How General Dynamics takes care of the House Armed Services Committee's chairman
Congressman Adam Smith, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, is a top ally of national security contractors. He is particularly close to General Dynamics, which his former Chief of Staff now works for. The group is also one of his key financial backers.
Europe, Russia, United States
Russia's SVR delivers damning report on Europe's munition production capacity
Like their colleagues in military intelligence, Russian foreign intelligence analysts have been looking into the question of Ukraine's munition needs - and concluded that Europe is vulnerable.
White House cyber chief struggles to find place in Washington's security ecosystem
Three years after its creation, the job of National Cyber Director remains in the shadow of US government intelligence and cybersecurity heavyweights, with former CIA executive Harry Coker struggling to coordinate the administration's strategy and regulate the private sector.
Spy Way of Life | France, Thailand, United States
The O.S.S. Bar in Bangkok, where the mystery of the Thai Silk King comes alive
The Jim Thompson House museum in Bangkok was once the home of its eponymous owner, a US spy and businessman whose disappearance in 1967 remains shrouded in mystery. Over cocktails at the adjoining O.S.S. Bar, Intelligence Online looks back at the life of the man once known as the Thai Silk King.
Spotlight | United States
CIA plays down internal 'culture wars'
The debate over generational tensions within the CIA, which is being driven by former officers who are relaying the growing exasperation of colleagues still in service, is gathering pace. The agency is nevertheless pursuing its equality and diversity policy.
Belarus, Poland, United States
Funding for Belarusian opposition media cut, a signal from US to Lukashenko
The United States, echoed by Poland, is cutting off funding to the Belarusian opposition media, in the hope of encouraging Minsk to further cool relations with Moscow.
Israel, United States
Private security contractors Constellis and SOC on frontline to secure US facilities in Israel
SOC and former Blackwater are reinforcing their armed security teams in Israel. Constellis is working for a secret Pentagon base near Beersheva that aims to give Israel advance warning of missile attacks. SOC, meanwhile, is protecting US diplomatic missions.
China, Iran, Russia, United States
Republican Foundation for Defense of Democracies lobbies for more aggressive US approach on China, Iran and Russia
FDD Action, which is affiliated with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, advocated on dozens of defence and intelligence bills last year, its recent lobby disclosure filing shows. Not all of FDD Action's chief priorities - support Ukraine, counter Russia - entirely align with those of the Trump campaign.
Spy Way of Life | Poland, Ukraine, United States
Warsaw's Panorama Sky Bar, a nightcap on the road to Kyiv
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens to meet contacts and hold discreet conversations. This week, Intelligence Online explores Warsaw's Panorama Sky Bar, where diplomats, secret agents and US contractors meet before catching the night train to Kyiv.
China, Russia, United States
Beijing purges, part 4: Guoanbu responds to US leaks in information war
While the investigation into the People's Liberation Army's strategic and nuclear force is in full swing, Beijing is also engaged in information warfare, with the Ministry of State Security seeking to strike back after leaks from US intelligence services.
Europe, Ukraine, United States
Scaled back NATO office remains active in Ukraine
With one foot in Ukraine and the other in Moldova, the transatlantic alliance is trying to make its presence felt in the Ukrainian theatre.
Ukraine, United States
Anti-graft non-profit NAKO brings former CIA executive on board
The former CIA officer and C4ADS executive, Larry Henderson, has become a board member of well-connected Ukrainian NGO NAKO, which receives funds from several governments in Europe.
ODNI in no hurry to publicise China's human rights violations
The US intelligence community has been told to strengthen its capacity to expose China's alleged human rights violations as part of a major development in the Biden administration's intelligence strategy. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence seems little inclined to act, however.
Spotlight | Russia, Ukraine, United States
Kyiv's Washington envoy at heart of Russian information campaign
Washington and an increasing number of Ukrainian political players are encouraging the Bankova presidential administration to make internal changes to reinvigorate the country's political inertia, but Moscow is leveraging this lobbying for its own purposes.
China, United States
Beijing purges, part 3: the Guoanbu tightens US embassy system
The ongoing purges within Beijing's military-diplomatic apparatus, amid spying accusations targeting the children of those in power, are forcing the security services to refocus on diplomatic facilities once more.
China, United States
DNI postpones release of China corruption report, forestalling Beijing tensions
A US Intelligence report on the corrupt activities of China's political leadership, including its President, that was set to be released last month has had its deadline extended, Intelligence Online has learned.
Iraq, United States
The 66 terabytes of documents on ISIS driving a wedge between UN and Baghdad
The Iraqi government and the United Nations investigations mission in the country, which will end this year, do not see eye to eye on who owns the thousands of pieces of evidence gathered on the Islamic State fighters.
Spymaster | United States
Jeffrey Kruse, the Pentagon's trump card for speeding up DIA's transition to strategic competition
The arrival of the three-star general at the helm of the Defense Intelligence Agency coincides with the start of a year in which strategic competition and its regional repercussions in the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East will occupy the agency more than ever.