The RISTA-IEW Brigade has originated from the pre-existent Electronic Defence Centre (CDE), constituted in 1963 in Anzio.
It aims to meet the specialized needs concerning the "military information" at a tactical level, as well as operational needs.
In operations, the Brigade creates specific RISTA-IEW "Task Forces" in order to support the maneuvering elementary Large Units.
The Brigade, headed by a Brigadier General, is composed of personnel from Volunteer troops, in fixed military draft or in permanent service.
At its disposal there are an electronic war Regiment, a Regiment for the battlefield surveillance and target acquisition and a Battalion for humint activities.
It is deployed in the Regions of Lazio and Veneto.