Who We Are
Military Intelligence is one of three intelligence services of the Czech Republic. It was established by the Act No. 289/2005 Coll., on Military Intelligence, as subsequently amended, and is a succession organization to Military Counterintelligence and to the Military Intelligence Service. It is a united intelligence service of the Czech Republic which integrates the intelligence and counterintelligence activities.
Military Intelligence is part of the Ministry of Defence. It is headed by a director who is appointed by the Minister of Defence after discussion in the relevant committee of the Chamber of Deputies and with the approval of the Government. In tenure of office, the director is responsible to the Minister of Defence who also dismisses him with the approval of the Government, too.
Military Intelligence’s basic task following from the Act No. 153/1994 Coll., on Intelligence Services of the Czech Republic, as subsequently amended, is to gather, collect and assess information which is crucial for defence of the Czech Republic.
Tasks to Military Intelligence are assigned by the Government of the Czech Republic and by the President of the Czech Republic with the Government fully aware of them. Performing them, Military Intelligence utilizes all intelligence branches, i.e. Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), and last but not least, bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Military Intelligence is authorised to use specific means to gain information. The means include the intelligence ones, such as intelligence devices, cover papers, cover means and monitoring of persons and things, and persons operating in Military Intelligence’s favour.
With respect to the membership of the Czech Republic in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union (EU), Military Intelligence meets tasks resulting from obligations to these organizations, too.
Activities of Military Intelligence come under independent control of the Chamber of Deputies which does so through its special control body instituted for this purpose.