Defense Intelligence Agency

20 MacDill Blvd., Washington, D.C. 20032-7711

Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency is an external intelligence service of the United States federal government, specializing in defense and military intelligence. The DIA headquarters is located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C.


The DIA is a component of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Intelligence Community (IC), and informs national civilian and defense policymakers about the military intentions and capabilities of foreign governments and non-state actors. It also provides intelligence assistance, integration and coordination across uniformed military service intelligence components, which remain structurally separate from DIA. The agency’s role encompasses the collection and analysis of military-related foreign political, economic, industrial, geographic, and medical and health intelligence. DIA produces approximately one-fourth of all intelligence content that goes into the President’s Daily Brief.


DIA’s intelligence operations extend beyond the zones of combat, and approximately half of its employees serve overseas at hundreds of locations and in U.S. Embassies in 140 countries. The agency specializes in the collection and analysis of human-source intelligence (HUMINT), both overt and clandestine, while also handling U.S. military-diplomatic relations abroad. DIA concurrently serves as the national manager for the highly technical measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and as the Defense Department manager for counterintelligence programs.


DIA is a national-level intelligence organization that does not belong to a single military element or within the traditional chain of command, instead answering to the Secretary of Defense directly through the USDI.


Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is a 1,018-acre military installation, located in Southwest, Washington, D.C., situated between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, off of Interstate 295 in the Anacostia and Congress Heights areas. The installation was established on October 1, 2010 in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of Naval Support Facility Anacostia (NSF) and Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB).

Arriving at the DIA in Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
The closest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport located about 3 miles from base.


If you are in need of temporary lodging, the Bolling Inn offers over 250 guest rooms. Call 202-404-7060 or DSN 754-7050 for reservations.


Soldiers arriving for in-processing at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling should report to their command first. Once checked in with your orders endorsed, Navy personnel will report to PSD located in Enterprise Hall and Air Force personnel will report to MPF located in Building 16. Uniforms should be worn during in-processing. For more information about what documents besides personnel records to bring, contact Enterprise Hall at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling by calling 202-433-0960 during the day.

Base Population
There are over  17,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.  Three-quarters of the agency’s employees are career civilians who are experts in various fields of defense and military interest or application and although no formal military background is required, 48% of agency employees have some past military service.