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Feinstein Honors Defense Intelligence Agency

Resolution commemorating 50th anniversary passes Senate unanimously

Washington—The Senate today unanimously approved S. Res. 86, honoring the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on its 50th anniversary. The resolution was introduced on March 1 by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

DIA oversees intelligence analysis throughout the Department of Defense, including analytic work performed at the Army National Ground Intelligence Center, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Air Force National Air and the Space Intelligence Center, the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, and 10 U.S. combatant command intelligence operations centers.

Chairman Feinstein said, “Over the last 50 years, the intelligence collected and analyzed by the men and women of DIA has informed the Nation’s civilian and military leaders during crises and conflicts – from the Cold War to the current struggle against international terrorism.”

“Because of the nature of intelligence and the need for secrecy, we in Congress often are understandably reluctant to draw unnecessary attention to our intelligence services and the vital and sometimes dangerous work they do to protect our Nation,” Feinstein added. “However, at this important 50th anniversary, it is appropriate to reflect on DIA’s history of important contributions while also honoring its professionals, past and present.”

The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.)

A copy of the resolution is available here.