Defense Technical Information Center

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC, pronounced "Dee-tick"[2]) is the repository for research and engineering information for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). DTIC's services are available to DoD personnel, federal government personnel, federal contractors and selected academic institutions. The general public can access unclassified information through its public website.

Defense Technical Information Center
Department overview
FormedJune 1945 (1945-06)
Preceding agencies
  • Air Documents Research Center (ADRC)
  • Air Documents Division (ADD)
  • Central Air Documents Office (CADO)
HeadquartersFort Belvoir, Virginia
Department executive
  • Christopher Thomas, Administrator of the Defense Technical Information Center[1]
Parent DepartmentUnited States Department of Defense


Established in June 1945 as the Air Documents Research Center (ADRC), the agency's first mission was to collect German air documents. The documents collected were divided into three categories: documents that would assist the war in the Pacific theater, documents of immediate intelligence interest to the United States or British forces and documents of interest for future research.

In 1945, the ADRC moved operations from London, in the United Kingdom, to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, under the name Air Documents Division (ADD); the ADD staff cataloged captured documents and translated a small number of reports deemed high-priority research. In 1948, the secretaries of the Navy and Air Force redesigned ADD into the Central Air Documents Office (CADO) giving it the collection of captured documents and also broadened its mission to include collecting, processing and disseminating information for use within military regulations. Since 1948, the organization has evolved—in name and mission—to become the "central resource for DoD- and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business related information" for the DoD community.

Products and services

DTIC Public Website

DTIC Public Website is the public gateway to DTIC's products and services. Access to the unclassified information on this site is available.

DTIC's Website also contains information about registering for R&E Gateway and how to submit documents to DTIC.

R&E Gateway

The R&E Gateway—the Department of Defense's (DoD) authoritative and secure online resource for research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) information. There are over 4 million Science and Technical (S&T) assets available on the R&E Gateway:( i.e., DoD scientific and technical reports, planned and completed research, projects, DoD-funded research and engineering journal articles, budget exhibits (R2 and P40), DoD grant awards, International Agreements, and etc.[3]

DTIC Online Classified

The Secure Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNet), DTIC Online Classified provides access to DTIC's complete collection (unclassified, unlimited; unclassified, limited; classified up to SECRET) of technical reports. In addition, registered users have access to other websites housed on the SIPRNet, including DoDTechipedia Classified.

Information Analysis Centers

The DoD IAC's Research & Analysis Services provide access to information, knowledge, and best practices from the Government, industry, and academia to fulfill the mission and objectives applicable to the DoD RDT&E and Acquisition communities' needs. These services are provided by the DoD IAC's three Basic Centers of Operation (BCOs); Cyber-Security and Information Systems, Defense Systems, and Homeland Defense and Security. The BCO's rely on their extensive Subject Matter Expert (SME) network; which includes experienced engineers and scientists, retired senior military leaders, leading academic researchers, and industry experts; to solve our customer's toughest scientific and technical problems.."[4]

See also


  1. "Biography View: Christopher E. Thomas". Defense Technical Information Center. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  2. Schwalb, Sandy (July–August 2005). "The Information Business: A Profile of the Defense Technical Information Center" (PDF). Defense AT&L. Vol. XXVII no. 4. pp. 44–46. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019. Full issue.
  3. "DOD IAC".
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