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  1. Jaric Exposed

    Prelude Since the mid 50s, JARIC - Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, based at RAF Brampton, has been cloaked in mystery. There have been many that have speculated, many myths about tunnels to other units and underground storage facilities. Other than the official line on Government websites about the work undertaken at this establishment no one has ever seen inside, unless you have worked within its walls and held a very high clearance level. The building and the work conducted inside was of Top secret classification, and as a result, absolutely no recording media of any type was allowed inside. If it was it never came out again. In fact at one time, you could not even take a lunch box or newspaper in and out! Two years ago under the PRIDE project, JARIC closed after the completion of a new building 'Pathfinder' at RAF Wyton, and the successful transition of material, equipment and personnel to said building. On the day of de-classification of the JARIC building, I was able to gain access while three workmen dismantled and moved all the remaining office equipment. Slowly working my way around the interior as well as the roof and the huge maintenance void, I managed to capture approx 900 images that have now been processed down to 495. As mentioned above, these images have never before be seen by anyone outside of JARIC personnel and high ranking but cleared visitors. Indeed some of my imagery is of areas some JARIC personnel did not know existed, let alone seen. Official JARIC History Following a series of successful covert air reconnaissance operations run by the United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) prior to World War II, the Photographic Development Unit (PDU) was established on 19th January 1940 (Codenamed MI4) and later renamed Photographic Interpretation Unit (PIU) on 11th July 1940. Through a series of War Ministry re-organisations the PIU was renamed the Central Interpretation Unit (CIU) on 7th January 1941 and changed again to the Joint Air Photographic Intelligence centre (UK) JAPIC[uK] in August 1947. On 17th December 1953 the unit was given the name of Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre [uK] - JARIC[uK]. The JARIC Photographic Wing moved to Brampton near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire from locations at Medmenham, Wyton and Wembley in 1956 where they were joined by the Joint School of Photographic Interpretation (JSPI) in December. In 1980 the (UK) was dropped from the name to reflect the closing of the Cyprus based JARIC(NE) in April 1975. On 19th April 1996 the unit ceased to fall under operational control of the Royal Air Force and became an agency under the operational control of the Director General Intelligence and Geographic Requirements (now Director General Intelligence Collection), taking a more centralised government role within the Ministry of Defence. On 1st April 2000 the unit stopped functioning as an independent agency and merged with Military Survey into the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency (DGIA). On the 10th October 2005 the JARIC name ceased to be an acronym to reflect the fact that its sources of imagery had shifted away from those provided by UK Air Reconnaissance platforms to be predominantly satellite imagery based. The descriptor ‘The National Imagery Exploitation Centre’ was added to the JARIC title to better explain JARIC’s role, not just within the Ministry of Defence but within the wider UK intelligence community. On 13 July 2012, after the formal retiring of the title JARIC, the unit was renamed the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre (DGIFC). DGIFC DGIFC’s role (Formerly JARIC) is to provide specialist, advanced imagery intelligence to the armed forces and other intelligence partners through the exploitation of satellite imaging systems in addition to airborne and ground-based collection systems. The team at DGIFC uses these sources together with advanced technologies to provide regional intelligence assessments and contribute to national strategic projections. DGIFC is the UK’s prime provider of imagery intelligence and the UK’s only Satellite Imagery Exploitation Unit. Although initially established to provide strategic intelligence for the needs of the British Government, its role has evolved from the more traditional photographic analysis to encompass more technical intelligence disciplines. Prior to its closure at RAF Brampton, the unit was established for over 500 posts of which half are civilian. Imagery Well if you have got this far and want to see more, then the complete collection is available here Should there be any questions I will do my best to answer them, but excuse me If I dont always reply promptly. Enjoy, and thank you for your time. Aquanaut.