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Directorate of Military Intelligence
Direction du renseignement militaire
Logo of DRM
Agency overview
FormedJune 16, 1992; 31 years ago (1992-06-16)
JurisdictionFrench Armed Forces
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent departmentMinistry of the Armies
Key document
  • Decree 1992-523[1]

The Directorate of Military Intelligence (French: Direction du renseignement militaire, DRM) is a French intelligence agency that has the task of collecting and centralizing military intelligence information for the French Armed Forces. Created in 1992, after Gulf War, its role is similar to that of the DIA (United States), the DI (United Kingdom) or the GRU (Russian Federation). It was formed by merging the Army Intelligence Bureau (Bureaux de Renseignement des armées) and the Military Intelligence Exploitation Centre (Centre d'exploitation du Renseignement Militaire).[2] The DRM reports directly to the Chief of Staff and to the President of France, supreme commander of the French military.

The DRM is part of the French Intelligence Community.

Old insigna of DRM


The mission of the DRM is to provide timely intelligence and meet the needs of the French defence ministry and defence agencies. The stated aims of the DRM:

The budget and staff of the DRM are classified, as they are considered part of "special funds", otherwise known as a black budget.


  1. ^ Government of the French Republic (16 June 1992). "Décret no 92-523 du 16 juin 1992 portant création de la direction du renseignement militaire". (in French). Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ Aleksander Olech, French and Polish fight against terrorism, Poznan 2022, p. 74;