Spanish Armed Forces Intelligence Center

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Spanish Armed Forces Intelligence Center
Centro de Inteligencia de las Fuerzas Armadas
Coat of Arms of the Spanish Armed Forces Intelligence Centre.svg
Coat of Arms of the CIFAS
Country Spain
BranchCoat of Arms of the Spanish Defence Staff-EMAD.svg Defence Staff
TypeMilitary intelligence agency
Garrison/HQRetamares Base, Madrid
WebsiteOfficial website
DG Francisco Rosaleny Pardo de Santayana

The Armed Forces Intelligence Center (Spanish: Centro de Inteligencia de las Fuerzas Armadas (CIFAS)) is a Spanish intelligence agency dependent of the Defense Staff (EMAD). It has the function of providing JEMAD, the Ministry of Defense and the President of the Government with information on risk situations and crises from abroad. In his charge is a Head with rank of General.[1]

It is a unique and joint body of the Armed Forces of Spain in matters of military intelligence, it controls the systems of intelligence and electronic warfare, maintaining the intelligence centers of the Army, Navy and Air Force, functional dependence on the CIFAS. Founded in 2004, it replaces the former Intelligence Division of the Defense Staff.


  • Provide the Chiefs of Staff of the Armies with information for the development of their functions in peacetime missions.
  • Provide the Chief of Defense Staff (JEMAD) with the necessary military intelligence for the direction of operations and the design of the strategy.
  • Coordinate his task with the General Staff of Defense and its Headquarters.
  • To be a complementary military intelligence body of the National Intelligence Center, with whom it is coordinated through the Joint Military Intelligence Plan.
  • Collaborate with the intelligence structures of the international organizations of which Spain is a part and with those of the Allied countries.[2]