Imagery intelligence shake up
A closed-door colloquium at the DRM on May 23 saw director Christophe Gomart officialise reforms that have been in the works since the beginning of the year, particularly in imagery intelligence. [...]
The DRM (Direction du Renseignement Militaire) has a role similar to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), providing intelligence to the French armed forces. It reports to the chiefs of staff.
The French army, air force and navy have had a certain degree of autonomy to conduct their own intelligence affairs in recent years but the DRM, France's joint military intelligence directorate, is poised to play a bigger role once again. [...]
One of recently-appointed new French military intelligence chief General Pierre de Villiers' major tasks is to reform military intelligence within the armed forces, an area whose weaknesses came to light during France's Operations Serval and Harmattan in Mali and Libya. [...]