Analysis of Defense Intelligence Agency

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The DIA started in 1958. The organizational structure of the DoD and U.S. foreign intelligence came to a new shape with the establishment of DIA. It was Robert McNamara, then Secretary of Defense, who came up with the concept of DIA in 1961. DIA gathers human source intelligence, analyzes technical intelligence, distributes intelligence/reports to the intelligence agencies, provides advice and support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff with foreign military intelligence, and provides military intelligence to combatant commands as its operational functions. A DIA director is supposed to be a three-star military general and DIA is believed to have employed at least 7,500 staff worldwide today. The DIA is a defense intelligence agency that prevents…show more content…
spying on Islamist militants). According to another source, even today, DIA provides important information on foreign military intelligence, political assessments, troop movement, weapons distribution, military capabilities, diplomatic changes, economic issues, and more. These informations are distributed to policymakers, defense officials, combat commanders, and others in the intelligence community and thus, U.S. foreign policies are drafted. While talking about the DIA’s oversight, as one news source says, the DIA congressional oversight sight is difficult as DIA activities are controlled by Pentagon. Like CIA, which acts on its own without congressional knowledge or approval, DIA is the second one to act on its free will. Lack of budget maybe there, congressional oversight may not exist--DIA however still carries a significant meaning and plays an important role in the US national security even today. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the taking of American hostages in Iran, the overthrow of Idi Amin in Uganda, and North Korea’s nuclear proliferation are some few examples that speaks great volume about DIA being important, not redundant. It is said the Defense Department planned to expand its DIA operatives to 1,600 people and go beyond from DIA’s intelligence gathering to covert operations as well. The Obama administration’s consideration, which came out in recent years (according to the
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