DGSI hampered by police culture
France’s internal intelligence service, headed by Patrick Calvar, appears unable to implement reforms because of its predominant police culture. [...]
The DGSE (Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure) is France’s external intelligence service. Operating all over the world, the agents of its operations department, or DO, and intelligence department, DR, have distinguished themselves recently in Africa and the Middle East. The service’s technical department, or DT, is France’s dedicated interceptions service, like Britain’s GCHQ or the NSA in the US.
The French intelligence services have come under fire for failing to prevent the terror attacks in Paris on November 13. But while there were undoubtedly mistakes, intelligence service insiders blame administrative delays, political inaction and indecisiveness. Waiting not doing - On [...]
There is a series of very real obstacles to the air strikes against Islamic State in Syria that French President François Hollande announced France would to carry out at the beginning of September, Intelligence Online can reveal. Shortage of reconnaissance pods [...]