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UPDF Establishment 2021 Introduces New Titles

President Museveni Launches UPDF Establishment 2021

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have rebranded its spy agency, changing the name from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to Defense Intelligence and Security (DIS) as part of the force’s new establishment.

The DIS, formerly known as CMI, conducts intelligence operations for the military and often collaborates with the Uganda Police Force (UPF) to combat violent crimes such as terrorism, armed robberies, abductions, kidnappings, and murders, although there have been accusations against the agency for engaging in similar activities.

President Yoweri Museveni, the Commander-in-Chief (CiC) of the Armed Forces, officially launched the UPDF Establishment 2021 on February 17, 2024, which outlined changes in the nomenclature of some offices and titles within the army.

Colonel Deo Akiiki Asiimwe, the Deputy Defense Spokesperson (DSP), now known as the Defense Public Information Officer (DPIO), stated that the change in the name of CMI to DIS is in line with the adoption and gazetting of new titles while phasing out the old ones.

Colonel Akiiki further explained that the UPDF Establishment 2021 introduced new titles, such as Chief of Joint Staff (CJS), formerly known as Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS); Joint Staff Human Resource Management (JS-HRM), previously known as Chief of Personnel and Administration (CPA); and Joint Staff Logistics (JS-LOG), formerly Chief of Logistics and Engineering (CLE).

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