National Defence Marks the Establishment of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group

News Release / September 19, 2013 / Project number: NR - 13.283

OTTAWA – Major-General Christian Rousseau, commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, presided yesterday over a ceremony marking the creation of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group. This move unites five previously separate intelligence units under a single commander, and will provide integrated intelligence collection to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Defence intelligence is an integral part of military operations and activities,” said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “The establishment of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group will enable Canadian commanders to conduct a more integrated analysis, and make better and more informed decisions.

The five existing units that have been collected into the new command are the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre, the Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit, the Joint Meteorological Centre, the Mapping and Charting Establishment, and Joint Task Force X, which provides human intelligence support to overseas missions.

 “Placing our five intelligence collection units under a single commander will allow us to better integrate our activities,” said Major-General Rousseau.  “The new group will help synchronize and prioritize intelligence collection to the benefit of the whole defence community; a transformative and exciting change indeed.

With the stand-up of the Intelligence Group, the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command is now also operational. Established from and replacing the Chief of Defence Intelligence organization, this new command will allow for better coordination of intelligence across all Canadian Armed Forces operations.

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For additional information, please consult the following Backgrounder on the Establishment of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command.

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