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New Defence Intelligence Group to pursue synergies

Defence is bringing together its intelligence capabilities under a single new Defence Intelligence Group (DIG) headed by a three-star officer to ensure the organisation is best positioned to support ADF operations and take advantage of emerging capabilities.
The new Group will include the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO), and critical intelligence components from across the ADF as well as the broader Department.
This new structure will align Defence intelligence management with the National Intelligence Community following the changes made after the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review.
“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,” said Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds CSC. “The independent Review found that stronger coordination was required to optimise the Defence intelligence capability and workforce for the future. 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.”
It also mirrors the defence intelligence architecture of other members of the Five Eyes intelligence partnership, which will enable Defence to engage more effectively with allies.
The inaugural three-star Chief of Defence Intelligence will be Major General Gavan Reynolds on promotion to Lieutenant General from 1 July.
The Chief of Defence Intelligence will assume a number of responsibilities including the training of the intelligence profession across the ADF and APS workforce, and the management of intelligence capability projects.

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