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Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency
Agency overview
Formed 1945
Dissolved 1962
Employees (members) Army's director of intelligence

Chief of Naval Intelligence
Air Staff-2 assistant chief
Department of State representative

The Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) was the organization directly responsible for Operation Paperclip, a program to bring German scientists to the United States at the end of World War II. The JIOA was established in 1945 as a subcommittee of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. It was composed of one representative of each member agency of the JIC, and an operational staff of military intelligence officers from the different military services. Among the JIOA's duties were administering the Paperclip program's policies and procedures, compiling dossiers, and serving as liaison to British intelligence officers operating a similar project. It was also responsible for collecting, declassifying, and distributing Combined Intelligence Objectives Subcommittee (CIOS) and other technical intelligence reports on German science and industry. In addition, the JIOA took over many of the activities of CIOS when that organization was terminated. The JIOA was disbanded in 1962.

The JIOA maintained personnel dossiers on over 1,500 German and other foreign scientists, technicians and engineers. Among the Paperclip dossiers were those on Magnus von Braun (JIOA dossier RG 330, INSCOM dossier C3001437),[1] Georg Rickhey, Arthur Rudolph, and Walter Schreiber.

Eventually most of the dossiers were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).[2] The dossier on von Braun was not among those transferred to NARA, and thus NARA does not make that dossier available to the public.[2]


  1. ^ Hunt, Linda (1991). Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi Scientists, and Project Paperclip, 1945 to 1990. New York: St.Martin's Press. pp. 45,53,279,281. ISBN 0312055102.  
  2. ^ a b "Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency". U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  


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