DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE
COLONEL (U) HAJI MOHAMMAD MULUDDIN BIN AWANG HAJI LATIF
Director of Intelligence
Colonel (U) Haji Mohd Muluddin bin Awang Haji Latif enlisted into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in August 2000. In March 2001, he graduated his initial officer training in Trentham, New Zealand. Several months after completing his officer training, he was sent for his OJT to the 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and later underwent his Aerospace Engineering Officer training in Canada. As part of his engineering tour back then, he was posted in various Engineering and Maintenance Squadrons within Royal Brunei Air Force, including leading the No. 1 Squadron (BO105 aircraft Squadron) – now known as No. 52 Squadron. He was then posted to lead the Bell 212 helicopters and subsequently led Blackhawk S70A (No 54 Sqn) and CASA and CN235 (No. 55 Sqn).
Throughout his career, Colonel (U) Haji Mohd Muluddin has held several important posts within the Ministry where he was Staff Officer Grade 2 (SO2) Maintenance (Plans) and later posted as Staff Officer Grade 1 (SO1) Logistics within Directorate of Logistics. He also held a position as Acting Director of Logistics in 2010 and later from 2012 to 2013, was posted to Directorate of Force Capability Development as Staff Officer 1 (SO1) Air Capability. In 2013, he was posted to the United States as the Head of RPP for the Hummingbird project and later returning in 2014, took up the position as Director for the Directorate of Force Capability Development. Prior to taking up his current post on 1 July 2019, he served as Defence Attache in the United States. Within his tenure, he had been heavily involved in project management, enhancement projects, military acquisitions, soldier modernisation and upgrades of RBAF assets. Throughout his service, he has attended many courses namely along the lines of aerospace engineer, defence acquisition and logisitics management course. The last course attended was the Executive Development Programme (EDP) in 2012.
He holds an MBA (Strategy) from Nanyang Business School, a MSc & DIC Composite Materials 1999, from Imperial College of Science and Technology and Medicine, London and a B Eng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering and Management 1998, Strathclyde University, Scotland, UK.
He was awarded by His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei 4th Class (Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia, Darjah Keempat)-PSB in 2016.
He is married to Dyg Mariati binti Haij Kipli and blessed with four children. He enjoys keeping fit and playing golf.
The Directorate of Intelligence is one of the three military Directorates within the Ministry of Defence alongside Personnel and Logistics. Prior to July 2012, this directorate was also responsible to oversee matters of Security before that function was handed over to the Defence Security Branch, Directorate of Strategic Planning/The Defence Minister’s Office.
VISION AND MISSION
The Directorate’s vision is to provide superior intelligence that would ensure success and effectiveness of any operations. In relations to this, the Directorate’s mission is to enhance strategic military intelligence capability of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.
The Directorate of Intelligence has four (4) major roles, which are:
a. Provide intelligence services in a timely and accurate manner;
b. To provide strategic and operational military threat assessment for the country, MINDEF and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF);
c. As a point of contact for all kinds of interactions between the MINDEF and foreign defence organizations as well as foreign missions in Brunei Darussalam;
d. To produce and oversee the implementatoin of intelligence and training policies for MINDEF and RBAF personnel.
INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION CHART
Roles and Responsibilities
In supporting the directorate’s vision, mission and roles, the four branches within the directorate are tasked with roles and ressponsibilities as shown.
Intelligence and Operations
The Intelligence and Operations branch is responsible in:
a. Acting as the information manager, to manage the collection of data and information to support and assist research tasks and security operations;
b. Coordinating intelligence activities;
c. Updating the Joint Intelligence Doctrine;
d. Overseeing the execution of roles by units and sections under the Intelligence Branch which are the Imagery Cell, Mapping Cell, Intelligence Information System Cell and the Intelligence Operations Cell.
The Research branch’s major roles are undertaking research on defence and strategic issues, responding to information requirements from top echelons, and updating the Directorate of Intelligence information database.
Foreign Military Liaison/Defence Attaches
With regards to the Foreign Military Liaison Branch, its main roles and responsibilities include:
a. Acting as the focal point for corespondence and communications by foreign military organizations with MINDEF and RBAF;
b. Planning, coordinating and organising visits by senior foreign military leaders for the Commander of RBAF;
c. The branch also oversees the administrative functions of the offices of the Defense Attaches and Defence Advisers of Brunei Darussalam abroad.
Brunei Darussalam has placed Defence Attaches/Advisors in nine (9) countries which are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, the US and Thailand.
Intelligence Training Wing
Intelligence Training Wing is responsible in designing, planning and executing training programmes in order to:
a. Fulfill MINDEF and RBAFs requirement of sufficiently trained intelligence operatives;
b. Maintaing acceptable standard of intelligence personnel
Defence Diplomacy and Cooperation.
The Directorate of Intelligence also contributes to the defence diplomacy and cooperation efforts at the regional and international levels. These are through its participations in meetings and gatherings such as the ASEAN Military Intelligence Informal Meeting (AMIIM) and the Asia Pacific Intelligence Chiefs Conference (APICC). The Directorate of Intelligence Is also an active participant in the ASEAN Militaries Analysts-to-Analysts Intelligence Exchange (AMAAIE) in Manila, Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia respectively. It hosted AMAAIE just recently in May 2015 in Brunei Darussalam. Interactions from these Meetings are regarded as important platforms for confidence building and enhancing cooperation and military relations between countries.
Recently, the Directorate of Intelligence, together with United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) had co-chaired the 8th APICC, held in Negara Brunei Darussalam, for the first time, from 6th September until 9th September 2015. The conference hosted participants from twenty five (25) countries from the Asia Pacific Region including the US, the UK, Australia and France, just to name a few.
In the effort to establish and enhance networking with regional and international military intelligence establishments, the Directorate of Intelligence is also actively cooperating in bilateral intelligence exchanges (INTELEXES) with the military intelligence agencies of friendly countries. The benefits from these INTELEXES are two-folds, firstly, sharing of information and perspectives on the security issues of respective countries as well as security issues of common concerns. Secondly the exchanges promote closer defence relations with the partners hence enriching the defence diplomacy drive. The Directorate of Intelligence currently holds regular INTELEXES with the US, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Directorate of Intelligence
Ministry of Defence
Bolkiah Garrison BB3510
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel No: 2386343
Fax No: 2338867