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French internal intelligence service finally launches a reform

Laurent Nunez, head of the DGSI, with Pierre de Bousquet of Florian, National Intelligence Coordinat
Laurent Nunez, head of the DGSI, with Pierre de Bousquet of Florian, National Intelligence Coordinat ©Reuters

Despite the ever-present threat of terrorism in France, the DGSI, France's main internal intelligence service, is preparing structural upheaval. [...]

Government Intelligence

OFAC challenges British government's contradictory stance

In a move that will surely have an impact on a number of figures in British politics and business, on [...]

Paris favours Gaudin to head Swiss intelligence

The Swiss confederation's intelligence service, or SRC (Service de Renseignement de la Confederation), is due to appoint its new chief [...]

Tension increasing again between Tsahal and Hezbollah

The Israeli air strikes on Homs in Syria on April 9 follow worsening tension between the Israeli Army and Hezbollah [...]

Elbit's acquisition of IMI divides defence ministry

The sale of Israel Military Industries (IMI) to Elbit Systems in March has drawn strong criticism from some quarters in [...]

Inkster and NCC Group come to parliament's aid on Korea

The House of Commons defence committee consulted experts to draft its report on the North Korean threat, published on April [...]

EUROPE

Paris and Berlin mull barriers to Chinese economic spying

The German intelligence services are increasingly active against corporate intelligence-gathering by Beijing in Europe. Paris is keen to follow suit. [...]

CNCTR wants to control intelligence-sharing agreements

There are growing calls in the French parliament and from civil society groups for stricter controls over information-sharing with foreign intelligence services. [...]

Pentagon caught between Bezos, Koch brothers

The Pentagon is due to finalise its tender for the contract to store and manage data in the cloud, under [...]

Will Hurd thanks East European allies

Contrary to the White House's more reserved tone on Russia, [...]

Al Hassan poised to be honoured by the kremlin

Credited with the victory of the Syrian armed forces in [...]

Skripal: a strange message from the SVR

Former high-ranking officials of the Russian external intelligence service, the [...]

Consultation between spymasters

The head of Syria's National Security Bureau, Ali Mamlouk, met [...]

Patrushev invites security chiefs

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Russia's Security Council, recently [...]

FBI confident in Morpho's Russian codes

Showing its confidence in French technology, the FBI ordered more [...]

Parly snubs Special Forces

Although she was initially tabled to attend, French armed forces [...]

Hamas number two visits Moscow

Mussa Abu Marzouk, the vice-president of the Palestinian Islamist movement [...]

Police union figure joins DGSI

Celine Berthon, the head of the major police union SCPN [...]

Crayencour advises French Special Forces TV series

Vincent de Crayencour, the special adviser to the French foreign [...]

Corporate Intelligence

Chodiev guns -again- for lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin

The bitter legal feud between International Mineral Resources (IMR), a mining company controlled by oligarch Patokh Chodiev, a Kazakh of [...]

Minsk interests Russophile consultants

On a visit to the UK on March 27-28, Vladimir Makey, Belarus' foreign minister, did not only see his British [...]

Litigation funders explore ways to secure intelligence

A sector that is enjoying a boom in the UK and is starting to take off in France, litigation funding [...]

Ex-ODNI heavyweight pushes for "cyber Project Manhattan"

Patrick Gorman, the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is in [...]

MbS shakes up communications contracts

The army of PR people hired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to talk up the transformation of Saudi [...]

Turbulence ahead for Thales in Riyadh

French defence group Thales has been experiencing some difficulty of late in Riyadh. The arrival of former Airbus Group executive [...]

SAMI briefs French defence industry

As it did in London and Washington, which Crown Prince [...]

Verint gets into lawful interception

According to our sources, the Israeli interception company Verint has [...]

Arms dealer Ed Banayoti partners with MetOcean

Canadian-Egyptian billionaire Edward Banayoti, who heads the defence wholesaler Defence [...]

Envistacom, SOCOM's ally against IEDs in Africa

Envistacom has been beefing up its team in Djibouti, which [...]

ODAS : Loth on the way out

Bernard Loth is poised to step down as number two [...]

Greenberg joins former Exiger team

After working as a consultant with Exiger Diligence, the corporate [...]

Geopragma draws consultants

The recently-established think-tank Geopragma has attracted a number of well-known [...]

EUROPE

EIB creates private security pool

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is looking to broaden its [...]

Nathalie de Gaulle, from Rafale to Blockchains

Nathalie de Gaulle, General Charles de Gaulle's great grand-daughter (IOL [...]

International Dealmaking

GAMI, SAMI: the new defence procurement decision-makers

Saudi Arabia's new military procurement architecture is gradually getting established. [...]

Brazzaville and Malabo revive battles for influence in Paris amid coup accusations

Facing growing opposition at home, the regimes in Congo and Equatorial Guinea have accused French consultants from stirring up the unrest, a message that their lobbyists in Paris have been loudly conveying. [...]

Due Diligence

Tanguy Darbois keeps Russian doors open for Paris

Georgian-born consultant Tanguy Darbois is keeping the former Soviet zone warm for French companies, despite the ongoing international tensions. [...]

Revina, Saddiq broker future deals between Kiev and Doha

Ukrainian consultant Olga Revina, in partnership with Qatari businessman Moyasser Saddiq, plans to use the Ukrainian president's recent trip to Doha to bolster business ties between the two countries. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

Startup's programmable microchips may resolve ITAR export woes

Algodone may be about to revolutionise military exports with technology that can restrict the use of materiel after it has been sold. [...]

DGSE hires Aleph-Networks to scour dark web

The external intelligence agency has enlisted a private service provider to help its teams monitor the non-referenced part of the web. [...]

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