Frequently Asked Questions

What does the DIA do?

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is a Department of Defense (DOD) combat support agency. We produce, analyze, and disseminate military intelligence information to combat and non-combat military missions. We serve as the Nation’s primary manager and producer of foreign military intelligence and are a central intelligence producer and manager for the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), and the Unified Combatant Command.

Who works for the DIA? Our workforce is a mix of military employees including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Department of Defense (DOD) civilians.

How many people work for the DIA and what is its budget? More than 16,500 men and women work for the worldwide DIA workforce. Our budget consists of justified requirements and is analyzed by DOD and Congressional budget committees. Exact numbers and specific budget information do not get released to the public due to security reasons.

What does the DIA seal mean? The gold flaming torch represents knowledge. The earth represents our global intelligence mission. The 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 identify the Agency as a DoD organization.

What is the difference between the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency? DIA and CIA are both members of the IC. However, while the CIA is focused on providing intelligence to the President and his Cabinet, we in the DIA are the principal source of foreign intelligence to combat related missions.

How do I go about doing business or contracting with DIA? We are known for working with a diverse set of businesses – including Women Owned Businesses, Small Businesses, and Veteran Owned Businesses - among other contracting companies. Please look at our Business section to determine the best way for your business to get involved with DIA.

Who are the members of the Intelligence Community? There are 18 current members of the Intelligence Community (IC) led by the Director of National Intelligence. They are:

How do I apply for employment at DIA? Visit our Careers page to learn more about working at DIA, and to view current opportunities click Search Vacancies. Here you will be able to see a list of current job openings to select from. At the bottom of the page you will click the Apply for Selected Job button to continue your application process.

Does DIA offer summer internships to college students? Yes! Our summer intern program provides promising undergrad and graduate students the opportunity to learn more about DIA and gain valuable work experiences during temporary employment with us. For information on our programs requirements, application process and deadlines, take a look at the Careers page and then choose the Students link.

How do I contact DIA?

Visit our Contact DIA page for information on how to contact the agency.