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New director for Joint Intelligence Organisation

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Nets neL64sl MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1982 NO. 187/82


One of Australia1s most experienced military

intelligence officers, Mr J.O. Furner, has been appointed

Director of the Joint Intelligence Organisation in the

Department of Defence.

The Minister for Defence, Mr Ian Sinclair, said

today Mr Furner would take up his new appointment on

December 6.

Mr Furner has specialised in intelligence work

for more than 25 years. In 1978 he was appointed Deputy

Director (Military) of JIO.

Mr Furner succeeds Mr A.W. McMichael who has



. · James Osmond Furner was born at Warragul, ■ Victoria in 1927 and graduated from the Army's Officer Cadet School, Portsea in June 1952. #

Following regimental appointments in infantry in . Australia, Japan, and Korea until 1956, he served in a number of intelligence appointments with the Australian Intelligence Corps. As a captain and major his appointments included

staff appointments in the Directorate of Military Intelligence, interchange officer appointments in Hong Kong and Washington, instructional duties at the Army Intelligence Centre, and service in Vietnam for which he was awarded the MBE.

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He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1969 and in that rank was commanding officer of the A m y Intelligence Centre, served in staff appointments at SEATO Headquarters (Bangkok), the Joint Intelligence Organisation

and Headquarters Logistic Command, and was an instructor at the Australian Staff College.

In 1976 he was promoted to colonel and posted to Headquarters Field Force Command in Sydney where he served until his promotion to brigadier and appointment as Deputy Director (Military) in JIO in 1978. ,

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1981.

He attended the Command and General Staff Course at Fort. Leavenworth in the United States in 1965. He > studied Chinese at the RAAF School of Languages in 1957, and has a bachelor's degree in Arts from Melbourne University.

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