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DIA Connections is an exciting podcast that features overlooked or unfamiliar aspects of DIA, including what we do and the countless ways we've impacted the lives of people around the world. Since its creation in 1961, DIA has been the Nation's premier all-source military intelligence organization. Our team at DIA deploys globally, alongside warfighters and interagency partners, to defend America's national security interests. But, as this podcast series reveals, we are so much more.
Ukraine: Truth Be Told
Throughout his country's invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir
Putin repeatedly denied his forces were targeting civilians. The world
saw the truth for itself in a shocking...
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Ukraine: Children of War
In June 2022, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “Russia is
stealing the childhood of our children.” Every victim of war suffers loss,
but no one loses as much as children...
In April 1975, South Vietnam was on the verge of collapse. As North
Vietnamese forces advanced towards Saigon, orphaned babies
adopted by American families needed a way out. President Gerald
Best of Season Two
On this special episode of DIA Connections…a chance to catch up
with the best of season two. We spoke with a wide range of
guests including the founder of the original Topgun flight
school, a former...
Strange Things at DIA
We know this is going to sound strange, but it's true! For more
than a decade, the Defense Intelligence Agency - the Nation's
primary manager and producer of foreign military intelligence -
ran a paranormal...
When Tom Cruise landed the role of Maverick in the 1986 box
office hit "Top Gun," he probably wasn’t aware
of how the Defense Intelligence Agency’s exploitation of
captured MIGs played a crucial role in...
INF Treaty Part 2: Reagan & Smirnoff
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s a
story about the most powerful person on Earth, and his comedian
friend from the Soviet Union, and how they ultimately saved the
world from nuclear...
INF Treaty Part 1: Missiles & Movies
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty marked
the first time the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to
reduce their nuclear arsenals, and is just one example of DIA
On this episode of DIA Connections, a candid conversation with
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the second woman and
first African American woman to hold the post. Discussion topics
The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was the greatest nuclear war
threat in world history. In this episode of DIA Connections, we
examine how the Defense Intelligence Agency discovered missiles
DIA DIRECTOR LTG SCOTT D. BERRIER
In 2020, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier became the 22nd
director of DIA. On this episode of DIA Connections, the
director shares his thoughts on several topics including the
national security environment...
On this episode of DIA Connections, we reflect on September
11th, 2001. You’ll hear from two former DIA teammates
about their roles in the ensuing days and weeks after the
BEST OF SEASON ONE
On this special episode of DIA Connections … a chance
to catch-up with the best of season one. Thirty-five guests,
including writer Malcolm Gladwell, legendary newscaster Ted...
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FINDING BIN LADEN
On May 1, 2011, U.S. Navy SEALs conducted a raid in
Abbottabad, Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden. In this
episode of DIA Connections, we discuss the Defense
Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven was the catalyst for
luthier Paul Reed Smith's innovative technology that can
enhance and clarify the hidden information that's in
waveforms, pictures, and images...
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
From the day she started working at the Defense Intelligence
Agency in 1985 until the day she was arrested for conspiracy
to commit espionage in 2001, Ana Montes was a spy working...
IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS
On Nov. 4, 1979, the United States Embassy in Iran was overrun
by Iranian students. For the next 444 days, 52 American
hostages were held in captivity. Five of those hostages were
The Spirit of Hope Award, named for entertainment legend Bob
Hope, is awarded to men and women of the armed forces,
entertainers, and other distinguished Americans, for
The region at the top of the globe was always considered too
cold, too far, and too dangerous; but not anymore. The Arctic
is now warming faster than any place on earth. The sea ice
PRESIDENT'S DAILY BRIEF
Since its creation in 1946, the intelligence briefer to the
president of the United States had always been a
representative from the CIA. That long tradition ended in 2010
when James Danoy of the Defense...
THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Now retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr. served his country
for 36 years, most recently as the director of the Defense
Intelligence Agency. In this episode of DIA Connections,
BRINGING THEM HOME: PART 2
Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in Somalia, helping to
raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. She was
abducted and taken hostage by Somali land pirates for 93 days.
BRINGING THEM HOME: PART 1
DIA plays a vital role in the U.S POW/MIA support mission.
This episode examines both past and present efforts in
locating and repatriating the remains of those lost but not
Comedian and actor Rob Riggle sits down with director Lt. Gen.
Robert Ashley Jr. to discuss Riggle’s affinity for the
military and his two-decade entertainment career.
When Hollywood directors Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg
want war scenes to look and feel authentic, the military
advisor they rely on is Dale Dye. In this episode, Dye visits
DIA where he...
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common
drugs involved in overdose deaths in the United States. This
episode examines DIA’s role in tracking the shadowy...