In Moscow and Crimea, Ukrainian saboteurs are a thorn in the FSB's side
Blamed by Washington in the assassination of Darya Dugina, and by Moscow in the Kerch Bridge attack, Ukraine's covert units have never attracted so much public attention.
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The man running Israel's internal security service since 2021 is no longer holding back on the threats hanging over the Israeli state, not the least the dangers presented by the Jewish settlements. At the same time, he has responded to the emergence of new armed groups in the West Bank by focusing efforts on the territory, even at the risk of falling out with Ramallah and Cairo.
Best known for its intelligence operations, Shin Bet has other more mundane duties in the political and diplomatic life of the state of Israel. Escorting delegations travelling abroad and playing a role in the expansion of the country's tourist industry are also part of its duties.
Because of its broad scope, the French financial intelligence service Tracfin, if used well, could become a handy intelligence warfare tool. But after Maryvonne Le Brignonen's controversial directorship the unit is facing numerous challenges, both internal and external.
Although French financial intelligence service Tracfin has grown fast in line with its growing responsabilities in recent years, it has been finding it more difficult to keep its technical capacities up to speed. Its 'Sirano' big data platform programme, which was first developed by Capgemini, is running five years late.
Israel's Shin Bet now has a former Israeli combat unit veteran at its helm in Ronan Bar. The new chief is expected to deploy an increasing amount of intelligence technology as the internal intelligence service moves more strongly into the Palestinian territories while keeping close tabs on Israel's Arab population.
Vladimir Putin's recent reframing of the role of the FSB gives some indication of the direction the soon to be announced national security strategy will go in, spanning the seas, borders and strategically important information security.