Spotlight EUROPE 05/04/2017

Airbus group puts international agents out in the cold

Under investigation by several anti-corruption probes, the European aircraft and defence company is looking to radically change the way it does business. [...]

Government Intelligence

Xi Jinping revives anti-Falun Gong Bureau 610

Chinese president Xi Jinping recently gave his personal go-ahead for a fast track revival of Bureau 610 (Yao Yi Ling), [...]

Washington puts Sunni regional tie-up back on track

Initially formed in response to Barack Obama’s Iranian policy, the Sunni alliance between Cairo and Riyadh is gaining momentum again [...]

Coast guard goes shopping for drones

Just when President Donald Trump wants to cut its federal budget, the US Coast Guard is looking to up its [...]

Ustun, MIT’s Euhprates Shield intelligence mastermind

Seven months after its launch, the Turkish Army’s operation against Islamic State (IS), Euphrates Shield operation, concluded recently. Special Forces [...]

Intelligence shake-up amid internal squabbling

In naming General Adnan Issam al Jundi head of the powerful General Intelligence Directorate (GID) on March 30, Jordan’s King [...]

In Washington, New Delhi tries to take advantage of harder US policy towards China

With Sino-American relations under strain, New Delhi hopes to slip into the breach to rally Washington to its cause. [...]

Yemen, Afghanistan ops may save day for CIA

Under strong fire from Donald Trump, the CIA is attempting to regain the White House’s favor by multiplying anti-terrorist operations in Yemen and Afghanistan. [...]

Saudi counterterrorism chiefs conduct Paris charm offensive Free

Riyadh is often accused of being too tolerant of jihadist groups and is looking to change that image by becoming [...]

Police chiefs search for tecchies at milpol

The French interior ministry is going all out to upgrade [...]

Banque saudi Fransi chief searches for Solutions

There is concern in Franco-Saudi Arabian bilateral circles that the [...]

FBI makes very political arrest

The arrest of US diplomat Candace Marie Claiborne by the [...]

Marine Le Pen is hackers’ favourite candidate

The French presidential election candidates most targeted by hackers are [...]

DGSI gets new technical director

Patrick Guyonneau has been appointed to head the technical department [...]

Europe and Africa, Israeli defence industry targets

General Michel Ben-Baruch, the head of the Sibat, the Israeli [...]

Classified data for intelligence startups

In a mini-revolution for the French intelligence community, private companies [...]

Retired diplomat Peter Ford cosies up to Assad

Peter Ford, who was an outspoken critic of former Prime [...]

Corporate Intelligence

Former intel boss in formal complaint over Gmail hack

According to our sources, Bernard Squarcini, the former head of the French internal intelligence service DCRI (now the DGSI) has [...]

Abu Dhabi’s NSA and its helping hands

In recent weeks, there has been increased interest in the relationship between the National Electronic Security Authority (NESA), the Abu [...]

SASI, a new career move for ex-NSC staffer Sandra Charles

Still a high-profile player, Sandra Charles, the National Security Council’s Middle East chief between 1988-92, has inaugurated a new consulting [...]

Keith Craig back in consultancy trade with Westbury

Keeping a low profile since he stepped down as operational chief of the prestigious corporate intelligence outfit Hakluyt last spring [...]

Arcanum hires former DNI

Despite its "leak" problems, (IOL 771), the corporate intelligence firm Arcanum Global Intelligence still has a lot of street cred [...]

Shin Bet vet hangs his hat in Kiev

According to our information, Israeli private investigator Moshe Buller is set to open offices in Kiev for his private company [...]

After Saudi Arabia, Chaltiel goes to India

After being involved in the DONAS contract, which later transformed [...]

Deighton keeps foot in international athletics

Paul Deighton will take over as chairman of the new [...]

Elbit positions itself in 4G interception with SigmaBit

Israel’s Elbit Systems boasts it can geolocate and intercept 4G [...]

Dan Menard bounces back with Robert

The former commander in chief of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, [...]

Risk Advisory on recce mission in Paris

Bill Waite, boss of Britain’s Risk Advisory Group (RAG) was [...]

SpaceX beefs up its security

SpaceX, the start-up that builds space launchers for Elon Musk, [...]

Control Risks poaches ex- SFO staffer

Keen as ever to pick up work in the expanding [...]

International Dealmaking

Huge SFMC deal could suffer from pro-Trump bump in Riyadh

Unfolding over the past four years or so, the saga concerning the SFMC contract between Paris and Saudi Arabia could well run into new turbulence. [...]

Doha picks odd bedfellow to seek release of royal hostages in Iraq

A rather unusual team is operating to bring about the release of members of the Qatari royal family held in Iraq for over a year. [...]

Due Diligence

Arms broker Banayoti woos EU

Briefly the son-in-law of Jordan’s King Abdallah II, Ed Banayoti, an arms exports consultant, is intent on finding a strong foothold in the European Union’s defense market. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

DIA privatises NMEC, its enemy data exploitation centre

The management of the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC), which analyzes documents and hard drives seized on the battlefield, is going to be privatized. [...]

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