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Defense Intelligence Agency (U.S.)

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[Flag of Defense Intelligence Agency] image by Randy Young, 13 March 2019



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Description of the flag

The Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, has essentially the same mission as the CIA, but is directed more toward support of American military operations rather than the supporting the national policy makers. As the name implies, DIA is administered directly by the Department of Defense (DoD). In fact, according to the organizational structure, DIA, NSA, NRO, and NIMA all have two different bosses: the Director of Central Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense.

DIA's flag features the agency's seal centered on a light blue field, indicative of its subordination to DoD. The seal shows a globe on a dark blue background, with a flaming torch behind the globe. Across the top of the seal are the words "DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY," and across the bottom is "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
Randy Young, 20 December 2001


Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service

A flag was observed behind Gen. Clapper at www.nima.mil/ast/fm/acq/Sep-Oct2003Path.pdf.

I would describe the DISES flag thus:

  • A royal blue field
  • In the center, a gold Pentagon (obvious significance)
  • Surrounding the pentagon, 8 gold 5-pointed stars (One for each DOD Intelligence agency); The stars are positioned at each point of the pentagon, and the lower 3 sides.
  • Off-centered in the gold pentagon, is a smaller pentagon, divided into vertical stripes of red, white and blue.
  • In the broader segment of the gold pentagon, below the small pentagon, is the white acronym "DISES"
  • A 5 pointed star is superimposed over the r-w-b pentagon, and appears to be lighter shades of r-w-b where it overlaps the colors on the pentagon.
  • The appropriate agency seal is in the center of the pentagon (NIMA, NSA, DIA, etc).
  • There appears to be a gold fringe

Dave Fowler, 24 October 2003

The Army has a distinctive flag for its own SES members as well as positional flags for a handful of civilian officials below secretarial rank. And there are, of course, personal/positional flags for all officials at the level of assistant secretary and above.
Joe McMillan, 24 October 2003


Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center flag (ca 1992-2008)

[Flag of Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center] image by Randy Young, 1 November 2013

The old unit colors/agency flag for the US Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center, or AFMIC, at Ft Detrick, Maryland. Originally the Medical Intelligence Division within the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 1963 until the post-Vietnam War era, the US Army Medical Intelligence and Information Agency (USAMIIA) was renamed AFMIC in 1982. In 1992, AFMIC was permanently transferred and subordinated to DIA. On July 2, 2008, AFMIC was formally redesignated as the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), still subordinated to DIA. The mission of NCMI and its predecessor organizations, including AFMIC, has remained “to track and assess the full range of global health issues for the US Department of Defense, specifically monitoring and analyzing health events that could negatively impact the health of US military and civilian populations.”

AFMIC’s flag, from at least 1992 through 2008 when it became NCMI, was the agency seal on a background of light blue matching the color of the Defense Department flag. I saw the flag several times in photographs. After the change in the organization’s name, I’m sure the seal changed, but I am unsure of what the current flag of NCMI looks like.
Randy Young, 1 November 2013