DIA Strategic Approach

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) fulfills a unique role at the intersection of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). Warfighters, policymakers, and acquisition leaders rely on us for foundational intelligence on foreign militaries and the operating environment that only we provide. Today, our role is more vital than ever as the re-emergence of great-power competition challenges U.S. prosperity, security, and the democratic world order we have fought to sustain since World War II. Our competitors have studied and learned from the American way of war. They are building asymmetric capabilities that seek to diminish our longstanding military dominance in all warfighting domains—land, maritime, air, space, and cyber. The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) seeks to expand our competitive space with a more lethal and innovative defense enterprise coupled with a robust network of allies and partners—challenging the Department to change at a remarkable pace.

Today, DIA is relentlessly seeking better ways to deliver intelligence. Further, we must move at the speed of relevance because the men and women in harm’s way depend on us. The Nation and our fighting men and women expect nothing less, and we will deliver. This strategic approach lays out our addressable strategic challenges (ASCs) that ensure we enable highly skilled, focused professionals with leading-edge technology that delivers overwhelming advantage to our warfighters, defense planners, and policymakers. In addition to these ASCs, we will closely monitor progress against a set of core capabilities that are central to our mission.

Our Agency has a strong legacy centered on our ability to confront and overcome challenges while maintaining our values. Embedded in our values are our leadership principles that guide us. These principles are the driving force that keep me grounded and that I intend to see represented throughout the DIA enterprise:

We strive to be great teammates.

We challenge the status quo, respectfully.

We listen first.

We move at the speed of relevance.

We must be accountable for our own behavior.

We value people.

We complete the run together.

I challenge each of you to play an active part in achieving this culture in every action you take. Committed to excellence in defense of the Nation!

LtGen Robert P. Ashley, Jr.
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency