The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is a member of the Intelligence Community of the United States and is the central producer and manager of military intelligence for the United States Department of Defense employing over 16,500 U.S. military and civilian employees worldwide. The Defense Intelligence Community is headed by the DIA through its Director coordinates the activities of the Army Navy Marine Corps and Air Force intelligence components. The DIA and Defense Intelligence Community provide military intelligence to warfighters defense policymakers and force planners within the Department of Defense and the United States Intelligence Community in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition.
The Department of Defense created the DIA with the publication of Directive 5105.21, "Defense Intelligence Agency" on 1 August, effective 1 October 1961 under President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy ordered the development of a concept plan that would integrate all the military intelligence of the DoD. During the spring and summer of 1961, as Cold War tensions flared over the Berlin Wall, Air Force Lieutenant General Joseph Carroll who became the DIA's first director took the lead in planning and organizing this new agency.
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