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Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

The Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is an intelligence officer who, upon nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate, serves as the United States' highest-ranking military intelligence officer. As the chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Director is the primary intelligence adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and also answers to the Director of National Intelligence through the civilian Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The Director is also the Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, a subordinate command of United States Strategic Command. Additionally, he chairs the Military Intelligence Board, which coordinates activities of the entire defense intelligence community.[1]

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
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Incumbent
Robert P. Ashley Jr.

since October, 2017
Defense Intelligence Agency
Reports toThe Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
AppointerThe President
FormationOctober 1961
WebsiteDIA.mil

List of DIA DirectorsEdit

All but two directors were active members of the military. Nagy served briefly in the USAF before joining the DIA. Shedd never served in the military.

# Director Photo Service Term Duration President(s) served under
1 Joseph Carroll   USAF October 1961 – September 1969 7 years, 11 months John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Donald V. Bennett   USA September 1969 – August 1972 2 years, 11 months Richard Nixon
3 Vincent P. de Poix   USN August 1972 – September 1974 2 years, 1 month Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
4 Daniel O. Graham   USA September 1974 – December 1975 1 year, 3 months Gerald Ford
5 Samuel V. Wilson   USA May 1976 – August 1977 1 year, 3 months Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
6 Eugene F. Tighe   USAF September 1977 – August 1981 3 years, 11 months Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
7 James A. Williams   USA September 1981 – September 1985 4 years Ronald Reagan
8 Leonard H. Perroots   USAF October 1985 – December 1988 3 years, 2 months Ronald Reagan
9 Harry E. Soyster   USA December 1988 – September 1991 2 years, 9 months Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
10 Dennis M. Nagy   Civilian September 1991 – November 1991 2 months George H. W. Bush
11 James R. Clapper   USAF November 1991 – August 1995 3 years, 9 months George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
12 Kenneth Minihan   USAF August 1995 – February 1996 7 months Bill Clinton
13 Patrick M. Hughes   USA February 1996 – July 1999 3 years, 5 months Bill Clinton
14 Thomas R. Wilson   USN July 1999 – July 2002 3 years Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
15 Lowell E. Jacoby   USN July 2002 – November 2005 3 years, 4 months George W. Bush
16 Michael D. Maples   USA November 2005 – March 2009 3 years, 4 months George W. Bush
Barack Obama
17 Ronald Burgess   USA March 2009 – July 2012 3 years, 4 months Barack Obama
18 Michael T. Flynn   USA July 2012 – August 2014 2 years, 1 month Barack Obama
Acting David Shedd   Civilian August 2014 – January 2015 5 months Barack Obama
19 Vincent R. Stewart   USMC January 2015 – October 2017 2 years, 9 months Barack Obama
Donald Trump
20 Robert P. Ashley Jr.   USA October 2017 – Present 1 year, 9 months Donald Trump

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DIA Public Web Page, Leadership

External linksEdit