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Outcome Six: Intelligence

Capability Performance Information

Output 6.1 Intelligence


  Performance Targets Performance
Quality Provide quality intelligence products and services. Substantially Achieved. A wide range of intelligence products and services were provided to customers in Defence and other departments and agencies. These included intelligence assessments and reports, signals analysis, imagery analysis and geospatial products and reports, and communications and information security services. The Group was active in broadening the customer base for intelligence, and the electronic distribution of its products was widened to better suit the needs of its customers.
The Group continued to provide a high-level of support to the Australian Government's response to the challenges presented by regional terrorist organisations. Improved understanding of regional terrorist organisations has led to some significant success in stemming the threats to Australian and allied interests posed by these terrorist groups.
The Group consistently received positive feedback on accuracy, timeliness and relevance of its products.
The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation's capacity to support domestic counter-terrorism forces, law enforcement agencies and emergency response activity is being enhanced as part of the Government's critical infrastructure protection initiative.
While the threats posed to Australia's national interests by regional terrorist groups were a particular focus, the Group also continued to support the Government's many other high-priority intelligence requirements.
Ensure effective and sustainable intelligence support for the planning and conduct of ADF operations and for decision makers. Substantially Achieved. Good intelligence support was provided for ADF operations conducted during the year. Nevertheless, the high tempo of ADF operations and subsequent requirement for intelligence support constrained the level of effort available for supporting ADF contingency planning. Significant cooperation with close intelligence allies is essential for support to most current and contingent ADF operations.
Maintain and develop first rate defence intelligence and geospatial information capabilities. Substantially Achieved. The Defence intelligence program continued to satisfy the bulk of higher priority intelligence requirements. Some current shortcomings will be remedied in 2004-05 as a number of major capital equipment projects come to maturity. In line with these capability enhancements, so too has the workforce expanded. Russell Offices Building R4 has been refitted to accommodate the increased capabilities of the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation as it continues to grow and invest in new technologies.
The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation's capabilities in Bendigo will be enhanced over the next three years following a comprehensive review of the work being undertaken at the Fortuna complex.
Maintain the knowledge edge by exploiting new technology. Partially Achieved. The Group has continued to develop and acquire new technologies in order to maintain the knowledge edge. Continued technological advances in a range of areas, including signals intelligence, imagery intelligence and geospatial services, and processing and dissemination, have increased the Group's ability to support intelligence customers.
Strengthen the intelligence contribution to the United States alliance, and to relationships with other intelligence partners. Substantially Achieved. The strength of the intelligence relationship with the United States is one of the cornerstones of the overall Australian/United States alliance. The Group continued to explore new ways of contributing to this and other traditional relationships, and to develop new relationships, particularly in pursuit of terrorist targets. This was achieved during the year through collaboration and burden sharing in the introduction of new capabilities, as well as through the exchange of intelligence product, high-level liaison, good working relationships and improved communications and connectivity.
Improve investment and capability planning, accountability and resource and security management. Partially Achieved. The Group continued its contribution to Defence planning and reporting processes, including the balanced scorecard, charter letters, the Defence Management and Finance Plan, and monthly reporting to the Defence Committee. The lack of central direction in the management of the Group's investment and capability planning and resource management was identified in Mr Flood's report, and steps are being taken to strengthen these areas. Improved management of the security function has been achieved through the adoption of measures recommended by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security including, for the first time, commonality in access control measures.
Ensure processes and systems are effective and continuously improving. Partially Achieved. The Group recognises that the development and modernisation of the information technology and information management environments is essential for ensuring the continued delivery of intelligence and capability outputs into the future. A new Directorate of Business Information Management has been established within the Defence Intelligence Organisation to examine and improve business processes, and plans are being developed to reinvigorate collection management.
Develop motivated, adaptable and skilled teams of highly competent professionals. Substantially Achieved. Notwithstanding the issues created by the mobility of intelligence analysts between agencies, the Defence agencies continued to develop as centres of excellence and to invest in measures to raise, train and sustain skilled teams of highly competent analysts.
Both the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation ran dedicated graduate recruitment programs in 2003-04 to attract and train technologists and intelligence analysts. This year, in response to operational requirements and increases in the intelligence capability investment program, more than 60 graduates were recruited and trained.

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