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A Word About Security

Why must I register in order to receive DTIC® information?

Who is eligible to register for DTIC® Services?

You are eligible to register if you:

If I am not eligible to register with DTIC, how can I obtain DTIC information?

I am a DoD employee (civilian and military, incuding National Guard and Reserves on active duty). How do I register for DTIC?

I am an employee of another U.S. Federal Government agency. How do I register for DTIC?

I am a DoD or other U.S. Government Contractor. How do I register for DTIC?

I am a Potential DoD Contractor. How do I register for DTIC?

  • If your company does not have current contracts or grants with DoD, the Potential Contractors Program (PCP) provides technical information support through DTIC to industrial companies, educational institutions, non-profit technical organizations, and individuals with adequate research and development capabilities. Applications to be certified as a PCP must be made through one of the military services or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Each has eligibility criteria, guidelines, forms, and other informational material unique to its individual program. You need authorization from only one agency or program to register with DTIC.

I am a researcher at a university or college funded by DoD or funded by another U.S. Federal Government Agency. How do I register for DTIC?

I am a participant of the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. How do I register for DTIC?

I have a current SBIR/STTR award.
I do not yet have an SBIR/STTR award.

I am a faculty member, staff member, or student of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Tribal College and University (TCU) and other Minority Institution (MI). How do I register for DTIC?

Contact Registration

E-mail: reghelp@dtic.mil


Commercial: (703) 767-8273 / DSN 427-8273
Toll Free: 1-800-CAL-DTIC (225-3842), (Registration Product Information--menu selection 2)

FAX: (703) 767-9459 / DSN 427-9459

Mailing Address:

ATTN: DTIC-BC (Registration)
Defense Technical Information Center
8725 John J. Kingman Road
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-6218

Why must I register in order to receive DTIC Information?

  • DTIC's collection includes information that describes research performed, sponsored, and cosponsored by DoD on various topics. This information carries security classifications up to the Secret level and is always marked by the originating office to show how it can be distributed. To ensure that the distribution of this sensitive data is not compromised, users are required to register with DTIC.

  • Based on the data submitted by potential users during the registration process and upon verification of that data, DTIC adds the user to its central registry file of authorized users. The registry file contains the user's level of security clearance and subject interest profile. All requests for DTIC products and services are validated against the registry file for site classification, registration status, and/or subject matter need to know.

Unclassified, unlimited and unclassified, limited distribution information:

The Defense Department's scientific and technical information is always marked by the office that originates the document to show how it can be distributed. Some information is classified to protect national security. DTIC's databases contain classified information that may be marked CONFIDENTIAL or SECRET.

DTIC's databases also contain information that although not classified is still sensitive for various reasons. These documents are marked to show why the information is sensitive and to whom the document can be distributed. Such documents are considered UNCLASSIFIED but LIMITED as to its distribution.

The majority of information in DTIC's databases is not classified or limited but can be released to anyone. This is referred to as UNCLASSIFIED, UNLIMITED.

Many of the limits on distribution have to do with whether or not the user is an employee of the Department of Defense, an employee of other U.S. Government organizations, or a contractor for either the DoD or other U.S. Government Organizations. Due to these distribution limitations, access to DTIC data and DTIC's registration processes are different for different groups of users.



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