The Directorate of Military Intelligence

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The Directorate of Military Intelligence, DRM, is a joint body responsible for military intelligence and of military interest led by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. It is part of the French intelligence community, like the DGSE and the DGSI for example.

It was created on June 16, 1992 speak Defense Minister in order to bring together the various intelligence services of the armed forces. The DRM is responsible for collecting information, analyzing and disseminating intelligence to the armies, the forces in operation and to the central defense bodies.


The Directorate of Military Intelligence works in coordination with multiple organizations, centers and regiments of the three armies (army, air force and navy) which contribute to the production of military intelligence and in particular with special forces units.

It is an integral part of the first circle made up of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance and Public Accounts. The latter includes in all and for all five other services in addition to the DRM:

General Directorate of External Security DGSE;

Defense Intelligence and Security Directorate DRSD ;

Directorate General of Internal Security DGSI;

National Directorate of Intelligence and Customs Investigations DNRED ;

Intelligence Processing and Action Service against Underground Financial Circuits TRACFIN.

It also participates in the national intelligence system articulated around the National Coordinator of Intelligence and the Fight against Terrorism.

The DRM is made up of five specialized centers and a training center:

– The CF3I Joint Training and Interpretation Center, collects information from images of all origins (space, air and land) and trains interpreters for French armies and NATO countries.

– The Training and Employment Center for Electromagnetic Emissions CF3E, orients listening sensors and trains army personnel in the electromagnetic field. It operates the intelligence production of electromagnetic sources and updates the national military technical reference system.

– The Joint Center for Research and Collection of Human Intelligence CI3RH, collects and analyzes human-made intelligence and trains army human intelligence specialists before they are sent on missions.

– The CRAC Cyberspace Research and Analysis Center, conducts specialized digital research, especially on social networks, and assesses the threat.

– The Joint Geospatial Intelligence Center CRGI, merges information and provides all the data available on the same geo-referenced medium.

– The CFIAR Joint Intelligence Training Center, provides training in intelligence of military interest, in a national or multinational framework, and learning the languages ​​necessary for intelligence.


DRM guides the planning and the conduct of operations at the strategic level while contributing to the orientation of the maneuver at the tactical level. It provides the President of the Republic, the Minister of the Armed Forces, the Chief of Defense Staff and the major commands with the information necessary for the exercise of their responsibilities.

It follows 4 main axes:

– To research : The DRM uses its sensors and those made available by the armed forces to collect raw information;

– To exploit : It integrates, cross-references, analyzes and interprets the raw data collected and produces detailed, relevant and objective information;

– Diffuser : The DRM transmits the intelligence developed to political decision-makers, military leaders and armed forces in operations;

– Orient : The DRM receives requests for information from political and military authorities and major commands, which it orders and transcribes into search orders.

The DRM is responsible for informing the political and military authorities and helping them in their choices, as part of the strategic watch of risks and threats. It must also provide the Chief of Defense Staff, to whom it reports directly, the intelligence necessary to propose military options and conduct operations in the various theaters. DRM provides information that necessarily impacts the forces in operations in current or potential crises.

The Director of Military Intelligence also assists and advises the Minister of Defense in matters of military intelligence.