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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.

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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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