Africa’s changing security situation is more work for Defence Intelligence


Defence Intelligence, according to the latest Department of Defence (DoD) annual report, “remained true to its mandate conducting intelligence, counter-intelligence and collection activities” for decision makers.

It reached the set target of 100% for conducting ordered defence commitments in accordance with government policy and strategy. This also saw Defence Intelligence provide general military assistance in one given instance – the strategic phase assisting FARDC (the Democratic Republic of Congo armed forces) with “publication and popularisation” of the central African country’s military strategy.

The report describes general military assistance as non-combat operations that provide military assistance, training and expertise over a wide range of activities that can include support to peace building and post conflict reconstruction and development.

Without going into any detail, the report notes Defence intelligence provided early warning reports on emerging threats in Africa. There was also involvement in regional, continental and international meetings and engagements on Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) levels where participation ensured South African military objectives and foreign policy was “robustly tabled and where possible, adopted”.
“Intelligence products were continuously re-evaluated through client feedback and constant reassessment of products, ensuring the quality management of intelligence products.
“Defence Intelligence also provided security advice on SANDF projects, accreditation services to national and defence events in which the DoD participated and engagements with departmental and governmental stakeholders to ensure higher levels of co-operation in border protection initiatives are achieved.
“Defence Intelligence ensured higher levels of personnel integrity in the DoD, Department of Military Veterans (DMV) and the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) by issuing security clearances through a comprehensive vetting and screening process,” the report notes.

The year under review saw Defence Intelligence produce 603 “products”. This is 155 more than the targeted number of 448 and is ascribed to “the security situation on the African continent resulting in increased intelligence requirements”.