According to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), this is their mission statement:

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) has served the information needs of the Defense community for more than 70 years. DTIC reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense For Research and Engineering ASD(RE).

Our mission is to provide essential, technical research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) information rapidly, accurately and reliably to support our DoD customers’ needs.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), you are able to request “report bibliographies” – a listing of all reports that DTIC has in their system, which pertain to a certain keyword.

You can also request searches of other fields, like author, subject, abstract or even the current classification.

In July of 2016, I requested a list of all documents within DTIC databases, that were still marked as classified, and dated 1952 or earlier.

Download the Documents

Please note: The PDF below, has bookmarks for the different indexes, by year (or grouping). They were maintained when I converted this to a full .pdf to ensure you can quickly scan through this large document.

 Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Classified Report List – Dated 1952 and Prior [4,128 Pages, 20.1MB]

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Obtaining Documents on this List

Want a document listed on this list above? You will need to file a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) for the record, by contacting DTIC via the following:

The DTIC FOIA Requester Service Center is the initial point of contact for FOIA requesters to submit requests and receive status updates or other information regarding their requests being processed at DTIC. Initial FOIA requests may be submitted by postal mail at the mailing address below, sending email to [email protected], or by FAX at (703) 767-9201.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC-R)
ATTN: FOIA Requester Service Center
8725 John J. Kingman Road
Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-6218Phone: (703) 767-9204
FAX: (703) 767-9201

Comment below on what you find interesting! Not sure how to file a FOIA REQUEST or MDR?  I will do it for you! Just let me know what you’re looking for.

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