About DIA


At DIA, we provide military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition.  We plan, manage, and execute intelligence operations during peacetime, crisis, and war.

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Our diverse workforce is skilled in military history and doctrine, economics, physics, chemistry, world history, political science, bio-sciences, and computer sciences to name a few. We travel the world, and meet and work closely with professionals from foreign countries.

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About the DIA Seal

The DIA Seal

The initial letters of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also comprise the Greek word “dia,” which means divided into two parts.

In this instance, the flaming torch and its gold color represent knowledge, i.e., intelligence, “lighting” the way of the “known” light blue-green world against the darkness or unknown symbolized by the dark background —“the area of the truth” still sought by the worldwide mission of the Agency.

The two red atomic ellipses symbolize the scientific and technical aspects of intelligence today and of the future. The 13 stars and the wreath are adopted from the Department of Defense (DoD) seal and identifies the Agency as a DoD organization.

Use of the Defense Intelligence Agency Seal

Federal Law (10 U.S.C. 425) prohibits use of the words "Defense Intelligence Agency", the initials "DIA", the seal of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or any colorable imitation of such words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise, impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

18 U.S.C. 701
Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card, or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Our Mission

Provide intelligence on foreign militaries to prevent and decisively win wars.

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2016 DIA Strategy »


Be the indispensable source of defense intelligence expertise.


Commitment to excellence in defense of the Nation. Recognize it is a privilege and an honor to support and defend the United States of America.

Teamwork in service to our mission. Together we provide unrivaled Defense Intelligence to our customers.

Integrity in spirit and in deed. Be forthright, honest, and principled in the face of adversity.

Initiative to be part of the solution. Innovate new ways to address emerging and enduring priorities.

Accountability to ensure we meet the highest standards. Be steadfast, timely, and efficient, and take personal responsibility for actions and outcomes.

DIA is the nation’s premier all-source military intelligence organization.

It provides the nation’s most authoritative assessments of foreign military intentions and capabilities. The agency’s four core competencies -- human intelligence, all-source analysis, counterintelligence and technical intelligence -- enable military operations while also informing policy-makers at the defense and national levels.

DIA’s mission is unique and no other agency matches its military expertise across such a broad range of intelligence disciplines.