"For more than 50 years, DIA officers have met the full range of security challenges facing our great nation. Our intelligence professionals operate across the globe, and our work supports customers from the forward-deployed warfighter to the national policymaker. DIA is united in a common vision—to be the indispensable source of defense intelligence expertise—and for the past five decades we have done just that.
As part of this vision, DIA has a long history of producing comprehensive and authoritative
defense intelligence overviews. In September 1981, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger
asked the Defense Intelligence Agency to produce an unclassified overview of the Soviet
Union’s military strength. The purpose was to provide America's leaders, the national security
community, and the public a complete and accurate view of the threat. The result: the first
edition of Soviet Military Power. DIA produced over 250,000 copies, and it soon became an
annual publication that was translated into eight languages and distributed around the world.
In many cases, this report conveyed the scope and breadth of Soviet military strength to U.S.
policymakers and the public for the first time.
Today, we are faced with a complexity of intelligence challenges from multiple threats that we
cannot afford to misunderstand. In the spirit of Soviet Military Power, DIA is proud to produce
an unclassified defense intelligence overview of the military capabilities associated with
the challenges we face—beginning with Russia. This product is intended to foster a dialogue
between U.S. leaders, the national security community, partner nations, and the public about
the challenges we face in the 21st century..."