the world, depending on your preferences and the needs of the Agency. 


MILITARY CAPABILITIES

Become an expert in the most fundamental defense intelligence specialty: the analysis of foreign military capabilities on the ground, on the ocean, and in the air, in space, and in cyberspace. Join a team that empowers our military forces to win on the battlefield by helping them understand how their adversary fights.


SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE

Be a part of our nation’s vanguard against scientific and technical threats by providing the systematic study and analysis of foreign capabilities in basic and applied research and engineering. S&TI all-source analysts warn decision makers of foreign technical developments and capabilities including military weapons systems, emerging and disruptive technologies, the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons along with physical vulnerability assessments and detailing global health response capabilities and the threats posed by infectious disease. 


INFRASTRUCTURE & RESOURCES 

Terrorists, insurgents, and foreign military forces our troops meet in combat are supported by transportation, energy, telecommunications, and economic networks. Help our troops interdict and disrupt these critical foreign infrastructure components and win on the battlefield by joining this team of specialists. 


STRATEGIC & REGIONAL ANALYSIS 

Be one step ahead of the adversary by assessing foreign national goals and intentions; defense doctrine and strategy; socio-cultural dynamics; and civilian and military leadership to provide early warning of potential conflicts, military operations, or other crises. Help determine what factors, conditions, or other influences affect U.S. national security interests. 


ANALYTIC OPERATIONS & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT 

Set the standard and ensure mission success by establishing and overseeing business processes for all-source analysis that help guarantee good analytic tradecraft, analytic resource alignment, and DoD/IC policy compliance. Build the future of analysis by integrating new technologies and analytic capabilities, such as data science, into analysis.


COUNTERINTELLIGENCE & TRANSNATIONAL

Be a part of a team that works to secure U.S. military forces, facilities, and activities against foreign intelligence threats. Come help disrupt and prevent foreign illicit transnational networks that facilitate terrorism, insurgencies, weapons proliferation, drugs, piracy, and human trafficking.

Continued learning is a critical part of the Analysis Career Field and is necessary to ensure Analysis Officers are capable of delivering relevant, timely, and accurate intelligence to a diverse client base operating in a complex global environment. Analysis Officers experience an immersive training curriculum designed to strengthen analytic and language skills and are offered competitive opportunities to apply to participate in career broadening studies at certain senior and intermediate service schools. 

Beyond classroom learning, Analysis Officers also have the opportunity to expand their core knowledge by taking part in rotations within DIA, deployments to support warfighters in forward locations, and joint duty assignments with other IC agencies around the world. 

 

Candidates for positions in the Analysis Career Field at DIA will take part in a comprehensive vetting process to ensure we are the right fit for your interests, work ethic, and abilities. First, your application will be considered by a team of Analysis Officers across the agency. If your resume is selected, then you will be invited to take a writing test and to interview with a diverse panel of hiring managers. After this point, you will begin the security clearance process and enter into our hiring pool. Based on your preferences and the needs of the Agency, new hires will receive position offers from DIA intelligence centers or combatant commands.

View the latest position vacancy announcements here


As you begin your application process, make sure you double check your grammar, rhetoric, and logic for accuracy, consistency, and soundness – as an Analysis Officer would. Keep the following tips in mind when applying to your first position and future opportunities:

  • Check the job location, position requirements, and grade level prior to applying to ensure the position is a fit.
  • Review and address all factors for consideration contained in the “Position Summary” section of the vacancy announcement (when possible).
  • Provide all work experience and related information in the online application.  Do not attach your resume to your application – it will not be forwarded.
  • Include a description of relevant coursework or extra-circular activities in the “Work Experience” section of the application to ensure the application reflects the breadth of your relevant experience. 
  • Quantify your impact and experiences (when possible).
  • Match the field of study on your application with the field of study on your official transcript.

HOW WOULD I USE MY TECHNICAL DEGREE AS AN ANALYSIS OFFICER?

Analysis Officers with technical degrees work in the Scientific and Technical Intelligence career specialty. Using their unique knowledge and skills, these officers analyze foreign weapons systems and capabilities to both inform current military operations and assist the development of future U.S. weapon systems. They also warn of potential technical developments that may affect the future battlefield.   

I HAVE A DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND LIMITED EXPERIENCE WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS. AM I A GOOD FIT TO BE AN ANALYST?

You certainly might be and we hope you apply if you are interested. The Analysis Career Field benefits from curious minds and diverse perspectives. How you think is more important than what you know, so long as you’re excited to contribute, learn, and grow as a professional. There are an array of ongoing training and educational opportunities through DIA that are integral to ensuring our Analysis Officers are fully prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs throughout their careers.

I HAVE EXTENSIVELY STUDIED A SPECIFIC REGION OF THE WORLD. HOW CAN I USE MY DEGREE IN MY CAREER?

Analysis Officers are valued for their rich backgrounds and varied expertise that will be useful to them when conducting analysis on any topic, in any location. For example, if you are a Russia expert, your ability to distill information and understand a foreign government, culture, and people will help inform your efforts in Africa, South America, or any other region.

DO I NEED TO BE FLUENT IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TO SERVE AS AN ANALYST?

While foreign language skills can certainly be useful in any Analysis Officer position – particularly when deployed to a forward post in support of warfighters – there are no language requirements for Analysis Officers at DIA. Over the course of your career at DIA, you may have the opportunity for language training, depending on the needs of the Agency.

DO I GET TO PICK MY FIRST ASSIGNMENT?

Depending on the needs of the Agency, we can’t guarantee that your first assignment will match your expressed preferences of subject matter or location – but we do our best to place you where you want to be. For future assignments, Analysis Officers have access to a jobs database and can apply to open positions in coordination with their hiring managers.

WILL I HAVE THE CHANCE TO WORK ABROAD?

As a global Agency, DIA encourages our Analysis Officers to explore work opportunities at any of our locations around the world.

DIA operates in more than 140 facilities around the world. Our Analysis Officers are stationed at a wide array of locations, including:

  • National Capital Region: Washington, DC; Reston, VA; Quantico, VA– DIA HQ, Integrated Intelligence Centers, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Counterintelligence, Directorate for Analysis, DoD Joint Staff (J2)
  • Frederick, MD – Directorate for Analysis
  • Odenton, MD – U.S. Cyber Command
  • Charlottesville, VA – Directorate for Analysis
  • Miami, FL–  U.S. Southern Command
  • Tampa, FL – U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Huntsville, AL – Directorate for Analysis
  • Belleville, IL – U.S. Transportation Command
  • Omaha, NE – U.S. Strategic Command
  • Colorado Springs, CO – U.S. Northern Command
  • Honolulu, HI – U.S. Pacific Command
  • Molesworth, United Kingdom – U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command
  • Stuttgart, Germany – U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command
  • Seoul, South Korea – U.S. Forces Korea

Vacancies are posted here as needed throughout the year based on the mission needs of the career field. Please create an account to register to have vacancies sent to you as they are posted on the site.

Analysis is the largest of the 10 career fields at DIA. Click here to learn more about the expectations of current and future DIA analysts.