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DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE


LIEUTENANT COLONEL HAJI DAMIT BIN HAJI BAKAR
Director of Intelligence

Lieutenant Colonel Haji Damit bin Haji Bakar is the current Director of Intelligence for the Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam. He joined the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in June 1992 as Officer Cadet. For the past 24 years of service, he has held several appointments at the Royal Brunei Land Forces (RBLF) and the RBAF Training Institute (RBAF TI) which includes as the Officer Commanding Recruit Company RBAF TI, Officer Commanding First Battalion RBLF and Commanding Officer First Battalion RBLF in December 2010.

His staff tour includes as Staff Officer Grade 2 at the RBLF Headquarters in September 2008, Staff Officer Grade 1 at the Directorate of Intelligence Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam. On 23 September 2016, he was appointed to his current appointment as the Director of Intelligence Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam.

To furnish himself with suitable military knowledge and skills, Lieutenant Colonel Haji Damit has also attended various courses locally and overseas such as Head of Platoon Course in Malaysia, Grade II Staff and Tactics course in New Zealand, Command and Staff Course in Singapore, Advanced Security Co-operation (ASC) Course di Hawaii, United States and National Defence College Course at the National Defence Studies Institute of Thailand.

In recognition for his service and with the consents of His Majesty The Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Lieutenant Colonel Haji Damit has been conferred with the Meritorious Service Medal (P.J.K) on 22 January 2007 as well as the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (P.K.L dan P.B) on 15 February 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Haji Damit is happily married to Nor Aziah bte Haji Mohd Ismail and blessed with four daughters and one son.  He is an avid runner and cyclist as well as enjoying golf.


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INTRODUCTION - HISTORY

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.


VISION AND MISSION

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.

ROLES

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.


INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION CHART



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.


Research

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


ACTIVITIES

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.


CONTACT US

Correspondence Address:
Directorate of Intelligence
Ministry of Defence
Bolkiah Garrison BB3510
Negara Brunei Darussalam

Tel No: 2386343 (General Inquiry)
Fax No: 2338867
E-mail: iac.int@mindef.gov.bn