Chief Of The Air Staff Visits The Home Of Military Intelligence Training
The RAF’s most senior officer met the latest graduates of Britain’s military intelligence school and paid tribute to the work they do in keeping top commanders informed during times of crisis.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton was speaking at a graduation ceremony for men and women from all three services at the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
DISC Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Lesley Clinton said: “The Centre is responsible for the training of the RAF’s Intelligence Analysts. It is where they learn the fundamentals of intelligence – including sources of intelligence, techniques for processing intelligence and report writing.
“In addition, students get an introduction to the worlds of imagery and communication, electronic warfare and electronic intelligence. We use state-of- the-art computers to train RAF personnel to analyse images and generate intelligence reports for national and NATO organisations.”
The Centre is one of the most striking military bases in the UK. It incorporates a 12th Century Priory, and during the Second World War was a Y station where German coded signals were intercepted before being sent to Bletchley Park for decryption.
Afterward touring the complex Sir Stephen said: “It has been a pleasure to attend the graduation ceremony of students from across the three Services at the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre today. I am very impressed by the quality of training and personnel; I offer my congratulations to today’s graduates"
“Training together like this is often the preferred way to provide the best value for money capability. Sailors, soldiers and airmen from this course will go on to contribute significantly to the provision of critical information to military and political decision-makers - especially regarding the precise application of air power - so vital in crises or periods of tension or conflict. “
DISC Commandant Colonel Nick Hubberstey said: “I was delighted CAS was able to attend the graduation ceremony which is an important event for our students. His presence and kind words have made the event much more memorable for them. The new graduates were able to discuss their course experiences and hopes for the future with the RAF’s most senior officer..”
Editor: Sqn Ldr Steve Priestnall
Photographs: Cpl Lynny Cash
Chief of Air Staff visits a classroom in Air Intelligence Wing shown by the course instructor of the Operational Air Intelligence Course (OPAIC).
Chief of Air Force signs the visitors book at Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Wing.
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