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The official podcast of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Our mission is to provide intelligence on foreign militaries to prevent and decisively win wars.

DIA Connections Defense Intelligence Agency

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The official podcast of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Our mission is to provide intelligence on foreign militaries to prevent and decisively win wars.

    DIA Connections - Season 3 - Episode 2: Ukraine - Children of War

    DIA Connections - Season 3 - Episode 2: Ukraine - Children of War

    In June 2022, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “Russia is stealing the childhood of our children.” Every victim of war suffers loss, but no one loses as much as children. On this episode of DIA Connections, you’ll hear from a psychologist who treats children suffering from war trauma. We spoke with the director of the War Childhood Museum, the world’s only museum focused exclusively on the impact of children and war. We also visited two brave 15-year-old young ladies who left their home in Ukraine for America after a walk home from a friend's house was interrupted by a Russian missile strike.

    DIA Connections - Season 3 - Episode 1: Operation Babylift - Tragedy & Triumph

    DIA Connections - Season 3 - Episode 1: Operation Babylift - Tragedy & Triumph

    In April 1975, South Vietnam was on the verge of collapse. As North Vietnamese forces advanced towards Saigon, orphaned babies adopted by American families needed a way out. President Gerald Ford initiated Operation Babylift, a mass evacuation humanitarian mission that ultimately saved thousands of lives. On this episode of DIA Connections, we examine the Defense Intelligence Agency’s successful rescue mission, despite its tragic start when the first plane leaving Saigon crashed, killing 138 of the 316 on board, including five DIA employees. We spoke with two survivors who shared their emotional stories of that fateful day, the pilot, Col. Dennis “Bud” Traynor and medical crew director Regina Aune. You’ll also hear from two of the babies who were airlifted to safety and as adults have honored their past in very different ways. One writes and sings about his life as an adoptee, the other works for the Agency that helped bring her to America, the DIA.

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 9: Best of Season Two

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 9: Best of Season Two

    On this special episode of DIA Connections…a chance to catch up with the best of season two. We spoke with a wide range of guests including the founder of the original Topgun flight school, a former Secretary of State, an award-winning Hollywood movie director, a journalist in Moscow during the Cuban Missile Crisis, an ex-Major League Baseball umpire, a DIA psychic, and a comedian President Reagan sought advice from on dealing with Gorbachev about nuclear disarmament. Listen to highlights from the “Best of Season Two.”

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 8: Strange Things at DIA

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 8: Strange Things at DIA

    We know this is going to sound strange, but it's true! For more than a decade, the Defense Intelligence Agency - the Nation's primary manager and producer of foreign military intelligence - ran a paranormal program. On this episode of DIA Connections, learn how the Agency used psychics to collect intelligence on foreign targets. Author Annie Jacobsen joins us to discuss the secret history of the U.S. Government's investigation into psychic phenomena and about the paranormal race with the Soviet Union. Then, visit the home of Angela Dellafiora, DIA's award-winning psychic/remote viewer, who describes her visualization process and how she used her third eye to go to places where others couldn't. This one's a real mindbender.

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 7: Top Gun

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 7: Top Gun

    When Tom Cruise landed the role of Maverick in the 1986 box office hit "Top Gun," he probably wasn’t aware of how the Defense Intelligence Agency’s exploitation of captured MIGs played a crucial role in the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School program depicted in the movie. On this episode of DIA Connections, you’ll hear about it in a fascinating conversation with Dan Pedersen, the founder of TOPGUN. We also have a discussion with flight instructor Dave “BIO” Baranek, who not only flew aerial sequences in the film and participated in the editing process, but who also swapped stories off set with Cruise about the need for speed.

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 6: INF Treaty Part 2: Reagan & Smirnoff

    DIA Connections - Season 2 - Episode 6: INF Treaty Part 2: Reagan & Smirnoff

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s a story about the most powerful person on Earth, and his comedian friend from the Soviet Union, and how they ultimately saved the world from nuclear disaster. Wanna laugh? On this episode of DIA Connections, we explore how the humor of President Ronald Reagan and Yakov Smirnoff may have paved the way for a nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Alpha Psyker ,

Stranger Things Indeed!

Season 2 - Episode 8 “Strange Things at DIA” inspired me to write a review, although I am a longtime listener. The subject matter was handled with great subtlety and insightfulness. I really appreciated the balanced reporting. Keep up the excellent work!

Mets Fan Down South ,

Excellent podcast!

Fascinating stories from intelligence insiders (and others) on recent historical events and issues. A must-listen!

New Angel ,

The best stories

This has to be one of the best podcast series. The story-telling is amazing. I just wish I could SEE the stories too!

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