The Historians is a video series focused on important people and events throughout DIA’s history. DIA historians Greg Elder, Paul Isakson, Lisa Temple and Orlando Pacheco give a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that help make DIA the agency it is today.
In episode one, Deck of Cards, historian Greg Elder takes you back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the creation of the playing cards to help troops identify the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
In episode two, True American Hero, historian Paul Isakson tells the story of Brig. Gen. Jon Reynolds, and DIA's involvement in his rescue from the Hanoi Hilton prison in Vietnam.
In episode three, DIA Historian Orlando Pacheco details the life and legacy of former DIA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Wilson, a U.S. Army officer who is cited as the first to use the term "counterinsurgency."
In episode four, historian Greg Elder explores how DIA helped put a man on the moon. Also hear from some DIA officers as the describe their memories of the moon landing 50 years later.
In episode five, DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder examines DIA's exploitation of the Soviet Union's MiG-25 Foxbat interceptor.
In episode six, historian Lisa Temple tells the story of Operation Babylift, the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. DIA played a vital roll in the execution of the operation.