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Defence Intelligence and Security Centre

The Intelligence Corps is co-located with the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) at Chicksands. The DISC is the UK Defence Agency responsible for training all service personnel in intelligence, security and information support.


Chicksands is one of the most striking military bases in the UK. The centrepiece is the remarkable 12th century Gilbertine Priory, which was home to both nuns and monks for 400 years.

By 1576, after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 when many religious houses were either ruined or confiscated and redistributed to royal favourites, the Priory had come into the ownership of the Osborn family. It remained in the family for a further 338 years before being sold to the War Office in 1938.

Ever since then it has been associated with intelligence operations. Chicksands was one of many Y Stations, where the German coded signals were intercepted before being passed to Bletchley Park (Station X) for decryption.

For 45 years it was the home of the United States Air Force Security Unit - they now share space in The Military Intelligence Museum with two other unique intelligence collections. The site remains firmly linked with Military Intelligence and Counter Intelligence.

Contact us

HQ Director Intelligence Corps
Chicksands, Shefford
SG17 5PR

Telephone: 01462 752116
Email: dischqregistrycoord@mod.uk 

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