It's brief is to collate information about foreign air forces and to prepare target information for an air war. The Abteilung takes over the functions of two small units known as the target data unit and the ‘department for foreign air forces’ at the Reich Luftministerium (German Air Ministry). Command as Chef IC (Intelligence) is given to Major Josef Schmid, who is recommended to Göring by Jeschonnek. Schmid finds that the two units forming the basis of his department are staffed with civilians and reserve officers who have no clear idea of what they are supposed to be doing. Their files seem to consist entirely of mountains of newspaper cuttings and foreign magazines.