Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense whose mission is to recover American military personnel listed as prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA) from designated past conflicts, from countries around the world.

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency official seal
Seal of the Defense POW/MIA
Accounting Agency
Department overview
FormedJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
Headquarters2600 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
38°52′15″N 77°03′19″W / 38.87083°N 77.05528°W / 38.87083; -77.05528Coordinates: 38°52′15″N 77°03′19″W / 38.87083°N 77.05528°W / 38.87083; -77.05528
Annual budgetUS$112 million (2016)
Department executives
  • Kelly McKeague, Director
  • Fern Sumpter Winbush, Principal Deputy Director
  • Darius Banaji, Deputy Director for Operations
Parent departmentU.S. Department of Defense


Dr. Jill Biden meeting with DPAA personnel in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2015

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was formed on January 30, 2015, as the result of a merger of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, and parts of the United States Air Force's Life Sciences Lab.[1] Scientific laboratories are maintained at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Currently, DPAA is in a cooperative agreement with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc., which provides operational support during worldwide recovery operations.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Becomes Operational". U.S. Department of Defense.
  2. ^ "HJF | HJF Teams With Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to Account for Missing DoD Personnel". Retrieved October 22, 2018.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website