DIA's Change of Directorship


The passing of DIA colors between outgoing and incoming Directors ensures that the Agency's civilians, soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and guardians are never without official leadership. It represents a continuation of trust and signifies the mutual commitment between the Agency's workforce and its Director.

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Press Release

ODNI News Release No. 30-23
December 6, 2023

DNI Haines' Statement on the Confirmation of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Kruse to Lead the Defense Intelligence Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Director of National Intelligence Avril D. Haines today issued the following statement:

“Congratulations to Lieutenant General Jeffrey Kruse, United States Air Force, on his confirmation as the 23rd Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)! Backed by extensive experience and an extraordinary commitment to ethics in defense of country, the Intelligence Community is very fortunate to have him lead our Defense Intelligence enterprise amidst the increasingly complex threat environment we face today. Though I will sorely miss Jeff’s sage advice as my Advisor for Military Affairs, it will be wonderful to work with him in his new role, as he leads the truly exceptional DIA workforce.

“I would also like to thank Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, United States Army, on his remarkable leadership of DIA over the past few years during an exceptionally defining and dynamic period for the security of both our nation and world. Scotty is as amazing of a leader as he is a human being, and I wish him nothing but the best in his hard-earned and well-deserved retirement.

“Again, congratulations to both Jeff and Scotty!”

Welcome DIA's 23rd Director
Lieutenant General Jeffery A. Kruse

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Kruse, U.S. Air Force, serves as the 23rd Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, leading its global intelligence mission and a 16,500-strong joint workforce. Prior to assuming his role at DIA, Lt. Gen. Kruse served as the Advisor for Military Affairs for the Director of National Intelligence and was awarded the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal. From July 2019 to August 2020, he served as the Director of Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security. Preceding this, from July 2016 to 2019, Lt. Gen. Kruse served as the Director of Intelligence for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and from 2015 to 2016 as Director of Intelligence for the Joint Task-Force — Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Throughout his career, Lt. Gen. Kruse has led Air Force units at the squadron, group, and wing levels, and he has deployed many times to combat global theaters.

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