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The Air Intelligence Agency, headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, is a field operating agency reporting directly to the Headquarters U.S. Air Force assistant chief of staff for intelligence. AIA, activated on Oct. 1, 1993, is the Air Force's single source intelligence agency, combining various intelligence disciplines to provide current, accurate data to air component commanders and national decision makers.


AIA provides multi-source intelligence products, applications, services and resources in the areas of information warfare/command and control warfare (IW/C2W), security, acquisition, foreign weapons systems and technology, and treaty monitoring. It is the executive agent for U.S. Air Force-wide intelligence roles and functions.

Personnel and Resources

AIA has 16,000 military and civilian personnel serving at some 95 locations around the globe.


National Air Intelligence Center

The National Air Intelligence Center (NAIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the Air Force's single all-source aerospace intelligence center. Its mission is to support the warfighter, the acquisition community and the national policy maker by acquiring, collecting, analyzing, producing and disseminating foreign aerospace intelligence to the U.S. Air Force, the unified commands, sister services, other members of the intelligence community and allies.

The NAIC was formed Oct. 1, 1993, by combining the Foreign Aerospace Science and Technology Center, which focuses primarily on the production of scientific and technical intelligence, and the 480th Intelligence Group, which focuses on the preparation of cockpit-oriented target material and mission planning intelligence. The 480th includes the 20th, 27th, 36th and 123rd Intelligence squadrons. In July 1994, the 497th Intelligence Group Directorate of Assessments, which provides analysis support directly to the Air Staff and other intelligence organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, was integrated into NAIC. The consolidation of these three units resulted in a significant mission expansion enabling NAIC to provide fully integrated intelligence products tailored to customer requirements.

Air Force Information Warfare Center

The Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC) was activated on Sept. 10, 1993. Formerly the Air Force Electronic Warfare Center, AFIWC was established by combining the securities functions of the Air Force Cryptologic Support Center with the functions performed by AFEWC. The center is the focal point for development and application of information dominance in future warfare. It provides commanders with products and services to wage command and control warfare.

The center is charged with protecting friendly command and control capability including U.S. Air Force computer security. It is the primary source of electronic warfare and command, control and communications countermeasure analysis and advice for the Air Force. It also maintains a massive data base of electronic combat-related information that is used throughout the Department of Defense. The data assists air component commanders in making electronic combat decisions.

AFIWC performs analyses to support planning, developing and testing using the latest electronic warfare equipment. The center also supports the electronic combat acquisition process, from development of statements of need through final testing by providing specialized analysis to Air Force major commands and the Air Staff.

497th Intelligence Group

The 497th IG, located at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., provides specialized intelligence services to Headquarters U.S. Air Force and other U.S. Air Force units worldwide. The group provides tailored intelligence assessments in support of Air Staff planning and policy formulation: monitoring, analyzing and reporting on hostile action against the United States and its allies. The organization also provides functional management for all Air Force targeting issues and for all U.S. Air Force sensitive compartmented information security functions.

544th Intelligence Group

The 544th IG, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., provides intelligence and information to Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). The group was established to provide a single focal point for continental U.S. based operational space issues and to posture AIA to better support AFSPC and national agencies. The group was activated on Sept. 7, 1993.

67th Intelligence Wing

The 67th Intelligence Wing (IW), headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, manages the agency's global mission. The wing manages the planning of all-source intelligence, information warfare and security support. It assists Air Force components in the development of concepts, exercises and employment of AIA forces to support low-intensity conflict, counterdrugs and special operations as AIA's integrated wing. Subordinated to the wing are four intelligence groups located in the continental U.S., Hawaii and Germany.

More than 9,600 personnel are assigned to the 67th IW, making it the largest wing in the Air Force in terms of geographical area of coverage and number of people assigned. The wing was activated on Oct. 1, 1993.

Support to the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center

AIA also supports the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, (JC2WC) a Joint Chiefs of Staff Organization collocated with Headquarters AIA. The AIA commander is also the JC2WC director.

Point of Contact

Air Intelligence Agency
Public Affairs Office; 102 Hall Boulevard, Suite 234; San Antonio TX 78243-7036
DSN 969-2166 or (210) 977-2166, e-mail:





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