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Annual Report 2014–15

Volume 1, Part 2 : Performance

Programme 1.5
Intelligence Capabilities

The Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security, Mr Stephen Meekin, oversees the activities of the three Defence intelligence agencies—the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, the Defence Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Signals Directorate—and (up to 30 June 2015), the Defence Security Authority, including the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency.

Throughout 2014–15, the Intelligence and Security Group delivered timely intelligence in support of Defence and, more widely, government. The year provided a number of challenges and opportunities and saw the Group meet the majority of its key programme deliverables.

The Group continued to work within Defence and with other government agencies to identify and address the major impediments to implementing effective cyber security. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) worked to ensure Australia is both protected against emerging cyber threats and adequately positioned to meet the Government’s requirement to implement ASD’s ‘Top 4’ Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions. Further information is available online at www.asd.gov.au.

In October 2014, ASD’s cyber security function relocated to the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The centre provides a hub for greater collaboration and information sharing with government and the private sector to raise awareness of the cyber threat and minimise the risks surrounding the adoption of new technologies and services.

Intelligence and Security Group agencies played a crucial role following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 in Ukraine, providing intelligence support to Operation Hawick in the months that followed the incident. The Defence Intelligence Organisation briefed the Prime Minister and National Security Committee of Cabinet on military considerations throughout the crisis, and deployed one of its analysts to play a key role in the provision of intelligence to the Prime Minister’s Special Representative in Kyiv. The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation provided timely geospatial intelligence support to Defence, other government agencies, and Australian Federal Police investigators deployed to Ukraine to assist multinational response efforts.

The Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) continued to advance reforms and quality enhancements for its internal and external customers, but noted difficulty in meeting the increased demand across all clearance levels. The Australian National Audit Office delivered its review, entitled Central Administration of Security Vetting, and AGSVA has begun to implement the review’s recommendations.

The Group worked closely with partner agencies to ensure all intelligence and security activity was compliant with relevant legislation, particularly the Intelligence Services Act 2001. The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security maintained oversight of Group agencies, assisted with compliance training and support, and provided submissions to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

The Group continued to provide significant contributions to ADF deployments, particularly in Iraq and ADF exercises. It continued expanding strong intelligence relationships with international and security partners, with intelligence and security collection, analysis, capability and tradecraft exchanges strongly valued by allies and partners.

Table 3.16: Programme 1.5 deliverables

Deliverable

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

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Partially met

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Not met

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Provide timely, accurate and high-quality intelligence and security support in accordance with government priorities to support the ADF, policy and wider security operations.

Status Substantially Met • •

The Group provided timely, accurate and high-quality intelligence and policy advice to meet the Government’s priorities to support ADF, police and wider security operations. During 2014–15, the Group supported the ADF and allied operations, principally in the Middle East and the Asia–Pacific region. The Group reallocated resources to support the increased deployment of ADF elements to the Middle East and in response to the downing of MH17.

Deliver enhanced capabilities to better exploit next generation technologies, improve intelligence assessment, and enhance the security of the Government’s information.

Status Substantially Met • •

In October 2014, ASD’s cyber security function relocated from ASD’s headquarters in Russell Offices to the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The centre provides a hub for greater collaboration and information sharing with government and the private sector to raise awareness of the cyber threat and minimise the security risks surrounding the adoption of new technologies and services.

Provide advice and assistance to the Government on the security and integrity of electronic information, cryptography and communications technology.

Status Met • • •

Meet AGSVA key performance results as specified in the agency’s Service Level Charter.

• • • Status Not Met

One performance indicator was not met. Three of four indicators were unmeasurable and as such these indicators are under review.

Strengthen the management framework of the AGSVA.

Status Substantially Met • •

The AGSVA restructured its management framework in October 2014 and ongoing issues are being managed.

Provide management and strategic direction for Defence’s foreign language capability.

Status Met • • •

Ensure the effectiveness of the intelligence and security governance and compliance framework.

Status Met • • •

Strengthen the workforce through targeted recruitment, retention and training initiatives.

• • Status Partially Met

Renewal and expansion to meet the Group’s allocated
full-time equivalent positions is continuing. Retention initiatives are being developed and high investment in training continues.

Ensure effective and efficient transfer of expertise, capabilities and intelligence across key international partnerships, and strengthen collaboration with national agencies.

Status Met • • •

Contribute to reform outcomes.

Status Met • • •

Table 3.17: Programme 1.5 key performance indicators

Key performance indicator

Status

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Key

Met

• • •

Substantially met

• •

Partially met

• •

Not met

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Deliver intelligence and security services to meet Defence and government requirements.

Status Met • • •

Develop next generation intelligence, geospatial and security assessment capabilities, including Geoint, Sigint and Cyber.

Status Met • • •

Strengthen the approach to security across Defence and government.

Status Met • • •

Deliver strategic guidance and management support to meet Defence’s foreign language requirements.

Status Met • • •

Achieve best practice in governance and compliance.

Status Met • • •

Ensure that the intelligence and security workforce is developed and skilled.

Status Met • • •

Deliver intelligence capability dividends through international and national partnerships.

Status Met • • •