Seal of the Office of the Inspector General

OIG’s seal features the image of an eagle—ever vigilant looking right denoting intense focus while rising with the foremost OIG traits of being independent and objective. The two bronze rings and two gold pips symbolize the strength of DIA and OIG, both separate, and strong on their own, and representing our ability to remain autonomous and transparent in our actions. The blue field of the seal symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, and truth. The flag represents patriotism to our great nation, steeped in the rule of law. The “Committed to Excellence” on the blue scroll with a white backing symbolizes our promise to produce products that compel action and significantly advances the Defense intelligence Agency’s mission.

Seal of the Defense Intelligence Agency


The initial letters of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) also comprise the Greek word “dia,” which means divided into two parts.

In this instance, the flaming torch and its gold color represent knowledge, i.e., intelligence, “lighting” the way of the “known” light blue-green world against the darkness or unknown symbolized by the dark background —“the area of the truth” still sought by the worldwide mission of the Agency.

The two red atomic ellipses symbolize the scientific and technical aspects of intelligence today and of the future. The 13 stars and the wreath are adopted from the Department of Defense (DoD) seal and identifies the Agency as a DoD organization.

Use of the Defense Intelligence Agency Seal

Federal Law (10 U.S.C. 425) prohibits use of the words "Defense Intelligence Agency", the initials "DIA", the seal of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or any colorable imitation of such words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise, impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

18 U.S.C. 701

Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card, or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.