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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
Seal of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.svg
DIA Seal
Robert P. Ashley, Jr.

since October, 2017
Defense Intelligence Agency
Reports to The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Appointer The President
Formation October 1961

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


  1. ^ DIA Public Web Page, Leadership

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