Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

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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 toThe Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
AppointerThe President
FormationOctober 1961

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]

List of DIA Directors[edit]

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 Carroll jf1.jpg USAF October 1961 – September 1969 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Donald V. Bennett Donald Vivian Bennett.jpg USA September 1969 – August 1972 Richard Nixon
3 Vincent P. de Poix Vadm depoix.jpg USN August 1972 – September 1974 Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
4 Daniel O. Graham Ltg graham.jpg USA September 1974 – December 1975 Gerald Ford
5 Samuel V. Wilson LTG Samuel V. Wilson, Director of the DIA.jpg USA May 1976 – August 1977 Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
6 Eugene F. Tighe Ltg tighe.jpg USAF September 1977 – August 1981 Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
7 James A. Williams James A Williams.jpg USA September 1981 – September 1985 Ronald Reagan
8 Leonard H. Perroots Ltg perroots.jpg USAF October 1985 – December 1988 Ronald Reagan
9 Harry E. Soyster Harry E Soyster.jpg USA December 1988 – September 1991 Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
10 Dennis M. Nagy Dennismnagy.jpg Civilian September 1991 – November 1991 George H. W. Bush
11 James R. Clapper James R Clapper.jpg USAF November 1991 – August 1995 George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
12 Kenneth Minihan Kenneth Minihan, official military photo.jpg USAF August 1995 – February 1996 Bill Clinton
13 Patrick M. Hughes Patrick M Hughes.jpg USA February 1996 – July 1999 Bill Clinton
14 Thomas R. Wilson Vadm thomas r wilson.jpg USN July 1999 – July 2002 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
15 Lowell E. Jacoby RADM Lowell E. Jacoby, DN-SD-03-09298.jpg USN July 2002 – November 2005 George W. Bush
16 Michael D. Maples Lt general michael maples.jpg USA November 2005 – March 2009 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
17 Ronald Burgess Burgess R.jpg USA March 2009 – July 2012 Barack Obama
18 Michael T. Flynn Michael T Flynn.jpg USA July 2012 – August 2014 Barack Obama
Acting David Shedd Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), David R. Shedd.JPG Civilian August 2014 – January 2015 Barack Obama
19 Vincent R. Stewart Vincent R. Stewart.JPG USMC January 2015 – October 2017 Barack Obama
Donald Trump
20 Robert P. Ashley Jr. LTGAshleyPhoto USA October 2017 – Present Donald Trump


  1. ^ DIA Public Web Page, Leadership

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