This year, the Defense Intelligence Agency created a new corporate role — the Deputy Director for Global Integration — to drive a more integrated Agency and Defense Intelligence Enterprise that helps the Nation maintain military advantage, particularly against strategic competitors such as China and Russia.
“We’re looking at ways to pursue our strategic competitors and advance U.S. interests across previously establish geographic areas and below the threshold of armed conflict,” said DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier. “We need to go beyond ‘observe and report’ to illuminate opportunities to disrupt, degrade, deter and deny adversaries’ ability and willingness to compete globally.”
The Agency’s previous structure aligned with the combatant commands it supports.
“In this strategic environment today, our adversaries are no longer confined by geographic boundaries and demonstrate capabilities across multiple domains,” said Greg Ryckman, deputy director for global integration. “We need agility. This is about providing policymakers, operational commanders, warfighters and other decision makers with the intelligence necessary for us to maintain our military competitive edge.”
DIA published its 10-year strategy this year, identifying the DDGI as a new organization to reduce seams in coverage and synchronize complex intelligence issues that cut across historic regional and functional lanes within DIA. The strategy focuses on intelligence advantage, a culture of innovation, allies and partnerships, and an adaptive workforce. Together, these elements will help streamline Agency efforts; establish an approach consistent with national security, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community objectives; and allow DIA to address strategic competition while remaining the Nation’s preeminent source of foundational military intelligence.
DIA began to move in this direction several years ago, Ryckman noted. “Now, it’s time for our next evolution and to revolutionize the way we do business."