Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)

Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1)


Credential: Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA), Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - I (CDASA-I) is an intermediate level credential designed as part of an effort to professionalize the military and civilian Defense Department intelligence workforce. CDASA-1s must demonstrate knowledge and ability in All-Source Analysis skills and maintain their analytic abilities through continuing education. These skills ensure an integrated, agile intelligence force that can support departmental requirements in an ever-changing environment. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)

200 MacDill Blvd, Bldg 6000
Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, DC  20340

Phone: 202-231-3696

Email: DIA_NEDIAC_Professional_Certification_PMO@dodiis.mil

To earn the CDASA-I candidates must satisfy one of the following experience categories:

Option 1:

Perform Analysis
1. At least 24 months of experience in DoD performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties within the last 5 years, OR 

2. At least 72 months of IC experience performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties; AND at least 12 months of DoD experience performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties within the last 5 years.

Option 2:

Lead Analysis
1. At least 24 months of experience in DoD leading or guiding individuals performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties within the last 5 years, AND 

2. At least 24 months of experience in DoD performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties at any time in the candidate’s career.

Option 3:

Enable Analysis
1. At least 24 months of experience in DoD, enabling the all source analysis process 51% of the time as part of your official duties, AND 

2. At least 24 months of experience in DoD performing all-source analysis functions 51% of the time as part of official duties at any time in the candidate’s career.

* Do not count months in which more than 51% of the time was spent doing functions other than those above (ie. training, leave)

The Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must agree to adhere to the Principles of Intelligence Ethics.

Written Exam

  • Intelligence Enterprise (8%)
    • Organizations in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise
    • Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational Partner Collaboration
  • Joint Intelligence Process (10%)
    • Joint Intelligence Process
    • Intelligence Support to the Joint Operations Planning Process
    • Intelligence Products for the Joint Intelligence Preparation of Operational Environment (JIPOE)
    • Categories of Intelligence Products
  • Analytic Design (13%)
    • Organizations in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise
    • Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational Partner Collaboration
  • Creative and Critical Thinking (16%)
    • Creative vs. Critical Thinking
    • Biases
    • Managing Biases in Analysis
  • Structured Analytic Techniques (14%)
    • Purpose and Function of Structured Analytic Techniques
    • Selection of Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Analytic Communication (16%)
    • Intelligence Community Analytic Standards
    • Sourcing Standards for Analytic Products
    • Writing for Classification Levels/Customers
  • Collection-Analysis Nexus (13%)
    • All-Source Analysis Roles in Collection
    • Collection Requirements
    • Key Roles in Collection and Collection Requirements Process
    • Intelligence Priorities and Role in Collection
    • Key Collection Management Principles/Concepts/Terms
  • INT-specific Collection Systems (10%)
    • INT-specific Concepts
    • Relationship between INTs
    • Characteristics of Collection Systems

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders must recertify every three years by passing the CDASA-I exam and agreeing to adhere to the ethics principles. The three-year time period begins at the date of conferral. The certification holder must pass the CDASA-I exam within 90 days of the certification expiration date. Certification holders may take the exam no earlier than one year before their credential expiration date.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) include:

  • Only DoD Civilian, Military, or Coast Guard members are eligible to earn the CDASA-I credential.  Contractors are not eligible to participate.
  • All candidates must have an AGILE account on JWICS to participate in the program.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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