Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service

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The Military Intelligence and Security Service (Dutch: Militaire Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst, MIVD) is the military intelligence service of the Netherlands. It was formerly known as the Militaire Inlichtingendienst (MID) and received its current name in 2002. The MIVD is part of the Ministry of Defence.[1]


The forerunner of all intelligence services in the Netherlands was the GS III, which was created shortly before World War I. This service later (after WW II) became the LAMID (Army Intelligence Service). In 1986, the Government of the Netherlands started a reform of all (Navy, Army and Air Force) military intelligence and security services. The MID (Military Intelligence Service) was formed. In 1989 and 1990 the existing branches (Navy, Army, Air Force, General Intelligence) of the MID were united to make the service stronger. After that reform the single military intelligence service was renamed Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) in 2002, with more focus on challenges the 21st century would present.


  • Collecting information on potential and military forces in other countries;
  • Collecting information on areas where Dutch troops may be stationed, notably on peace keeping missions;
  • Investigating problems involving officers of the Royal Netherlands Army;
  • Collecting information to prevent any harm to the Army;
  • Counter-terrorism and counter-espionage;
  • Other military subjects as determined by the Government.

Oversight and accountability[edit]

The Minister of Defence is politically responsible for the MIVD. Oversight is provided by two bodies:

  • The Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services (Dutch: Commissie voor de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten, CIVD), comprising the faction leaders of the major political parties represented in the House of Representatives.[2]
  • An Oversight Committee (Dutch: Commissie van Toezicht op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten, CTIVD) appointed by the House of Representatives.[3]

The service is, like other intelligence services in the Netherlands, governed by the Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten 2002 (Law on the Intelligence and Security Services 2002).[1]

  • To honorably discharge active agents with an outstanding track record and give them two off the record help/wishes (not much is known about this and what it entails).


  1. ^ a b Jaarverslag Militaire Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst 2013 (PDF). The Hague: Ministerie van Defensie. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-16. (online pdf here: https://www.docdroid.net/nI09Akp/jaarverslag-militaire-inlichtingen-en-veiligheidsdienst-2013.pdf)
  2. ^ "Niet alle partijen meer in 'commissie stiekem'". www.telegraaf.nl (in Dutch). 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ Veiligheidsdiensten, Commissie van Toezicht op de Inlichtingen- en (2015-02-25). "Over CTIVD". www.ctivd.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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