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

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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

UK HUMINT Badges Reduced

At the 360th meeting of the British Army Dress Committee, in February 2020, it was decided to reduce the number of badges from two (2) to one (1). The Committee decided to retain the yellow trident within the kite to indicate HUMINT Operator. The qualification badge is to be worn on the left forearm above… Read More

What was the Office of Strategic Services?

Introduction The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was a wartime intelligence agency of the United States during World War II, and a predecessor to the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The OSS was formed as an agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) to… Read More