Our Intelligence Analysts help the Australian Government and Australian Defence Force stay on top of threats by following foreign military, political, social and cultural developments that affect another country's ability to wage war or to threaten regional or international stability.
Their task is to study and evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as satellite surveillance, foreign newspapers and broadcasts, social media and human contacts. This information can often be incomplete, contradictory and vary widely in terms of reliability. The analyst's role is to identify relationships, expose indicators and filter factual evidence to develop meaningful and usable intelligence assessments. It requires objective and creative approaches to thinking, continuous in-depth research, the questioning of information to confirm truths and probabilities, and the scrutiny of foreign developments to recognise trends and patterns. Once a conclusion about the information has been formed, an assessment is made which is then presented to customers so they can make informed decisions based on our findings and insights.
At present we are providing intelligence assessments that directly support ADF deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor. We are also supporting strategic policy makers and future force planners.