Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

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Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Country United States of America
Branch United States Third Army
Type Information & Propaganda
Role Media and public relations
Major Scott M. Betts

The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, acronym DVIDS, is a media and public relations operation run by the United States Third Army (United States Army Central), on behalf of the Department of the Army.[1] The operation supports all branches of the U.S. military and its coalition partners serving in the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, which includes the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.


DVIDS runs a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters, located in various places in its area of responsibility, as well as in a hub in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] DVIDS provides to the media and the public videos, photographs and print products, including newsletters,[3][4] as well as interviews with service members, commanders and non-military experts.[5] DVIDS currently uses Aspera software for its data and imagery transmission and storage needs.[6]

The Director of DVIDS Operations is Logistics officer Major Scott M. Betts.[7]

Private sector partners[edit]

The Third Army has awarded the contract for the provision of DVIDS services to Encompass Digital Media, Inc.,[8] previously named Crawford Communications, Inc.[9] Encompass is a privately held, electronic media services company based in Atlanta, Georgia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FAQ DVIDS website
  2. ^ dvidshub. YouTube. 
  3. ^ The Red Bull Express, newsletter of the 34th Infantry Division
  4. ^ "Round-Up" (PDF). Newsletter of US Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan. 
  5. ^ About DVIDS DVIDS website
  6. ^ Press release
  7. ^ "Personnel". 
  8. ^ Champsaur, Angie (September 2010). "The First Line of Defense" (PDF). Encompass Digital Media. 
  9. ^ "DVIDS - FAQ". DVIDS. 

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