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

The Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA), Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - I (CDASA-I) is an intermediate level credential designed for professional All-Source intelligence workers. CDASA-I recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a level of competence, through their work experience and analytic knowledge, consistent with the baseline of the profession. The analytic knowledge represents those facts, concepts, principles and tools that are appropriate for a generalist. The certification aims to support the DoD-wide initiative to professionalize the intelligence workforce. Further objectives include enhancing DoD's analytic quality by using common standards, enabling an interoperable and agile workforce, and promoting common professional development frameworks.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 09L Interpreter/Translator MOS some          
Enlisted 14H Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI most          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II      
Enlisted 35M Human Intelligence Collector MOS other          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted 35X Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant MOS most   V      
Enlisted 35Z Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief MOS most   VI      
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI some          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI most          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI most          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI other          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI most          
Enlisted T1 Counter Threat Finance Analyst ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI most          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI most          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 350F All Source Intelligence Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

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

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

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.

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

  • 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

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 Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

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.

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

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.