Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service

The Military Intelligence and Security Service (Dutch: Militaire Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst) is the military intelligence service of the Netherlands, which operates under the Ministry of Defence.[1] It is tasked with investigating the security of the armed forces and collects military intelligence from and about foreign countries. The civilian counterpart is the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), which operates under the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Logo of the MIVD with its motto: Meritum in veritatem discernendo (Merit in discerning the truth)

History edit

The forerunner of all intelligence services in the Netherlands was the GS III, which was created shortly before World War I. This service later (after WW II) became the LAMID (Army Intelligence Service). In 1986, the Government of the Netherlands started a reform of all (Navy, Army and Air Force) military intelligence and security services. The MID (Military Intelligence Service) was formed. In 1989 and 1990 the existing branches (Navy, Army, Air Force, General Intelligence) of the MID were united to make the service stronger. After that reform the single military intelligence service was renamed Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) in 2002, with more focus on challenges the 21st century would present. The MIVD is located on the grounds of the Frederick Barracks in The Hague.

Mission edit

  • Collecting information on potential and military forces in other countries;
  • Collecting information on areas where Dutch troops may be stationed, notably on peace keeping missions;
  • Investigating problems involving officers of the Royal Netherlands Army;
  • Collecting information to prevent any harm to the Army;
  • Counter-terrorism and counter-espionage;
  • Other military subjects as determined by the Government.

Oversight and accountability edit

The Minister of Defence is politically responsible for the MIVD. Oversight is provided by two bodies:

  • The Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services (Dutch: Commissie voor de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten), comprising the faction leaders of the major political parties represented in the House of Representatives.[2]
  • An Oversight Committee (Dutch: Commissie van Toezicht op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten, CTIVD) appointed by the House of Representatives.[3]

The service is, like other intelligence services in the Netherlands, governed by the Wet op de Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdiensten 2002 (Law on the Intelligence and Security Services 2002).[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Jaarverslag Militaire Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst 2013 (PDF). The Hague: Ministerie van Defensie. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-16. (online pdf here: https://www.docdroid.net/nI09Akp/jaarverslag-militaire-inlichtingen-en-veiligheidsdienst-2013.pdf)
  2. ^ "Niet alle partijen meer in 'commissie stiekem'". www.telegraaf.nl (in Dutch). 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ Veiligheidsdiensten, Commissie van Toezicht op de Inlichtingen- en (2015-02-25). "Over CTIVD". www.ctivd.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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