Defence Analytical Services and Advice
Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) is a statistical and economic unit within the MoD, initially created in 1992 from various statistics branches within the Ministry of Defence, as the Defence Analytical Services Agency. DASA was an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It lost its Agency status on 1 April 2008, becoming an administrative unit within the MOD, changing its name to Defence Analytical Services and Advice, retaining the acronym DASA.
The role of DASA is to compile staffing, financial and logistical statistics to provide professional analytical, economic and statistical services and advice to the Ministry of Defence, Parliament, Ministers, Senior MoD Officials and other Government Departments, mainly through its publication of Defence related National Statistics Publications and responses to Parliamentary Questions and ad hoc queries. DASA also provides planning and forecasting models to the British Armed Services to help to inform their decisions. In addition to this, DASA is also responsible for providing members of the public with defence related statistics through the Freedom of Information Act.
DASA employs a mixture of statisticians, economists, IT specialists, other analysts and specialists, and administrative staff.
DASA is part of both the Government Statistical Service and the Government Economic Service. As such, DASA Directors are usually the heads of profession for statistics and economics for the MOD.
DASA has offices in six areas: the two largest are in London and Bath, with smaller offices at MoD Abbey Wood in Bristol. DASA also has personnel co-located with each of the three Armed Services at RAF High Wycombe with HQ Air Command for the RAF, HMS Excellent, Portsmouth with the Navy Command Headquarters for the Royal Navy and Andover with Army Headquarters for the British Army.