SORT: 5210.78

DOCI: DODD 5210.78

DATE: 19910918

TITL: DODD 5210.78 Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (DoDPI), September

18, 1991, ASD(C3I)

Refs:(a) DoD Directive 5210.78, subject as above, October 17, 1986 (hereby


(b) DoD Directive 521O.48, "DoD Polygraph Program," December 24, 1984

(c) DoD 5025.1-M, "DoD Directives System Procedures," December 1990,

authorized by DoD Directive 5025.1, December 23, 1988

(d) DoD 5210.48-R, "Department of Defense Polygraph Program," January

1985, authorized by reference (b)


This Directive:

1. Reissues reference (a) to update policy and responsibilities and

clarify the DoDPI mission as an educational and research facility

supporting the DoD Polygraph Program (reference (b)).

2. Designates the Secretary of the Army to provide support to the DoDPI.

3. Authorizes various DoD technical publications on psychophysiological

detection of deception (PDD) and related areas by the DoDPI, subject to

reference (c) and the approval of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for

Command, Control, Communication, and Intelligence (ASD(C3I)).


This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the

Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the

Joint Staff, the Unified and Specified.  Commands, and the Defense Agencies(hereafter referred to collectively as "the DoD Components").


1. The DoDPI is an organization of higher education and provides a DoD-

certified Program of Instruction (POI) in basic and advanced PDD, conducts

PDD research, and offers instruction and research advisory service to the

DoD Components.  The

instructors (researchers) employed by the DoDPI will maintain a high level

of proficiency in technical and instructional skills and be engaged in

ongoing programs of research.

2. It is the policy of the DoDPI that its POI is maintained at an optimal

level of proficiency.  Its courses of instruction shall be uniform and

current and shall make use of the most advanced and effective PDD research


3. As student billets become available, the DoDPI may support other

Federal law enforcement agencies.  It may also support, on a reimbursable

basis, State and local law enforcement agencies.


1. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communication,

and Intelligence shall:

a.  Have authority, direction, and control of the DoDPI.

b.  Serve as reviewing and final approval authority for the POI and

research programs to ensure that the programs are based on DoD policy


c.  Establish procedures for admission of non-Federal Agency personnel to

the DoDPI.

d.  Assess the DoD Components' use of advanced training courses other than

those provided by the DoDPI to ensure that the courses satisfy the DoD's

policies and objectives.

e.  Establish and chair a DoDPI Advisory Committee consisting of the DoD

Component Polygraph Program Managers.  The committee shall meet at least

annually to discuss, plan, and review, and otherwise advise the Director,

DoDPI on the POI, ongoing education programs, training and research

programs, and other matters pertinent to the effective operation of the

DoDPI. The Director of the DoDPI shall establish the agenda after

consulting with the ASD(C3I) and the DoD Component Polygraph Program

Managers.  Non-DoD Federal Agencies using the DoDPI may provide

recommendations on oversight and POI matters to the ASD(C3I), and heads of

non-DoD Federal polygraph programs may serve as associate members of the

Advisory Committee at the discretion of the committee Chair.

f.  The Heads of the DoD Components with polygraph programs shall:

(1) Make available to the DoDPI pertinent PDD-related materials, records,

case files, and quality control procedures as required by the DoDPI to

accomplish its mission.

(2) Use the DoDPI exclusively for basic PDD education and training, and

use the DoDPI as necessary for advanced PDD education and training.

(3) Sponsor and support PDD research at the DoDPI when required.

(4) Advise the ASD(C3I) of courses used for advanced PDD training other

than those provided by the DoDPI.

2. The Secretary of the Army shall:

a.  Provide and maintain facilities for operating the DoDPI.

b.  Provide administrative, logistical, and special funding support.

c.  Include the annual budget of the DoDPI, as developed in consultation

with the ASD(C3I), as a separate line item in the Department of the Army

Budget and Financial Plan.

d.  Provide personnel for practical exercises and for research purposes,

to include paid examinees from local universities and communities as

clinical and research requirements dictate.


This Directive is effective immediately.

Donald J. Atwood Deputy Secretary of Defense