The Australian Intelligence Corps provides dedicated intelligence assessment and support to Army and Joint commanders; executes command of specialist intelligence and all-source teams to produce intelligence and counter intelligence; delivers psychological operations effects; and provides intelligence skills training to Army, Joint, Interagency partners and foreign nations to enable decision superiority, narrative development and capacity building.
Intelligence is the product of knowledge and understanding of the terrain, weather, activities, capabilities and intentions of an actual or potential threat or any other forces with which the Army is concerned. Intelligence is fundamental to the planning and conduct of operations through all dimensions of conflict as it allows the commander to gain control of the threat and mastery of the environment, consequently reducing risk. Intelligence also aims to protect our sensitive information and capabilities through the provision of Counterintelligence activity.
Australian Intelligence Corps personnel include Intelligence Officers; Analyst Intelligence Operations (AIO); Geospatial Technicians (GT); and Multi-Media Technicians (MMT), that serve in a range of positions and roles within the Australian Army inclusive of combat units; Special Operations Command; Brigade Headquarters; the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters; training units; Army Knowledge Group (AKG); the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters; and Army Headquarters. The Australian Intelligence Corps has a large number of personnel serving in the 1st Intelligence Battalion, 7th Signals Regiment and the Defence Force School of Intelligence. Australian Intelligence Corps personnel also serve within Headquarters Joint Operations Command and within key organisations within the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC), such as the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO), and the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO).
Australian Intelligence Corps has very strong links to the intelligence branches of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.
Australian Intelligence Corps personnel are employed in a range of specialist roles including:
- Combat intelligence – concerning the production of intelligence to support combat commanders and staff on operations
- Counterintelligence –primarily concerned with the protection of Army's personnel, information and equipment from foreign interference, from espionage, sabotage and subversion
- Geospatial Intelligence - intelligence derived from the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information about features and events, with reference to space and time. Geospatial Intelligence functions include geospatial data management; Geospatial Information Services (GIS); Imagery Intelligence collection and analysis specifically relating to Australian Army helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
- Multi-Media design and production – providing specialist multi-media and creative support to Army’s doctrine and training organisations; psychological operations; and enabling the graphical fusion of intelligence products across Army for commanders.
- All Source Analysis – involving the fusion of all available sources of information regarding a problem or operational area into coherent assessments for commanders
- Signals Intelligence – intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems such as communications systems, radars, and weapons systems
- Cyber Threat Intelligence – understanding and assessing the threats to Army networks and deployed information systems
- Human Intelligence – collecting information from human sources in the operating environment, including captured personnel
- Psychological Operations – planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their behaviour towards deployed military forces
- Exploitation Operations – concerning the legal exploitation of captured personnel, documents, weapons, media devices and materiel in the battlespace
The Australian Intelligence Corps was formed on 6 December 1907 and is one of the oldest Commonwealth Intelligence Corps. Australian Intelligence Corps has strong links to the Intelligence Corps (United Kingdom), the New Zealand Intelligence Corps, Canadian Army Intelligence, the Military Intelligence Branch of the United States Army, and the Intelligence Department of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Australian Intelligence Corps personnel have a proud heritage, serving in all ADF operations around the globe to the present in support of commanders providing vital insights on adversaries, the battlespace and protecting Australian service personnel.
The corps moto is “Forewarned Forearmed”