British plan for new intelligence facility

LONDON, April 29 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense announced plans for a new intelligence facility to strengthen operational and strategic threat-assessment capabilities.

Bob Ainsworth, British minister for the armed forces, announced in a statement Wednesday that the British Defense Intelligence Service and the Intelligence Collection Group's operations would be consolidated in a new state-of-the-art facility designed to improve support for military forces, the British Ministry of Defense reported.


Ainsworth said the project will relocate the Headquarters Intelligence Collection Group, the National Imagery Exploitation Center, the Headquarters Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organization and other units to a new facility at the Royal Air Force's Wyton installation in Cambridgeshire, England.

"This important investment project at RAF Wyton will improve our ability to support our front-line operations by both advancing and enhancing our intelligence support by collocating key capabilities together," Ainsworth said in a statement.

"We will, as a result, become more effective at supporting our armed forces and providing commanders with accurate and timely intelligence."

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