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New Commander for Canadian Forces Intelligence Command

Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) completed a change of command ceremony at the Major-General (MGen) George R. Pearkes building in Ottawa, where MGen David Abboud assumed command from Lieutenant-General (LGen) Michael C. Wright.

Presided over by General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), the ceremony brought LGen Wright’s three-year tenure as Commander of CFINTCOM and Chief of Defence Intelligence to a close.

CFINTCOM provides the CDS, the Government of Canada, and Allies with credible, timely and integrated defence intelligence capabilities, products, and services in support of Canada’s national security objectives.

“CFINTCOM has continued to enable Canadian Armed Forces decision advantage under LGen Wright’s command. In an uncertain world, challenged by multiple, often overlapping crises, he has delivered actionable analysis, and professional excellence to the role, and in so doing set the Command up for future success in a daunting global security environment. I am confident that MGen Abboud, with his vast experience and commitment to duty and excellence, will continue to set a positive example and lead our intelligence enterprise to continued success.”  

General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff

“I have been honoured to spend the last three years commanding Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and integrating Canada’s Defence Intelligence Enterprise as the Chief of Defence Intelligence. Our North Strong and Free clearly explained that Canada and the Rules Based International Order are in a time of global uncertainty. In this time of uncertainty Canadians can be assured that the professionals of CFINTCOM have enabled information and decision advantage to the senior leadership of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces and have had a direct impact on national level decision making and direction. The Defence Intelligence Enterprise performs their duties daily with professionalism and dedication to their country. They have achieved so much over the past three years, and I am proud to hand my responsibilities over to MGen Abboud to lead that enterprise into the future.”

Lieutenant-General Michael Wright, Previous Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command

“It is a privilege to be the newest member of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command and the Chief of Defence Intelligence team. I am proud to rejoin such a capable, diverse, and dedicated group of professionals working diligently every day to advance our country’s national security objectives. Together, we will continue to deliver on our important mandate, further evolve and integrate our Defence Intelligence Enterprise, and collaborate fully with our numerous partners.”

Major-General J.A.D. Abboud, Commander, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • The Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) is the only organization in Canada’s intelligence community that conducts the full spectrum of both collection and analysis of intelligence from all sources.
  • CFINTCOM’s mission is to provide credible, timely and integrated defence intelligence capabilities, products and services to the DND and the CAF, Government of Canada and Allies in support of Canada’s national security objectives.
  • CFINTCOM will continue to evolve and innovate to be recognized as a world-class leader in the provision of integrated defence intelligence that is vital to the DND and the CAF and GOC decision-making.

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