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NATO Military Intelligence Committee Conference comes to a close 

Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The NATO Military Intelligence Committee (MIC) Conference, hosted by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command in Ottawa from 22-24 May, concluded yesterday.

The MIC Conference brought together the heads of military intelligence organizations from 29 NATO countries to discuss intelligence reforms aimed at improving support to Alliance planning, operations, and decision-making. The MIC is the principal advisory body to NATO’s Military Committee on defence intelligence issues.

The MIC is chaired by a nation’s chief of defence intelligence on one-year rotations and co-chaired by NATO’s senior intelligence leader, the Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security. Canada was appointed Chair in January 2018.

In line with the Government of Canada’s defence policy Strong Secure Engaged, as Chair of the Military Intelligence Committee, Canada holds a leadership role within NATO and is working with our allies to drive intelligence reforms that enable the Alliance to achieve accelerated decision-making in support of planning and operations.

Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, delivered the keynote address to the MIC at an evening event on May 23 at the Canadian War Museum.

“Timely and relevant intelligence is our single greatest tool in identifying and managing threats to our peace and security. The Military Intelligence Committee is fundamental to NATO’s efforts to promote peace and stability around the world. Canada is proud to be working with NATO countries to increase the speed, effectiveness, and quality of our intelligence to push the boundaries of what we can achieve together for our collective safety and security.” – Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“Intelligence is NATO’s first line of defence. The ability to effectively collect, analyze, and distribute relevant intelligence across the Alliance is fundamental to NATO’s success in meeting the challenges of an evolving threat environment. As the Military Intelligence Committee Chair, Canada will continue to drive intelligence reforms that increase the speed and effectiveness of intelligence reporting.” – Rear-Admiral Scott Bishop, Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and Chair, NATO Military Intelligence Committee

“In today’s globalized, hyper-connected, multipolar world, NATO must simultaneously monitor and assess a multitude of different threats: conventional military, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, hybrid warfare, cyber attacks and international terrorism to name but a few of the most difficult. The provision of relevant intelligence must match the frantic pace of change. The work done by the Military Intelligence Committee continues to advance and reform NATO intelligence to meet modern challenges.” – Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security

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