March 2020 - Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command - Rear Admiral Scott Bishop

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  • Appointed Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and Chief of Defence Intelligence in June 2016 after having served as Director General International Security Policy.
  • 36 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy, commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.
  • Numerous staff appointments, including in the Chief of Defence Staff’s office and the Strategic Joint Staff.


  • To provide credible, timely and integrated defence intelligence capabilities, products and services to the Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence, Government of Canada and Allies in support of Canada’s defence and national security objectives;
  • Develop and promulgate policy, processes and governance as the Functional Authority for Defence Intelligence; and
  • Coordinate and generate intelligence capabilities across the Defence Intelligence Enterprise.

Key facts

Total Employees:



  • Vote 1: $85M
  • Vote 5: $43.3M

Primary location(s):

  • National Capital Region
  • Kingston
  • Winnipeg
  • Gagetown

Key Partners


  • Strategic Joint Staff
  • Canadian Joint Operations Command
  • Canadian Special Operations Command
  • Canadian Army
  • Royal Canadian Navy
  • Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)
  • Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy)


  • Public Safety Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Communications Security Establishment
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Five-Eyes Allies and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allies and partners

Top issues for Commander Canadian Forces Intelligence Command

Defence Intelligence Enterprise Renewal

  • Joint Chief of the Defence Staff / Deputy Minister Directive (8 May 2019) directing an in-depth review of the Defence Intelligence Enterprise in order to determine how to satisfy current and future demands.
  • Recommendations may necessitate significant changes to Defence Intelligence Enterprise governance framework, organizational structure, and functional processes.

Avoiding Complicity in Mistreatment

  • In June 2019, Bill C-59, the Avoiding Complicity in Mistreatment by Foreign Entities Act, became law.
  • Directions for avoiding complicity in mistreatment by foreign entities have been issued through an Order-in-Council to the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff.
  • Canadian Forces Intelligence Command is finalizing a revised policy suite that clarifies related direction to all Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces.

Ministerial Directive on Defence Intelligence

  • Canadian Forces Intelligence Command is in the process of updating the Ministerial Directive on Defence Intelligence; finalization is expected in 2019.
  • The new Ministerial Directive will update authorities, responsibilities and accountabilities pertaining to defence intelligence.

External Review

  • The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians has reviewed defence intelligence and is expected to re-iterate an earlier recommendation that defence intelligence activities be legislated in its forthcoming Special Report on the collection, use, retention and dissemination of information on Canadians.
  • The National Security and Intelligence Review Agency has signalled its interest in reviewing the Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit and the implementation of the Ministerial Directive on Avoiding Complicity in Mistreatment by Foreign Entities Act.

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