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The Defence Intelligence Organisation employs
a range of people with specialist capabilities,
including intelligence analysts who examine and
interpret information to draw meaningful conclusions
about a particular topic. Two people who work in this
area have kindly shared their workloads.
Ross – Head of the Global Operations Branch in DIO:
“I have been in DIO since 2005 when I joined the
organisation following a 32-year career as an infantry
officer in the Australian Army.
Under DIO’s mandate, the Global Operations
branch provides all-source assessment to support
the planning and conduct of ADF operations and
deployments including in Afghanistan, as well as strategic
policy and decision-making. Primary customers include
the Minister for Defence, Secretary, CDF, Chief of Joint
Operations and deployed forces.
During my Army career I deployed to the Middle-
East as a UN observer in the 1980s and later served
as the Chief of Operations and Plans in the Australian
National Headquarters during the planning and conduct
of Operations Falconer and Bastille in 2003. These
deployments spurred an interest in Middle-Eastern
affairs which led me to pursue a career in the intelligence
community. In addition, my previous command and joint
appointments in the ADF were a perfect fit for me to
join DIO. At the time DIO was becoming increasingly
focused on supporting joint operations and I had a
deep understanding of the sort of intelligence support
It’s a fantastic job because each and every day
brings new challenges. We are providing intelligence
assessments that are helping the government and
the senior Defence leadership make the best possible
decisions and at the same time we’re helping our
deployed forces achieve their missions and keep our
troops safe. This is what really motivates us. Plus we are
working with great people who are working together to
achieve this shared goal.”
David – team leader within DIO:
“I joined Defence in 2003 through the Graduate
Development Program and have been at DIO since early
2006 following employment in the CFO and CIO Groups.
My team works closely with BRIG Gillian’s personnel
in Intelligence Branch to support a number of ADF
deployments. Our work directly supports operational
planners, deployed personnel and strategic decision-makers.
I’ve always had an interest in strategic issues
and working in DIO has been an ambition since joining
Defence. Working in DIO allows me to operate at the
forefront of issues affecting Australia’s security with an
immediate and visible impact on Defence and Government
decision-making. I also enjoy working with a lot of other
highly-motivated and highly-competent people and in an
environment that requires engagement across Defence
Regardless of the size of an ADF
deployment, understanding the threat
environment for a small mission such as Darfur
is as necessary as for larger operations such
as Afghanistan. Commanders need high quality
intelligence to help protect our soldiers, sailors
and airmen and women, wherever they are.
BRIG Gillian also said a question mark can
remain over some forms of intelligence until a
corroborating report comes to light. This may in
turn be used to inform capability development
processes and not necessarily drive immediate
responses in an area of operation.
“We’re the heard but not often seen part
of Defence, but it is all for good reason,” BRIG
The Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) is an intelligence assessment agency
that provides services and advice at the national level. Its mandate is to support Defence
and Government decision-making and assist with the planning and conduct of Australian
Defence Force operations. DIO is located in Canberra and is one of the organisations within
the Intelligence, Security and International Policy Group in the Department of Defence.
DIO is responsible for assessing military intelligence that focuses on global security
activity, terrorism, defence economics, military capabilities, and science and technology
that has military applications.
DIO’s intelligence product and services help inform its customers on military activities
at home and abroad, defence acquisition processes, force readiness decisions, strategic
policy, foreign relations and defence scientific developments.
HMAS Manoora as viewed from sister ship HMAS
Kanimbla during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo:
ABPH Jo Dilorenzo
LAC Glen Pertzel, a Royal Australian
Air force AP-3C Orion detachment
member at work in Afghanistan with the
Surveillance and Response Group.
Photo: ABPH Bradley Darvill
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