A wide range of products and services are available to fulfill the need for imagery of DoD operations and activities. In addition to the DefenseImagery.mil search capability, this page provides links to the various products available to our customers.
Our still media holdings consist of hundreds of thousands of images dating back to 1982, covering the complete range of military subjects. Online customers may download high, presentation, and thumbnail resolution imagery directly from this site. If you are having problems finding the images you are looking for, click on the "Research Services" link. For information on how to order imagery, click on the "Obtaining Imagery" link.
We maintain searchable listings and descriptions of thousands of Visual Information (VI) productions and interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) products, created by or for the Department of Defense. VI productions and IMI products are delivered in multiple formats, including DVD, CD and videotape, to support operational, training and internal information missions.
Our professional researchers can assist you in finding the right imagery to meet your needs.
Our mailing lists keep interested parties up-to-date with relevant Department of Defense imagery and visual information related topics.
Guidelines for using DoD imagery.
Our motion media holdings contain motion picture film and videotape master materials shot in support of the DoD mission from all branches of service. The major portion of our material is dated from 1982, although we do maintain select motion media collections on historic subjects from pre-WWII to the present. Motion media copies of our collection can be provided in the following format: Betacam SP, DVCPro and DVD formats. For information on how to order imagery, click on the “Obtaining Imagery” link.
We offer collections of our best images, which have been assembled and categorized by military operation or exercise, subject matter, or historical period. These are available via download or CD-ROM.
The procedures and costs involved in obtaining copies of still and motion media records from the Department of Defense vary depending on whether you are an official government customer or the general public.
The general public may purchase copies of official unclassified stock scene(s) and imagery cleared for public release. Please contact Customer Service for more information.
Order Fulfillment Timing
As part of our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers, we are currently working to place more of our archive online digitally. To reach that goal and serve you better, the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center is undergoing a transformation in its business practices and structure. During this restructuring, we will continue to strive to meet the needs of all of our customers by processing and fulfilling orders within 14 business days.
As we strive to meet that goal, there may be times when our services, including research and the duplication of motion media (primarily physical imagery products), may be delayed or curtailed. We ask everyone to please plan accordingly. During this time, our priorities in handling imagery requests will be:
- Requests from within the Department of Defense
- Requests from other federal government agencies
- Requests from commercial and non-federal civilians.
Also during this time, our Customer Service Representatives will continue to monitor your requests and they will keep you informed of any delays in the process. They may be reached at email@example.com or via phone at 1-888-743-4662.
Please use this website’s capability to assist you in locating still and motion imagery and then downloading (still) or ordering (motion) imagery that meets your needs.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause anyone.
We ensure your message is delivered to its target audience on time and within budget. We can use your mailing list or assist you to locate a suitable list to reach your desired audience. From a simple address label to a major direct mail campaign using multiple formats, we can take your list, combine it with your finished project and distribute your complete package directly to its audience.
As a service to our DoD customers, we provide a searchable, automated DoD Visual Information facility information service. Service members may search this database for facilities to provide the VI services they need for mission accomplishment.
Air & Space Records
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) maintains the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft.
Pre-1982 VI Records
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offers the Archival Research Catalog (ARC), a searchable database of selected holdings.