DPAA Historian


The mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is to research, investigate, recover and identify remains of DoD personnel unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Iraq conflicts and the Persian Gulf War, and to disseminate appropriate information on the status of missing persons from past conflicts to authorized family members. The DPAA Director, (SES-III) reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P).

Incumbent typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Lead in developing historical information and regional strategies to directly support casualty investigations and search and recovery missions.
  • Set, convey, and enforce standards and procedures for research and case development.
  • Coordinate the tasking and monitoring of the work of other researchers to ensure all casework conforms to Agency requirements, shepherding all cases through the entire development process, and serving as the subject matter expert and point of contact for area of research.
  • Research historical records and investigative leads to identify information requirements and gaps to satisfy during field investigations and disinterments.
  • Provides expert advice, consultations, and recommendations for a wide variety of analytical and administrative operations connected with the formulation, presentation, and execution of the DPAA historical research program.
  • Understanding of the geography and flow of battle, casualty evacuation processes, remains recovery activities, and remains handling and processing procedures.
  • Define scope of assignments and determines breadth and/or depth of historical research program, budget, and schedule for completion of projects for review by peers and DPAA senior leadership.
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