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Outcome Six: Intelligence

Capability Performance Information

Output 6.1 Intelligence

This output maintains an intelligence capability to inform Government policy and planning, to support the planning and conduct of ADF operations, and to underpin the development of future ADF capability. It conducts intelligence operations, maintains intelligence capabilities and provides analysis in order to provide a range of timely intelligence products to Defence and to other government departments and agencies.

Performance Targets Performance
Provide quality intelligence products and services. Substantially Achieved. The Intelligence and Security Group continued to provide high-level support to Defence and to satisfy the bulk of the Australian Government's high-priority intelligence requirements, with a particular focus on the challenges presented by regional terrorist organisations. The Group's work on regional terrorist groups has led to some success in reducing the threat they pose to Australian and allied interests.
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.
The Defence Signals Directorate maintained its important role in protection of Australian official communications and information systems, providing information security advice and services to a range of Australian Government departments and agencies.
Ensure effective and sustainable intelligence support for the planning and conduct of ADF operations and for decision makers. Substantially Achieved. The Group maintained high-level support to the planning and conduct of ADF operations during the year, specifically support to operations in Iraq and the ongoing deployments in East Timor and the Solomon Islands, while continuing to direct resources to meet the high-priority intelligence requirements of the Government. The Defence intelligence agencies continue to build capacity to respond to the continuing high operational tempo of military operations.
Maintain and develop first rate defence intelligence and geospatial information capabilities. Substantially Achieved . The Defence Signals Directorate deployed new capabilities developed under a number of Defence major capital equipment projects, further increasing its abilities to meet high priority intelligence requirements. These projects will deliver further capability enhancements in the future.
Shortcomings in the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation, highlighted in 2003-04, were remedied with the successful move of the organisation's people and systems into newly refurbished accommodation in Russell Offices Building R4 while maintaining a high operational tempo. Capabilities will be enhanced with the building of a new secure facility in Bendigo to house the Geospatial Analysis Centre.
Maintain the knowledge edge by exploiting new technology. Partially Achieved. The Group has continued to develop and acquire new technologies to maintain its collection, processing and dissemination capabilities in support of intelligence customers.
Strengthen the intelligence contribution to the United States alliance, and to relationships with other intelligence partners. Substantially Achieved. The Group is successfully building on its intelligence relationships with the United States and other traditional partners; the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. These relationships are developing on a number of fronts in response to challenges such as terrorism and counter proliferation.
Improve investment and capability planning, accountability and resource and security management. Substantially Achieved. The lack of central direction in the management of the Group's investment and capability planning and resource management, identified in Mr Flood's report, has been addressed as outlined in the overview above. The Group continues to contribute to Defence planning and reporting processes, including organisational performance agreements, the Defence Management and Finance Plan, and monthly reporting to the Defence Committee.
Develop motivated, adaptable and skilled teams of highly competent professionals. Substantially Achieved. Increased recruitment efforts and substantial investment in workforce training to meet current and future demands were made this year. Both the Defence Signals Directorate and the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation ran dedicated graduate recruitment programs in 2004-05. The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation also commenced a traineeship program to recruit geospatial analysts for the Geospatial Analysis Centre in Bendigo. The Defence Intelligence Organisation continues to be a strong supporter of the Defence Graduate Development Program 1


  1. Refer to the Graduate Development Program section of Chapter Three - People.
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