Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

DIA Seal
Vincent R. Stewart

since January, 2015
Defense Intelligence Agency
Reports to Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
Appointer The President
Formation October 1961

The Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is a three-star general or admiral who, upon nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate, serves as the nation's highest-ranking military intelligence officer. He 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

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 USAF October 1961 – September 1969 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
2 Donald V. Bennett USA September 1969 – August 1972 Richard Nixon
3 Vincent P. de Poix USN August 1972 – September 1974 Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
4 Daniel O. Graham USA September 1974 – December 1975 Gerald Ford
5 Samuel V. Wilson USA May 1976 – August 1977 Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
6 Eugene F. Tighe USAF September 1977 – August 1981 Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
7 James A. Williams USA September 1981 – September 1985 Ronald Reagan
8 Leonard H. Perroots USAF October 1985 – December 1988 Ronald Reagan
9 Harry E. Soyster USA December 1988 – September 1991 Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
10 Dennis M. Nagy Civilian September 1991 – November 1991 George H. W. Bush
11 James R. Clapper USAF November 1991 – August 1995 George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
12 Kenneth Minihan USAF August 1995 – February 1996 Bill Clinton
13 Patrick M. Hughes USA February 1996 – July 1999 Bill Clinton
14 Thomas R. Wilson USN July 1999 – July 2002 Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
15 Lowell E. Jacoby USN July 2002 – November 2005 George W. Bush
16 Michael D. Maples USA November 2005 – March 2009 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
17 Ronald Burgess USA March 2009 – July 2012 Barack Obama
18 Michael T. Flynn USA July 2012 – August 2014 Barack Obama
19 David Shedd Civilian August 2014 – January 2015 Barack Obama
20 Vincent R. Stewart USMC January 2015 – Present Barack Obama


  1. DIA Public Web Page, Leadership

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