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image by Randy Young, 13 March 2019
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
A flag was observed behind Gen. Clapper at www.nima.mil/ast/fm/acq/Sep-Oct2003Path.pdf.
I would describe the DISES flag thus:
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
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
image by Randy Young, 10 July 2021
The Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC) was renamed the National
Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) in 2008.
Following the renaming to NCMI, the agency adopted a new seal and a new flag. The flag can be seen in the background of a photograph showing the July 2008 ribbon-cutting ceremony for NCMI at Fort Detrick, Maryland, from a July 2019 DIA press release (https://www.dia.mil/News/Articles/Article-View/Article/1902266/this-week-in-dia-history-national-center-for-medical-intelligence-hits-double-d/). In the stand of colors behind those cutting the ribbon can be seen the American flag, US Army flag, US Navy flag, US Marine Corps, DIA, and possibly the Department of Homeland Security. The new NCMI flag can be seen standing by itself against the wall of the building to the right and behind the stand of colors. The flag features the NCMI seal centered on a white field.