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      Director of Intelligence

Brigadier General (U) Mohd Sharif bin Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim joined the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in February 1993 and was later commissioned in February 1994 after completing Initial Officer Training at the Royal Air Force (RAF) College, Cranwell in the United Kingdom. He later became one of the first few qualified pilots on the CASA CN235 after completing basic flying training with the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) and multi-engine flying training at RAF Cranwell. In 1999 he completed the Flying Instructor’s Course with the Republic of Singapore Air Force and returned to instruct on the CASA CN235 and the Pilatus PC7 MkII.  

Career highlights have been as the first Commanding Officer of the Officer Cadet School (OCS), Defence Academy, Programme Manager at the Centre of Science and Technology Research and Development (CSTRAD) and as the RBAF’s first Defence Attaché in Washington D.C., USA. On return to Brunei he took up the post of Commander Operations Group, RBAirF. Prior to taking up his current post in March 2018, he served as Deputy Commander, RBAirF.

Staff training has included the Royal New Zealand Air Force Junior Staff Course in 2001, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK in 2008, the National Defence College in New Delhi, India in 2014 and the Higher Defence Course in Spain in 2016. During his time in Shrivenham and New Delhi, he took the opportunity to complete an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London and an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University respectively.

He is married to Noraidah and they have two sons. Sharif enjoys keeping fit and taking part in triathlons.



The Directorate of Intelligence is one of the three military Directorates within the Ministry of Defence alongside Personnel and Logistics.  Prior to July 2012, this directorate was also responsible to oversee matters of Security before that function was handed over to the Defence Security Branch, Directorate of Strategic Planning/The Defence Minister’s Office.


The Directorate’s vision is to provide superior intelligence that would ensure success and effectiveness of any operations.  In relations to this, the Directorate’s mission is to enhance strategic military intelligence capability of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.


The Directorate of Intelligence has four (4) major roles, which are:    

a.    Provide intelligence services in a timely and accurate manner;

b.    To provide strategic and operational military threat assessment for the  country, MINDEF and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF);

c.    As a point of contact for all kinds of interactions between the MINDEF and foreign defence organizations as well as foreign missions in Brunei Darussalam;

d.    To produce and oversee the implementatoin of intelligence and training policies for MINDEF and RBAF personnel.


Roles and Responsibilities

In supporting the directorate’s vision, mission and roles, the four branches within the directorate are tasked with roles and ressponsibilities as shown.

Intelligence and Operations

The Intelligence and Operations branch is responsible in:

a.    Acting as the information manager, to manage the collection of data and information to support and assist research tasks and security operations;

b.   Coordinating intelligence activities;  

c.    Updating the Joint Intelligence Doctrine;

d.  Overseeing the execution of roles by units and sections under the Intelligence Branch which are the Imagery Cell, Mapping Cell, Intelligence Information System Cell and the Intelligence Operations Cell.


The Research branch’s major roles are undertaking research on defence and strategic issues, responding to information requirements from top echelons, and updating the Directorate of Intelligence information database.

Foreign Military Liaison/Defence Attaches

With regards to the Foreign Military Liaison Branch, its main roles and responsibilities include:

a.    Acting as the focal point for corespondence and communications by foreign military organizations with MINDEF and RBAF;

b.    Planning, coordinating and organising visits by senior foreign military leaders for the Commander of RBAF;

c.    The branch also oversees the administrative functions of the offices of the Defense Attaches and Defence Advisers of Brunei Darussalam abroad.

Brunei Darussalam has placed Defence Attaches/Advisors in nine (9) countries which are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, the US and Thailand.

Intelligence Training Wing

Intelligence Training Wing is responsible in designing, planning and executing training programmes in order to:

a.    Fulfill MINDEF and RBAFs requirement of sufficiently trained intelligence operatives;

b.    Maintaing acceptable standard of intelligence personnel


Defence Diplomacy and Cooperation.

The Directorate of Intelligence also contributes to the defence diplomacy and cooperation efforts at the regional and international levels.  These are through its participations in meetings and gatherings such as the ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Meeting (AMIIM) and the Asia Pacific Intelligence Chiefs Conference (APICC). The Directorate of Intelligence Is also an active participant in the ASEAN Militaries Analysts-to-Analysts Intelligence Exchange (AMAAIE) in Manila, Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia respectively. It hosted AMAAIE just recently in May 2015 in Brunei Darussalam. Interactions from these Meetings are regarded as important platforms for confidence building and enhancing cooperation and military relations between countries.

Recently, the Directorate of Intelligence, together with United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) had co-chaired the 8th APICC, held in Negara Brunei Darussalam, for the first time, from 6th September until 9th September 2015.  The conference hosted participants from twenty five (25) countries from the Asia Pacific Region including the US, the UK, Australia and France, just to name a few.

In the effort to establish and enhance networking with regional and international military intelligence establishments, the Directorate of Intelligence is also actively cooperating in bilateral intelligence exchanges (INTELEXES) with the military intelligence agencies of friendly countries.  The benefits from these INTELEXES are two-folds, firstly, sharing of information and perspectives on the security issues of respective countries as well as security issues of common concerns. Secondly the exchanges promote closer defence relations with the partners hence enriching the defence diplomacy drive. The Directorate of Intelligence currently holds regular INTELEXES with the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Directorate of Intelligence
Ministry of Defence
Bolkiah Garrison BB3510
Negara Brunei Darussalam

Tel No: 2386343
Fax No: 2338867