Issues arise concerned with consolidating departments
Additionally, due to DIA's designation as a combat support agency, it has special responsibilities in meeting intelligence requirements specifically for the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Combatant Commanders, both in peace and at war.Although there are misconceptions in the media and public about the DIA–CIA rivalry, the two agencies have a mutually beneficial relationship and division of labor. S official who worked with both agencies, "the CIA doesn't want to be looking for surface-to-air missiles in Libya" while it is also tasked with evaluating the Syrian opposition. military intelligence units and the work it performs is not in lieu of that falling under intelligence components of individual services.
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.The agency has no law-enforcement authority, contrary to occasional portrayals in American popular culture.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.This often includes radar intelligence, acoustic intelligence, nuclear intelligence, and chemical and biological intelligence.
DIA is designated the national manager for MASINT collection within the United States Intelligence Community, coordinating all MASINT gathering across agencies.
CIA and DIA Operations Officers all go through the same type of clandestine training at an interagency Defense installation under CIA administration, best known in popular culture by its CIA nickname "The Farm". Unlike the Russian GRU, which encompasses equivalents of nearly all joint U. military intelligence operations, DIA assists and coordinates the activities of individual service-level intelligence units (i.e.