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Federation Military Intelligence

"The first step in the defense of liberty is to realize she is in danger." -- President Lee, in a 1930 campaign speech

F.M.I. is a semi-independent branch of the Federation military and is the primary intelligence service of the Front Range (there is a civilian counterpart, the Foreign Intelligence Department, but it is far smaller and, critics say, only exists to keep an eye on F.M.I.). It is staffed by intelligence officers from all branches, as well as a fair proportion of civilian employees, and usually commanded by a three or four star general. Historically, Commander F.M.I. has been an Air Force officer about 70% of the time.

F.M.I. excels at SIGINT, communications analysis, and other forms of electronic information gathering and cyberwarfare. It is considered considerably weaker in "boots on the ground" type intelligence. F.M.I. senior officers have repeatedly complained over the course of the branch's existence that official standing Front Range policy against using embassies in foreign countries for intelligence gathering handicaps them unnecessarily. Of course, many third party sources believe this official policy and the protests against it are just smoke.