Intelligence Analyst

Civilian intelligence analysts working for the Department of National Defence (DND) play a crucial role in supporting national security in our country.

Intelligence analysts gather information from multiple sources (diplomatic reports, news wire services, media reports, specialist journals and sensitive intelligence materials) to prepare reports and briefings on international issues of significance to Canada. Their work is used not only by DND, but also by government officials in a variety of other departments and agencies.

This type of work requires a strong understanding of international relations, politics and government, economics, religion, history, and military strategy and tactics. Some of this is learned during training while other knowledge is acquired through post-secondary education and often, post-graduate education (Masters degree). Such knowledge is important in order for DND intelligence analysts to provide a relevant and comprehensive assessment of security issues.

Assessments made by DND intelligence analysts are used in decision making on Canada's international security interests and policies, and our intelligence analysts are frequently called upon to provide advice and consult with members of the Canadian intelligence community and allied intelligence agencies such as: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

DND Intelligence Analysts typically start in the Administrative Services (AS) group at a middle management level.

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