Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Andrew Tuttle

Number of Pages



This thesis will examine the history of intelligence leading to the creation of DIA, DIA's changing and emerging roles, its missions and organization, agency contribution during military operations, criticisms of the agency, and lastly the intelligence outlook for the future of DIA. Since its creation in 1961, DIA has undergone numerous reorganizations and this thesis will examine the history of intelligence leading to the creation of the attempts to streamline intelligence and provide the best product possible. Most of these changes have occurred after major campaigns in which intelligence either failed, was inaccurate or could have played a better or bigger role in the campaigns: Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Grenada, and Desert Storm are some examples. Today DIA, as a powerful intelligence agency, plays a significant role in the intelligence community.


Agency; Defense; Depth; Development; Intelligence; Study

Controlled Subject

International law

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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