Defense Technical Information Center

Defense Technical Information Center
Defense Technical Information Center
Department overview
Headquarters Fort Belvoir, Virginia

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) is the premier repository for research and engineering information for the United States Department of Defense. DTIC's Suite of Services is available to DoD personnel, defense contractors, potential defense contractors, federal government personnel and contractors and some academic institutions. The general public can access unclassified, unlimited information, including many full-text downloadable documents, through the public Web site, DTIC Online.

DTIC's collections contain over 4 million documents including technical reports, research in progress and Independent Research and Development (IR&D) summaries. DTIC also publishes searchable Congressional budget data shortly after its release from Congress. DTIC acquires approximately 25,000 new documents each year.[1]

On June 4, 2004, DTIC became a DoD Field Activity under the management of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistices, reporting to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). Mr. Christopher Thomas is the Acting Administrator.

DTIC Mission Statement

To provide essential technical RDT&E information rapidly, accurately and reliably to support our DoD customers' needs.

DTIC Vision

The hub of DoD Scientific and Technical information interchanges, empowering innovators with greater efficiency, effectiveness, and agility by accelerating the delivery of warfighting technology.

DTIC 2011 to 2016 Strategic Plan



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.5 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”6 for the DoD community.

A summarized version of the history of DTIC is available from the organization.[2] 1951—CADO becomes the Armed Services Technical Information Agency (ASTIA). 1962—The DoD Scientific and Technical Information (STINFO) Program is established. 1963—ASTIA is renamed Defense Documentation Center (DDC) and becomes a field activity of the Defense Supply Agency (DSA). 1972—The Defense Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Online System (DROLS) becomes operational. 1979—DDC officially changes its name to Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). 1980—DoD Information Analysis Center (IAC) Program is added to DTIC’s mission. 1994—DTIC begins offering products and services via the Internet. 1995—DTIC moves to its current location in the Andrew T. McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. 2004—DTIC becomes a DoD Field Activity aligned under the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics reporting to the Director, Defense Research & Engineering (now Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)). 2008—DTIC Online is launched, providing one Web site to search and access DoD research and engineering information. 2008—DTIC launches DoDTechipedia, DoD’s scientific and technical information wiki. 2009—DTIC launches, an idea portal for potential DoD Contractors to submit solutions to DoD challenges. 2010—DTIC celebrates 65 years of meeting the scientific and technical information needs of the DoD community in support of the warfighter.

DTIC Products and Services

DTIC Online

(DTIC Replaced STINET with DTIC Online)

DTIC Online is the public gateway to DTIC’s products and services. A ccess to the unclassified, unlimited information on this site is available to the general public free of charge. No registration is required. Features of DTIC Online include:

  • Technical reports — unclassified, unlimited
  • Research and development descriptive summaries (research in progress)
  • Public release citations and citations to full-text documents in Adobe PDF
  • MultiSearch capabilities with access to over 50 resources and databases through a single query, including WorldWide Science and Scitopia, gateways to international sources
  • Congressional budget data
  • Current Issues — information on topics of high interest to DTIC users

DTIC Online also contains information about registering for DTIC Online Access Controlled, how to submit documents to DTIC and frequently used DTIC and DoD forms.

DTIC Online Access Controlled (DOAC)

DTIC Online Access Controlled is the gateway to DTIC’s limited access products and services. It consolidates all of DTIC’s collections and resources into one, single sign-on interface. Access to this site requires free registration. DOAC features all of the information accessible through DTIC Online with additional access to:

  • Unclassified, limited technical reports, bibliographic citations and reports describing the progress or results of research in the S&T community
  • Search current and historical DoD research and engineering (R&E) information including Congressional budget queries
  • Total Electronic Migration System (TEMS) containing the full online collection of STI from the Information Analysis Centers (IACs)
  • DoDTechipedia, the DoD science and technology wiki
  • Aristotle, the professional networking tool for the DoD R&E community

DTIC Online Classified

Free on the Secret Internet Protocol Router 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 Web sites housed on the SIPRNET, including DoDTechipedia Classified.

Web Site Hosting

DTIC has leading edge experience in hosting Web sites.3 As part of DTIC’s mission to support the information needs of the DoD community, DTIC develops and hosts Web sites for both DoD and ASD(R&E) components including the ASD(R&E) homepage, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Defense Libraries.

Embedded Librarians and Support to the Unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs)

DTIC Embedded Librarians provide onsite, direct support to COCOMs during major exercises. Reach-back support is provided by the DTIC Reference Team at DTIC Headquarters. Embedded Librarians:

  • Follow daily battle rhythm of exercise
  • Attend Commander’s Update Brief (CUB)
  • Receive taskers or assignments
  • Refer queries for reach-back support from DTIC staff
  • Discuss research with assigned group
  • Prepare quad charts, PowerPoint presentations and command briefings
  • Conduct training for COCOM staff on DTIC resources

Embedded Librarians have participated in major exercises with United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and have provided support to all 10 Unified Combatant Commands.


Launched in March 2010, Aristotle is a professional networking site for the DoD and federal government R&E community. It provides a secure environment for scientists, engineers, researchers and program managers to network, create and collaborate. Not only can users network with other individuals, they can also link to topics, projects and documents. Aristotle provides situational awareness of the larger DoD R&E community.

This powerful application helps defense professionals do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Users can organize and share information, and collaborate with colleagues around the world on projects; gather, prioritize and utilize information; and keep up-to-speed on developments in areas vital to their work. In addition to the security provided by the requirement to sign on with a registered CAC or using a userid and password, users must assign permissions to everything created in or uploaded to Aristotle.


DoDTechipedia is a wiki developed by the DoD to facilitate increased communication and collaboration among DoD scientists, engineers, program managers, acquisition professionals and operational Warfighters. DoDTechipedia is a living knowledge base that reduces duplication of effort and encourages collaboration among program areas and connects capability providers with technology developers.

Information Analysis Centers

Information Analysis Centers (IACs) are research and analysis organizations chartered by the DoD and operated by DTIC. IAC experts help researchers, engineers, scientists and program managers get the information they need, when they need it. DTIC manages 10 IACs, which enable quick access to S&T information worldwide. Basic searches (up to four hours of research) are free to DTIC registered customers. If your search requires more in-depth research, IACs can support you without your organization incurring common procurement cost.

DoD Sponsored IACs
  • Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing IAC
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense IAC
  • Chemical Propulsion Information Analysis Center
  • Data and Analysis Center for Software
  • Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center
  • Modeling and Simulation IAC
  • Reliability Information Analysis Center
  • Military Sensing IAC
  • Survivability/Vulnerability IAC
  • Weapons Systems Technology Information Analysis Center
Military-Sponsored IACs
  • Airfields, Pavements, and Mobility IAC
  • Coastal Engineering Defense IAC
  • Cold Regions Science and Technology IAC
  • Concrete Technology IAC
  • Defense Threat Reduction IAC
  • Environmental IAC
  • Hydraulic Engineering IAC
  • Shock and Vibration IAC
  • Soil Mechanics IAC

See also

References and footnotes

  1. ^ "DTIC Overview; Submitting Documents to DTIC". 
  2. ^ "DTIC History". pp. 1. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 

External links

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