Directorate General of Forces Intelligence
Seal of Bangladesh Armed Forces
Flag of the Directorate Forces of Intelligence
|Formed||1977 ; 38 Years Ago|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Bangladesh|
|Headquarters||Dhaka Cantonment, Bangladesh|
|Motto||Watch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security|
|Directorate General of Forces Intelligence|
|Director General : Mohammed Akbar Hossain|
|Department : Intelligence|
|Established : 1972|
The Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) is the military intelligence service of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, which supplies the Bangladeshi Government with both national and foreign intelligence. DGFI is Operationally responsible for providing national security and intelligence informations to Bangladesh Government and Armed Forces. Although DGFI was formed as a Military Intelligence, over time It has established itself as the principal and Intelligence unit in Bangladesh alongside National Security Intelligence (NSI). DGFI operates jointly with it Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Bureau (CTIB).
The DGFI's primary role is to collect, collate, evaluate and disseminate all services strategical and topographical intelligence about Law and Order situation,armed forces and to ensure counter intelligence and security measures for Bangladesh Government and Bangladesh Armed Forces .
Although all defense information are kept classified by the Agency and Armed Forces, There are reports that DGFI had the largest budget in Bangladeshi intelligence community. The DGFI has been involved in most paramilitary operations as well as Counter-terrorism and Cyberwarfare.
DGFI is regarded as one of the most dreaded intelligence agency in the world due to its aggressive techniques. The Agency has received sheer criticism from Human Rights Watch for its brutal interrogation techniques, Targeted killing, Assassinations and its involvement with various militant outfits.
The Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) traces its origins to the formation of Directorate of Forces Intelligence (DFI) in 1972 by the 1st President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. DFI worked under the authority of ministry of defence. Group Captain K M Aminul Islam was the appointed the first Director General of DFI. It served as principal military intelligence of Bangladesh Armed Forces. On 24 August 1976 DFI was improved and rechristened as Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) by 7th President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman. The Headquarters of DGFI was originally located at Bailey Road, Dhaka and Captain K.M Aminul Islam was appointed as the first Director General of the agency. On 2 November 1972, the Agency was relocated at Dhaka Cantonment. In 1994, its organizational structure was reformed and which took effect on 8 March 1994.
DGFI Headquarters was permanently relocated inside a 14th Storied Tower near Rajanigantha Area inside Dhaka Cantonment in 2006. Current DGFI Director, Major General Mohammad Akbar Hossain is the 24th Director General of the Agency, since he took over his assignment on 10 March 2013 succeeding Major General Sheikh Mamun Khaled .
To collect, collate, evaluate and disseminate all services strategical and topographical intelligence about Law and Order situation,armed forces and to ensure counterintelligence and security measures for Bangladesh Government and Bangladesh Armed Forces .
According to its fiscal 2014 budget, the DGFI's top priorities are:
- Counter terrorism, the top priority.
- Counterintelligence, with India, Myanmar and Pakistan described as priority targets.
- Apprise Bangladeshi Government with important overseas events.
- Apprise Bangladeshi Government about any activities that threatens National security.
- Cyber Intelligence
- Military intelligence
- Joint Intelligence
- Air Intelligence
- Naval Intelligence
The DGFI recruits selective personnel from Bangladesh Armed Forces which includes Army, Air Force and Navy. The personnel undergo extensive intelligence training within country and abroad. DGFI holds a very close relation with CIA, MI6, New Zealand's GCSB and ISI and frequently holds joint exercises and operations. DGFI also has training camps in various cities across Bangladesh including Comilla, Cox's Bazar and Sylhet.
Only members of the Armed Forces are eligible to join the DGFI. The committee recruits the most efficient officers from the three branches of the Armed Forces. Apart from that, there are unofficial reports claiming DGFI employing more than 100,000 civilians as mole around the country.
The DGFI and its activities are highly classified and confidential to both Mass media and civilians. The functions and priorities of DGFI have changed throughout years based on country's political situations and foreign affairs. The primary function of DGFI is the collection of foreign military intelligence, however during recent times, the agency have extended its role economic, political and foreign intelligence. DGFI maintains active collaborations with few other secret services in various countries. Its close relation with , and shares intelligence with New Zealand's GCSB,Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI), India's RAW and CIA.
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