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The position of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) was established by the Defense Authorization Act for FY2003.[1] The statute and DOD directives give the incumbent significant authorities for the direction and control of intelligence agencies within the DOD especially in regard to systems acquisition.

The USD(I) develops, coordinates, and oversees the implementation of DOD intelligence policy, programs, and guidance for intelligence activities supporting Information operations.[2]

In May 2007 the USD(I) was also designated "Director of Defense Intelligence" and serves on the DNI's executive committee.

The USD(I) serves as the principal staff assistant to SecDef on the development and oversight of DOD IO policy and integration activities. In this capacity, USD(I), in coordination with ASD(NII), establishes specific policies for CND of the GIG.[3]


  1. Pub. L. No. 107-314, sec. 901.
  2. Joint Publication 3-13, at ix.
  3. Joint Publication 6-0, at II-17.