DGFI – Directorate General of Forces Intelligence

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The  Directorate General of Forces Intelligence or popularly DGFI is Bangladesh most powerful intelligence agency working inside and outside the territory of Bangladesh to ensure the national security and to establish the supremacy of  Bangladesh Interest.DGFI is presently organized into nine different bureaus and 19 detachments through which it carries out the intelligence activities.

With a motto  “Watch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security ”  DGFI already established itself as one of the top intelligence agency in Asia. DGFI is the foreign military intelligence section of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.  Over the years, Its role has transformed to both military and non-military intelligence gathering and the agency is active in more than 45 countries worldwide.

Formed1972 (reformed in 1977)
JurisdictionPresident of Bangladesh
HeadquartersDGFI Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment, Bangladesh
MottoWatch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security
Employees12,000 (estimate)

Bangla version :

The primary function of DGFI is the collection of foreign military intelligence, however, during recent times, the agency has extended its role economic and political intelligence inside and outside the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking at a meeting with the high officials of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI

It is responsible for collecting foreign intelligence and monitoring internal political affairs. It monitors disaffection within the ranks and runs counterintelligence operations.

The recruitment of DGFI staff is undertaken by the Armed Forces. The DGFI was structured to be manned by officers from  Bangladesh Army, Navy, and Airforces.DGFI has its own recruiting system for civilian operatives.

The Logo of DGFI

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On 14 May 2014 PM Sheikh Hasina Unveiled the New Monogram/logo of DGFI. The  Monogram itself explain the characteristics and functions of Bangladesh Elite Intelligence Unit.

The round monogram of the DGFI, which has two circles at the outside and inside the inner circle on purple background another internal circle, the national emblem of Bangladesh placed on the green background at the center of the monogram, Water Lilly  expressing the ethnicity of independent sovereign Bangladesh, light emission is shown around the circular Water Lilly . The eight light emission around the Water Lilly expressing Patriotism, loyalty, Discipline, Concentration, Alertness, Prudence,  and Efficiency of the activities of the agency.

Dark purple in the main background is the mixture of the basic colors of the three forces which expresses the importance of combined activities of three forces. The spider web indicates the detective activities of the agency.

At the bottom “Bangladesh” Besides ” Bangladesh, ” there are two stars at each side and a total of four stars representing the four fundamental principles of the constitution of Bangladesh Nationalism, Secularism, Socialism and Democracy.

Functions :

DGFI is operationally responsible for providing national security and intelligence information to the Bangladesh government and armed forces. DGFI’s Intelligence operations seek to provide the policymakers and military commanders with an early warning of impending situations.

Accordingly, it is the responsibility of the intelligence  Agency to continuously monitor and assess threats in order to facilitate commanders in launching timely and appropriate countermeasures. Such measures would encompass conduct of combat intelligence, counterintelligence and security intelligence.

  • The collection, collation, evaluation, and dissemination of intelligence on the threat of sabotage, subversion, and espionage within the area of responsibility.
  • Investigation on breaches of military security within the area of responsibility.

Failures :

On 25  February 2009, The paramilitary Force BDR Revolt resulted in the death of The Chief of the BDR, the Deputy Chief and all 16 Sector Commanders total 57 Army Officer.

After the independence of Bangladesh, it is the biggest military loses in a planned attack on Bangladesh Armed Forces. According to conspiracy theory, one or more Foreign Intelligence agency masterminded the attack by using common dissatisfaction in various ranks of the paramilitary force.

Despite DGFI’s reputation of a silent watchdog and enforcer of the Constitution of Bangladesh. DGFI’s intelligence failure in The Pilkhana massacre reflects its lackings in CounterIntelligence and capability to provide intelligence for Bangladesh Government and Bangladesh Armed Forces.

Success :

The elite DGFI is the Nations primary watchdog and enforcer of Bangladesh constitution. As a Military Intelligence agency, Its work in secret to protect the interest of Bangladesh. Sometimes its had to interfere in the violent political situation to establish law and order. The public trust and respect for the organization are high.

DGFI’s Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Bureau played a vital role against Islamic militants, various organized crime unite, and separatist insurgency in Bangladesh. Various successful operation against religious extremist group broke the chain of command and organizational structure.

A DGFI Agent believed to be named Diwan Chand Mallick worked in India’s foreign intelligence unite RAW for six years and obtained various classified documents before disappearing in May 2005.

The functions and priorities of DGFI have changed throughout the years and vary with the country’s political situations and foreign affairs. DGFI maintains active collaborations with other secret services around the world. It maintains a close relation and shares intelligence and training with the New Zealand’s GCSB,  Russia’s FSB, China’s MSS, and America’s  CIA.

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