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Defense Intelligence Agency

From 2010

Materials presented in chronological order.

Miller, Greg. "Pentagon Establishes Defense Clandestine Service, New Espionage Unit." Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a senior defense official, the newly created Defense Clandestine Service is "aimed at expanding on the military's espionage efforts beyond war zones." The organization "would work closely with the CIA ... in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge." Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is "the main force behind the changes."

Stein. Jeff. "Spy Talk: DIA to Open New Counterintelligence Records Unit." Washington Post, 15 Jun. 2010. [http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/]

According to an announcement in the Federal Register on 15 June 2010, the DIA plans "to open a new repository for information about individuals and groups in what appears to be a successor to a controversial counterintelligence program that was disbanded in 2008. [Clark comment: The reference here is to the Talon program, although Stein does not use the term.] The new Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records section will be housed in DIA's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center" (DCHC), "formed after the demise of the Counterintelligence Field Activity" (CIFA).

Hosenball, Mark. "Pentagon Spies Build New Database on Foreign and Domestic Threats." Newsweek, 18 Jun. 2010. [http://www.newsweek-interactive.org/]

DIA spokesman Donald Black said that "material entered into the new [DIA/DCHC] database [will] be carefully reviewed ... to ensure that out-of-date, discredited, or irrelevant data on individuals would be destroyed if there was no longer a good reason to keep it." He added that the "database would not include the highly controversial aspects of TALON," CIFA's controversial database. "The Pentagon shut down TALON in 2007 after revelations that CIFA ... had assembled files on peace marchers and other nonviolent antiwar protestors." According to two U.S. officials, "while CIFA had been disbanded on paper, many of its personnel and some of its functions were transferred to DCHC. One of the officials said that DCHC is now in the same office space that CIFA once occupied."

Feinstein, Dianne (Sen., D-CA). "Feinstein Honors Defense Intelligence Agency: Resolution Commemorating 50th Anniversary Passes Senate Unanimously." Press Release. 12 May 2011. [http://feinstein.senate.gov]

On 12 May 2011, the U.S. Senate "unanimously approved S. Res. 86, honoring the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on its 50th anniversary."

Defense Intelligence Agency. 2012-2017 DIA Strategic Plan: One Mission. One Team. One Agency. 2011. At: http://www.dia.mil/about/strategic-plan.

Table of Contents
1. Foreword [by Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. (LTGEN/USA), D/DIA]
2. The Strategic Statement
3. The Strategic Environment
4. Goals and Objectives
5. Conclusion

Burgess, Ronald L., Jr. [LTGEN/USA; D/DIA] "The Defense Intelligence Agency: National Intelligence and Military Intelligence Are Indivisible." Intelligencer 18, no. 3 (Summer-Fall 2011): 11-16. ["Remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the AFIO Summer Luncheon, 12 August 2011"]

"In so many ways, the story of DIA's evolution is one that finds the agency continuing to serve as the engine integrating national and militrary intelligence."

Redding, Jennifer [DIA Public Affairs Office]. "Defense Intelligence Agency Marks 50 Years." Intelligencer 18, no. 3 (Summer-Fall 2011): 17-18.

Report on remarks at a ceremony at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC, on 29 September 2011.

Burgess, Ronald L., Jr. [LTGEN, USA] "History of the Defense Intelligence Agency." Intelligencer 19, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2012): 49-53.

Pellerin, Cheryl. "DIA Five-Year Plan Updates Strategic Warning Mission." American Forces Press Service, 18 Jul. 2012. [http://www.defense.gov]

In a new plan for 2012-2017, the DIA "is updating one of its core missions -- strategic warning for policymakers -- to reflect the world's growing volatility. DIA Deputy Director David R. Shedd told American Forces Press Service that this 'reinvigoration' of strategic warning 'is an effort to identify potential events and conditions in a world that … brings greater uncertainty.'"

Dilanian, Ken. "U.S. Intelligence Offical Acknowledges Missed Arab Spring Signs." Los Angeles Times, 19 Jul. 2012. [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com]

According to DIA Deputy Director David Shedd, "U.S. intelligence agencies missed evidence of the unrest across the Middle East and North Africa that exploded into popular uprisings last year during the so-called Arab Spring and are now trying to improve early warning systems."

Dozier, Kimberly. "'Fixing Intel' General Taking Over Defense Post." Associated Press, 24 Jul. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is taking over commend of the DIA from Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr.on 24 July 2012. Burgess is retiring "from the Army after 38 years of service." See also, Cheryl Pellerin, "New DIA Director Expects Intensified Demands for Intelligence," American Forces Press Service, 10 Aug. 2012.

Miller, Greg. "DIA Sending Hundreds More Spies Overseas." Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, the Defense Intelligence Agency "will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size.... The project is aimed at transforming" the DIA "into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units. When the expansion is complete, the DIA is expected to have as many as 1,600 'collectors' in positions around the world."

Miller, Greg, and Adam Goldman. "Head of Pentagon Intelligence Agency Forced Out, Officials Say." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to current and former U.S. officials, DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn and his deputy, David Shedd, said on 30 April 2014 "that they will retire from those positions in the coming months, part of a leadership shake-up at an agency that is under pressure to trim budgets and shift focus after more than a decade of war."

Lyngaas, Sean. "Another DIA Departure: Gus Taveras Resigns as CTO." FCW, 19 Aug. 2014. [http://fcw.com]

Gus Taveras is stepping down as the DIA's chief technology officer. He "has been CTO since December 2012"; his last day will be 22 August 2014. This is "the third high-level departure from the Pentagon's spy agency revealed in recent weeks": "Less than two weeks ago, David Shedd replaced Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as DIA director on an interim basis"; and the agency is searching for a CIO to succeed Grant Schneider.

Miller, Greg. "Pentagon's Plans for a Spy Service to Rival the CIA Have Been Pared Back." Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2014. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According tocurrent and former U.S. officials, Defense Department "has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost.... Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced."

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