What is a Stay-Behind Operation?

Introduction In a stay-behind operation, a country places secret operatives or organisations in its own territory, for use in case an enemy occupies that territory. If this occurs, the operatives would then form the basis of a resistance movement or act as spies from behind enemy lines. Small-scale operations may cover discrete areas, but larger… Read More


What is Low-Intensity Conflict?

Introduction A low-intensity conflict (LIC) is a military conflict, usually localised, between two or more state or non-state groups which is below the intensity of conventional war. It involves the state’s use of military forces applied selectively and with restraint to enforce compliance with its policies or objectives. The term can be used to describe… Read More

A Brief Overview of Military Intelligence

Introduction “Intelligence is crucial to the development of understanding” (MOD, 2011, p1-1). Military intelligence, also known as Defence intelligence, is a military discipline that uses information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions. Military intelligence includes information on other countries’ military forces, plans, and operations gained… Read More

What is the Central Security Service (US)?

Introduction The Central Security Service (CSS) is a combat support agency of the United States Department of Defence which was established in 1972 to integrate the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Service Cryptologic Components (SCC) of the US Armed Forces in the field of signals intelligence, cryptology, and information assurance at the tactical level.… Read More

What is the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (US)?

Introduction The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a combat support agency within the United States Department of Defence whose primary mission is collecting, analysing, and distributing geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in support of national security. Initially known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) from 1996 to 2003, it is a member of the United… Read More

What is the Defence Intelligence Agency (US)?

Introduction The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is an intelligence agency and combat support agency of the United States Department of Defence, specialising in defence and military intelligence. A component of the Department of Defence (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC), DIA informs national civilian and defence policymakers about the military intentions and capabilities of foreign… Read More

What is the Young Officer (Tactical ISTAR) Course?

Aim of the Course To train train selected offices to carry out the duties of a troop commander within Surveillance Target Acquisition (STA) or Mini Unmanned Air System (MUAS) Regiment. Facilitated by IDT(A). Entry Standards Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant (OF-1). IELTS Level 5.5. Duration Eight (8) weeks, with three (3) courses per year. Location Royal… Read More