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Organization of the Main Intelligence Administration (GRU)
Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie (GRU)

The GRU, which is subordinate to the General Staff, is organized into Directorates, Directions, and Sections, which are responsible for the proccurement and processing of intelligence, as well as for supporting activities.

First Deputy Director

The First Deputy Director of the GRU, a post held by a Colonel General, is responsible for all intelligence procurement operations, other than those peformed by other main directorates. In addition to a number of subordinate Directorates, four Directions report to the First Deputy Director:

  • First Direction is responsible for agent intelligence in the Moscow region
  • Second Direction was responsible for agent intelligence in Berlin
  • Third Direction is responsible for national liberation movements
  • Fourth Direction carries out agent operations from Cuban territory

    First Directorate

    The First Directorate (agent intelligence) consisted, in the mid-1980's, of five Directions, each of which was responsible for collection in European countries. Each Direction included a separate Section covering an individual country.

    Second Directorate

    The Second Directorate (front intelligence) includes a number of Directions responsible for operational intelligence collection and dissemination in the Western Hemisphere.

    • First Direction controls tactical level reconnaissance.
    • Second Direction manages agent recruitment and the development of agent networks in or adjacent to areas of wartime responsibility.
    • Third Direction is responsible for spetsnaz operations within target countries.
    • Fourth [Information] Direction is responsible for intelligence collection management and analysis.
    • Fifth Direction is responsible for signals (SIGINT) and electronic [ELINT].
    • Sixth Direction special purpose signals troops are responsible for special signals. Members of the GRU assigned to the sixth are also referred to as osnazovtsi, special purpose signals troops, not to be confused with the osnaz of the MVD.
    • Seventh Direction is responsible for ciphers and communications security.

    Third Directorate

    The Third Directorate includes a number of Directions responsible for operational intelligence collection and dissemination in Asia.

    Fourth Directorate

    The Fourth Directorate includes a number of Directions responsible for operational intelligence collection and dissemination in Africa and the Middle East.

    Fifth Directorate

    The Fifth Directorate manages operational intelligence, and intelligence organizations within fronts, fleets, and military districts. In the army, all of the chiefs of the military district intelligence fall under the command of the Fifth Directorate head. And fleet intelligence officers (Naval Staff Second Directorate Chiefs) are under the control of naval intelligence, which in turn falls under the Fifth Directorate of the GRU.

Sixth Directorate

The Sixth Directorate, headed by a Lieutenant General, is responsible for electronic intelligence. This includes clandestine collection from embassies in foreign states, as well as Electronic Intelligence Regiments which are directly subordinated to the Sixth Directorate, which also controls the activities of electronic intelligence assets which are organic to land, sea and air combatant forces.

Cosmic Intelligence Directorate

The Cosmic Intelligence Directorate is responsible for space-based intelligence collection. It includes activities at launch sites, a variety of research institutes, and a central coordinating facility. The important satellite reconnaissance program is understandably shrouded in secrecy. It is clear, however, that information obtained by satellites, as well as that obtained by long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft is sent directly to the High Command. Vithin the General Staff of the High Command, the GRU tasks such assets and collects and analyzes obtained data.

Fleet Intelligence

The Chief of Fleet Intelligence, an office held by a Vice Admiral, is a Deputy of the GRU Director, although operational tasking and coordination is conducted through the Fifth Directorate. Fleet Intelligence consists of five Directorates:

  • Northern Fleet Intelligence Directorate
  • Pacific Fleet Intelligence Directorate
  • Black Sea Fleet Intelligence Directorate
  • Baltic Fleet Intelligence Directorate
  • Fleet Cosmic Intelligence Directorate, responsible for space-based ocean surveillance

Chief of Information

The Chief of Information, a Colonel General, is responsible for the Information Service, responsible for intelligence processing.

  • The Information Command Post tasks and receives agent reports, technical collection data from overhead systems, as well as from other GRU sources.
  • The Institute of Information studies open source materials.

Seventh Directorate

The Seventh Directorate is responsible for all aspects of NATO, and includes six Directions covering specific topical areas.

Eight Directorate

The Eighth Directorate conducts studies of individual countries, both in the NATO region and around the world.

Ninth Directorate

The Ninth Directorate conducts studies of foreign military technology, in close coordination with the domestic armaments industry. It is concerned with both copying and countering potential adversary weapons systems, and engages in foreign materiel acquisition and exploitation.

Tenth Directorate

The Tenth Directorate covers military economics, including foreign military production and sales, as well as economic security related issues.

Eleventh Directorate

The Eleventh Directorate is focused on strategic nuclear questions, including assessments of the readiness and alert levels of potential adversaries, as well as support to arms control negotiations.

Twelfth Directorate

The scope of activities of the Twelfth Directorate remain obscure.

Political Section Deputy Director

The Political Department is responsible for personnel security and reliability.

Deputy Director for Personnel

The Personnel Directorate is responsible for the recruitment, training and professional development of GRU staff.

Administrative/Technical Directorate

The Administrative/Technical Directorate is responsible for financial management, including foreign currencies and other valuable items of use in international operations.

Financial Directorate

The Financial Directorate is responsible for domestic financial management, excluding foreign operations.

Operational Technical Directorate

The Operational Technical Directorate, headed by a Lieutenant General, is responsible for the development of intelligence collection systems. Work is conducted at several scientific institutes and enterprises.

First GRU Deparment

The First GRU Deparment is responsible for all aspects of replicating foreign identity documentation to support clandestine GRU operations, such as forging passsports.

Eight GRU Department

The Eight Department is responsible for the security of internal GRU communications.

Archives Department

The Archives Department maintains the records of the GRU, including files on personnel, as well as foreign assets and targets.




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