Civilian intelligence analysts working for the Department of National Defence (DND) play a crucial role in supporting national security in our country.
Intelligence analysts gather information from multiple sources (diplomatic reports, news wire services, media reports, specialist journals and sensitive intelligence materials) to prepare reports and briefings on international issues of significance to Canada. Their work is used not only by DND, but also by government officials in a variety of departments and agencies.
The assessments made by DND intelligence analysts are used in decision making on Canada's international security interests and policies.
DND intelligence analysts are frequently called upon to provide advice and to consult with to members of the Canadian intelligence community and allied intelligence agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Communications Security Establishment (CSE).
This type of work requires a strong understanding of international relations, politics, economics and military strategy and tactics. Some of this is learned during training while other knowledge is acquired through post-secondary education and often, post-graduate education (Masters degree). Knowledge of the impact of politics and of subject areas such as economics, government, culture, religion, history and foreign relations is important in order for DND intelligence analysts to provide a relevant and comprehensive assessment of security issues.
DND Intelligence Analysts typically start in the Administrative Services (AS) group at the AS-05 level.