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Director of National Intelligence (U.S.)


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[Director of National Intelligence] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 February 2007

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This position was introduced to succeed the Director of the CIA in 2005.

The seal on the flag is the central device here at A flag with a blue background was seen for the DCI at (no longer available), and with a white background for the Deputy DCI at (no longer available).
David C. Fowler, 10 January 2006

As a part of the overall findings of the 9/11 Commission in July 2004, Congress approved the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 on December 8, 2004. This law established a new position, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as the head person in the US Intelligence Community and as the President's advisor for intelligence matters; the DNI also advises the National Security Council. He is assisted by a Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI). Both the DNI and PDDNI are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The current DNI is John Negroponte; he took office on April 21, 2005. The position of PDDNI has been vacant since Gen. Michael Hayden became Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA).

The creation of the ODNI had one change for the CIA. After April 21, 2005, the office of Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was abolished and the office was replaced with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA). The D/CIA manages the CIA and does any Intelligence task asked of him by the President and the DNI. The D/CIA is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The flag of the DNI is a blue field, on it is the seal of the ODNI. The seal contains these elements. The eagle represents the sovereignty of the US; the shield has 13 red and white stripes. The red color is for valor and hardiness; the white is for purity and innocence. The DNI has their own meaning for E Pluribus Unum. It is the union of the Intelligence Community under the ODNI. The olive branches and arrows are for the power of peace and war, respectfully. The blue field of the seal is for, in the ODNI's words, "vigilance, perseverance and justice". The 50 star represent the states and the gold lettering on the seal represents, again in the ODNI's words, "integrity and the highest ideals and goals".

The PDDNI's flag is same as the DNI's except the seal is on a white field.

I used three main sources for this message:

1) World Statesmen:
2) The ODNI website:
3) The CIA Factbook on Intelligence - The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and his Directors:

Joshua Holman, 28 October 2006

Deputy Director's flag

[Director of National Intelligence] image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 June 2006

I have found no photographic evidence that a white flag for the deputy director actually exists. In formal portraits, the deputy uses the blue ODNI flag.
Dave Fowler, 10 April 2021

Order of Precedence

The US Intelligence Community has an order of precedence of its member agency in its flag display. An 18th member was added in late 2020, when the US Space Force became part of the community. The Director of National Intelligence presides over and coordinates intelligence from them, but does not actually "own" any of them.
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1) United States
2) US Army
3) US Marine Corps
4) US Navy
5) US Air Force
6) US Space Force
7) US Coast Guard
8) Department of State
9) Department of the Treasury*
10) Department of Energy
11) Department of Homeland Security
12) Office of the Director of National Intelligence
13) Federal Bureau of Investigation
14) US Central Intelligence Agency
15) National Security Agency/Central Security Service
16) National Reconnaissance Office
17) Defense Intelligence Agency
18) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
19) US Drug Enforcement Administration

*Sometimes the Kelly green Treasury flag with an elaborate emblem is used, and sometimes the simpler blue flag with seal is used.

So far, no photos have surfaced with the Space Force flag, but its position can be inferred by military orders of precedence.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Bureau of Customs and Border Protection have been mentioned in the recent past as potential new members. However, this is controversial due to actions under the previous administration, and debate as to whether they are net producers or consumers of raw intelligence. The judgment at the time was that the timing for membership was not right.
Dave Fowler, 10 April 2021