Former PM Raffarin helps Saudi-French Business Council aiming for involvement in MbS's projects
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the former prime minister who became the French government's envoy for China, has recently made his mark on the Saudi-French business networks. For many French companies, that has resulted in a reorientation of their focus towards Mohammed bin Salman's large-scale plans.
New NATO member Finland launches electronic warfare overhaul
Since joining the alliance in April, the Finnish army has embarked on a complete rethink of its technical intelligence technologies strategy. This shift comes as the SIGINT market undergoes significant changes, with Swedish manufacturers being overtaken by their US and Israeli rivals.
Council of State rejects private investigator Sanier's appeal in case against industry watchdog
The case pitting French investigator Sanier against the private security operators regulator CNAPS raises a legal point that could lead to many employees of corporate intelligence firms having to officially register as a private investigator.
Chinese surveillance firms Hikvision and Dahua targeted by Ukrainian investigators Free
Ukrainian investigative collective Underdog - the UnLawyers has alerted the government agencies of the widespread use of surveillance tools by these two major Chinese companies operating in the country. The firms' potential support for the Russian offensive has raised several questions.
Ukrainian and Western intelligence services consider options for collaboration on vetting foreign combatants
Informal consultations are currently underway between the SBU, Interpol and various Western intelligence services that could lead to new standardised procedures for sharing data on individuals wanted in their countries of origin.
Indictment exposes SVR industrial spy's former defence partners
While the US Department of Justice's probe into Greek businessman Nikolaos Bogonikolos focuses on goods illegally exported to Russia's intelligence services, the man at the heart of the investigation long worked in the same circles as several European defence groups.
Culture ministry pursues PR drive to promote security forces
Apart from the honours regularly awarded by the president, the Ukrainian state is working on longer-term public relations campaigns praising the commitment of the country's soldiers and volunteers, including those working in intelligence. It has recruited a number of outside contractors to this end.
London keeps on private security provider in Moscow
Faced with the difficulty of running background checks and the sensitive nature of conducting private security activities in Moscow on behalf of foreign interests, many state clients are having to keep on the same providers without being able to change their terms.