Defence Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) is one of the three state security institutions carrying out the tasks stipulated in the Law on State Security Institutions. DISS is under the auspices of Ministry of Defence. Since 2002, Indulis Krekis is head of DISS.
Defence Intelligence and Security Service:
- Collects and provides Ministry of Defence, the institutions subordinated to it, the other institutions implementing legitimate state authority and administration and their responsible officials, as well as National Armed Forces with counter-intelligence and intelligence information they need.
- Detects and prevents in cooperation with other state security institutions subversion carried out by foreign intelligence services, as well as organizations and individual persons at the Ministry of Defence, the institutions subordinated to it and the National Armed Forces.
- Carries out and supervises implementation of measures to protect state secret at the Ministry of Defence, the institutions subordinated to it and the National Armed Forces.
- Checks candidates wanting to receive special permissions (licenses) issued by Ministry of Defence for conducting individual business activities subjected to licensing and gives opinions on granting the special permissions (licenses).
- Acting as a national signals intelligence (SIGINT) authority of the Republic of Latvia carries out and controls SIGINT and guarantees protection of the information collected.
- Within its competence, is an entity performing investigative operations.
- Carries out other tasks stipulated in the laws and regulations and international treaties, inter alia ensures efficient exchange of information with both NATO and European Union bodies, and partner countries.