Timely, concise and accurate intelligence
The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. - Thomas Berger Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are. - George Santayana You have never really lived until you've done something for someone who can never repay you. - Unknown There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he's absolutely free to choose. - Bern Williams What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. - Rene Descartes

About Us

The Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) was established in 1990 as the Australian Government's source of expertise for matters relating to global security, weapons of mass destruction, foreign military capabilities, defence economics and transnational terrorism.

Our mission is to provide the best intelligence possible to the intelligence consumer – whether Defence Minister, government policy-maker or battlefield commander. The intelligence and advice we provide supports the planning and conduct of ADF operations, defence capability and policy development, and wider government planning and decision-making on Defence and national security issues. We also provide specialist advice to support whole-of-government strategies, such as countering proliferation and combating terrorism.

To achieve this mission, we provide timely and independent intelligence assessments on countries and foreign organisations relevant to Australia's security and strategic environment. This includes military capabilities, weapons systems, cyber threats and defence-related technologies.

Our work is enhanced through collaboration with the National Intelligence Community and the national intelligence and security agencies of Australia’s allies.

Director DIO described the challenge in a 2012 interview, DIO at the forefront (Defence Magazine, 2012), supported by an analyst's perspective, Critical thinking in national security (Defence Magazine, 2012) and a liaison officer's perspective, One Defence (Defence Magazine, 2012).