Mark Collins – Not Much Noticed: Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (plus HUMINT)

Further to this September 2013 post,

Canadian Forces Intelligence Consolidation

some recent information about our military’s intelligence side (distinct from the SIGINT Communications Security Establishment, a civilian agency under the same minister):

The federal government released departmental performance reports [for FY 2014-15] this week, including one for National Defence [see here]…

— A lot of public attention is paid to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s electronic spy agency, but not many people realize the Canadian military maintains a large defence intelligence system. Last year, it produced more than 5,000 reports, which it shared not only with the top brass but with government departments. The branch also spent $202.4 million in hopes of providing “credible, timely, and integrated analysis of defence intelligence issues.”..

There are 1,478 personnel–see “Sub-Sub-Program 1.3.2: Ongoing Defence Intelligence Operations”.  CSIS numbers by comparison:

A Unique Workplace
Our People

At the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, CSIS had over 3,000 full time employees…

And note this about the Intelligence Command:

Intelligence Collection

Joint Task Force X (JTF X) – JTF X provides strategic, operational and tactical human intelligence resources in support of DND/CAF programs and operations. JTF X is based at CFB Kingston, ON [cute, remember Camp X in Ontario during World War II? more here]…

No doubt engaging in HUMINT abroad where necessary.  Not very widely known.  But look at this this 2011 MERX contract notice:

The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for CF members to be instructed on Human Intelligence Training (HUMINT) recruiting methods and strategies…

The training curriculum includes but is not limited to:

a. DISC Personality Assessment of the primary training audience (PTA): understanding one’s own and other team members. Personality traits help build team cohesion and match handlers to sources\agents;
b. Neuro-Linguistic Communication: how to better communicate with others;
c. Crafting a Pitch (3p9©): designing and delivering a recruitment approach;
d. Socio-psychological Assessments: understanding an individual’s values and identifying how best to use those values in recruitment operations;
e. Psychology of influence and persuasion;
f. Changing mind theories; and
g. Risk management…


Canadian Forces in Intelligence Big Leagues (with document)?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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