The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has established a new group to strengthen its intelligence capabilities.
Named Defence Intelligence Group (DIG), the group will support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in its missions and operations.
DIG will include the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and other intelligence components across the ADF and broader DoD.
The group was established following an independent Review from the Defence Intelligence Enterprise.
Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “Rapid technological change and increasing investment in intelligence means it is more important than ever that our department and military intelligence functions are coordinated and aligned across the entire organisation.
“Our defence intelligence capability is world-class and informs Australian Government decisions on our defence and foreign policy, and military operations.
“The independent review found that stronger coordination was required to optimise the Defence intelligence capability and workforce for the future.”
Under the new structure, Defence intelligence management will align with the National Intelligence Community. Changes were made in the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review.
To be led by three-star Chief of Defence Intelligence, the defence intelligence architecture of the Five Eyes intelligence partnership will engage more effectively with allies.
Intelligence profession across the ADF and APS workforce will be managed by the Chief of Defence Intelligence.
The changes will optimise the use of intelligence capability and workforce, strengthening accountabilities and ensuring intelligence to support broader Defence reforms.
Reynolds added: “The establishment of a new Chief of Defence Intelligence supported by a new Intelligence Group will centralise intelligence functions and continue the journey of intelligence reform.
“These reforms will reinforce the central role of the intelligence enterprise as a critical capability rather than a strategic enabler.”