Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, has provided the public the right to request access to records from any Federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions that protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
Information on the Department of Defense FOIA program, including FOIA reporting and resources for submitting a FOIA request, is found on the department's Open Government website:
Additional helpful FOIA information:
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.