DIA Current Intelligence
Defense Intelligence Digest Items
Prepared by DIA, the service intelligence organizations, and NSA, each item discusses a single
development of current interest. (1)They are issued on an as-needed basis (normally several a day)
and are disseminated as quickly as possible. Distribution is largely within the Defense
Department and to military commands worldwide.
Defense Intelligence Digest
A compilation in magazine format, it is a coordinated DIA/service intelligence/NSA product. It
provides timely current intelligence to national-level policy makers on military or military-related
topics. Significant political, scientific and technical, and economic developments are also included.
Hardcopy distribution is limited to the Washington area, but selected contents are disseminated
electronically to military commanders worldwide. This product is published Monday through
Status Change Report
This report is used to inform the entire DOD indications and warning system of changes in
activity assessments and the status of exceptionally significant indicators.
DIA Estimative Intelligence Papers
Several defense estimates are produced within the Defense Intelligence
Agency. (2) The Defense Intelligence Assessment (DIA), which provides an analysis of a specific
subject or development having military significance or implications, is usually coordinated with
the military services and is aimed at senior and mid-level staffs. The Defense Intelligence Report
(DIR) is a concise report that addresses a topic of interest to senior policy makers and
Products of the Defense Indications and Warning System
The Defense Intelligence Agency issues a number of periodic and special warning reports
designed to give guidance on threats to the US commands around the world. (3)The Weekly
Intelligence Forecast and the Weekly Warning Forecast Report include assessments from the
various commands. The Quarterly Warning Forecast reviews a broad range of potential
developments that could have an impact on US security interests. In addition, DIA and the
Commands, as members of the Defense I&W system, publish two ad hoc products as issues arise:
the Warning Report is an assessment of a specific warning issue; the Watch Condition Change is
a notification of a change-either up or down-in the threat level presented by a specific warning
problem. The Warning Report is the vehicle by which the Department of Defense's indications
and warning system communicates warning intelligence that is worthy of the immediate, specific
attention of senior US officials within the Washington area. It is published by DIA.
Joint Reporting System (JRS) Intelligence Reports
Department of Defense Intelligence Digest (DODID)(4)
The purpose of the DODID is to give the CJCS, the combatant commands, and selected US
Government agencies timely, finished intelligence about developments that could have a
significant effect on current and future planning and operations. DIA prepares this narrative
report, and it normally covers a single activity, event, or situation. The primary objective of the
DODID is to report on key developments, explain their occurrence, and assess their impact on
the United States and its interests.
Spot intelligence Report (SPIREP)
The purpose of the SPIREP is to give the CJCS, the National Military Intelligence Center (DIN),
the combatant commands, the military Services, and selected US Government agencies timely
intelligence information on developments that could have an immediate and significant effect on
current planning and operations. This narrative report is submitted to the national level by
combatant commands, military Services, and military organizations of divisional level whenever
critical developments appear imminent or are of potentially high interest to US national-level
decision makers. Its content includes the nature of the event, where and when the event
occurred, the source of the information, and remarks. SPIREPs are transmitted to the national
level not later than one hour after receiving the critical information. Initial SPIREPs are not
delayed to verify the information or to get more details; rather, amplifying or clarifying
information is forwarded in followup SPIREPs.
Daily Intelligence Summary (DISUM)
DISUMs give the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Military Intelligence Center
(DIN), the military Services, and selected US Government agencies a daily analysis of an actual
or simulated (training exercise) crisis and a summary of relevant intelligence information
produced during the preceding 24-hour period. The minimum required information includes
subject, general hostile situation, hostile operations during the period, other intelligence factors,
and the counterintelligence situation. DISUMs are submitted to the national level by combatant
DIA Intelligence Situation Summary (INTELSITSUM)
The INTELSITSUM furnishes timely, periodic intelligence summaries about an actual or
simulated (training exercise) foreign crisis that could have an immediate effect (actual or
simulated) on US planning and operations, to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the
combatant commands, the military Services, US military commanders worldwide, and selected
US Government agencies. The summary contains the subject, situation summary and highlights,
military activity, political issues, collection posture, and outlook.
1. Adapted from: Central Intelligence Agency, A Consumer's Guide to Intelligence, OPAI 93-00092, September 1993, page 22.
2. Adapted from: Central Intelligence Agency,A Consumer's Guide to Intelligence, OPAI 93-00092, September 1993, page 25.
3. Adapted from: Central Intelligence Agency, A Consumer's Guide to Intelligence, OPAI 93-00092, September 1993, page 26.
4. [Adapted from: Armed Forces Staff College, The Joint Officers Guide, AFSC Publication 1, 1993, page 4-9.]
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