Further to this post,
now via MILNEWS.ca:
“The Canadian Army is trying to hold on to its intelligence-gathering capability and its ability to disrupt spying in the face of budget strain, say internal National Defence documents. A briefing note prepared for the country’s top soldier shows the army has pushed the military’s chief of intelligence to permanently staff “high-readiness” intelligence positions within brigades and all-source intelligence centres that could be called upon to deploy overseas. The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information laws, also show the army is anxious to protect its network of human sources and operatives, known as HUMINT, and to better resource its counter-intelligence abilities. With the end of the war in Afghanistan and a shrinking defence budget, there is a fear those disciplines could face “degradation.” The army’s budget by itself has shrunk by 22 per cent ….”
Now if some of that human intelligence gathering isn’t carried out by covert, paid, sources I’m Smiley’s uncle.
Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger
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