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1st Intelligence Battalion

The 1st Intelligence Battalion is a specialist intelligence unit with unique collection, influence and analysis capabilities in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The 1st Intelligence Battalion is part of the 6th Combat Support Brigade.

The motto of 1st Intelligence Battalion is 'Periculum aliis arcete' - Latin for 'Keeping others from danger', and aims to provide specialist intelligence operators, teams and detachments to support ADF commanders in all operating environments.

The unit maintains a range of specialised human intelligence; information operations; materiel and personnel exploitation; all source intelligence fusion; and geospatial intelligence capabilities.

Some members of the unit are specially selected for their unique roles within the ADF Human Intelligence Program.

The 1st Intelligence Battalion comprises principally members from the Australian Army, but also includes selected members of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force.  

The 1st Intelligence Battalion is the largest intelligence unit within the ADF and has a mass of intelligence collectors, analysts, geospatial technicians, and multi-media technicians.

The 1st Intelligence Battalion, formed in 1999, traces its history from Australian Intelligence Corps units and organisations formed prior to the Vietnam War, with a legacy to 1st Division and 2nd Division Intelligence Companies; and the Australian Psychological Operations Group (Vietnam). The unit also has a rich heritage from the Royal Australian Survey Corps, Topographical support units from World War I and the now retired 1st Topographical Survey Squadron.  

The 1st Intelligence Battalion has provided individuals and specialist teams to support all operational theatres of the ADF since 1999 to the present.

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Last updated
13 December 2017
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