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4 MI

4 Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion is a regular Army unit under the operational command of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, within Force Troops Command.

4 MI Bn is tasked with supporting its partners in HQ 3 (UK) Division, the Armoured Infantry Brigades and securing the Army in London, the South of England and Germany, it continues to prepare as the lead intelligence force for contingency operations. 

The Battalion is structured into 3 Multi-Functional Military Intelligence (MFMI) Companys, an Operations Support Military Intelligence Company and a Headquarters Company. 

The MFMI Companys each support an Armoured Infantry Brigade at readiness in the UK and Germany, each Company has the following capabilities:

Close Support (CS) Intelligence Section

This team, commanded by a junior officer provides the intimate intelligence support to the Brigade Commander of a war fighting Armoured Infantry Brigade. 

The nature of this task normally requires a focus on enemy forces; however when appropriate they often adopt a broader view. 

They are key members of the Brigade Headquarters.

General Support (GS) Intelligence Section

This team commanded by a junior officer, assisted by a warrant officer, provides Above Secret and UK Eyes Only intelligence support to the Brigade Commander of a war fighting Armoured Infantry Brigade. 

Their focus can be more thematic and is not necessarily drawn into the current battle. 

They work in concert with the CS section.

Battle Group Intelligence Support Section (BGISS)

This team commanded by a junior officer, assisted by a warrant officer, provides intelligence specialists to the Infantry and Royal Armoured Corps Battle Groups to augment and enhance their intelligence capability. 

This provides the intelligence spine to the Armoured Infantry Brigade, and whilst they take on the role of intelligence specialists they also operate capably as equal members of the Battle Group they support.

Counter Intelligence and Security (CI&Sy) Section

This team is commanded by a junior officer and affords a similar function to 4 MI Bn’s support to secure the Army in the UK and Germany. 

Their primary role is to protect friendly forces, be assuring physical security, preventing enemy intelligence assets collecting information or preventing cyber-attack on any part of the Brigade.

4 MI Bn also provides these functions to the Army’s readiness Divisional Headquarters 3 (UK) Division advising the General Officer Commanding appropriately.

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