FOIA Request

This office only processes requests for records in the possession and control of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff (OSD/JS), to include:



If you are seeking records from or about one of the other DoD components, one of the Combatant Commands, or the Military Services, you should contact them directly.


If you are unsure of who may hold the records you are seeking, this Government Records Locator may be of assistance to you.


For records 30 years or older, please direct your request to the National Archives and Records Administration.


For all DoD personnel records of retired military or civilian personnel, please direct your request to National Personnel Records Center.


Requesters must provide complete contact information (Full Name, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, and e-mail address, if available). If alternate contact information is available (e.g., other e-mail or telephone numbers), please provide that information as well.


Thoroughly identify the records desired, being as specific as possible as to when and by whom the record was created. The key here is to provide enough information to allow an experienced employee to locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort. Try to keep your request simple and to the point. Highly complex requests that cover many years and a large number of subjects take more time to process. Complex requests typically require extensive coordination and often consultation with other agencies.


Indicate or include a statement of your willingness to pay for the cost the processing the request. This figure should identify the maximum fee (a dollar amount) you are willing to pay. If you are seeking a fee waiver, you should refer to link to 32 C.F.R. § 286.28(d) for qualifying factors.


Click here to access the FOIA Request Form


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Requesters may submit FOIA requests electronically (preferred), via mail, or via facsimile as follows:

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center
Freedom of Information Division
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155
Fax (571) 372-0500