Lebanese telecom tycoon Joe Zoghzoghi tries hand at defence
Zoghzoghi, the business partner of several European defence groups in the Middle East, wants to boost his activity in the defence sector.
GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, is responsible for communications interceptions on behalf of the British government and the military. It often works in tandem with its US counterpart and it was tarnished by the Edward Snowden affair, which brought to light many of the joint monitoring programs it operates with the US such as Prism and Tempora.
The first woman to head the technical intelligence agency can draw on a wealth of government experience. This will enable GCHQ to adapt to external threats and meet domestic challenges, particularly in terms of diversifying its workforce.
PR consultant Jeff Townsend is currently in demand with the British authorities, who are alarmed about their dependence on China for rare metals. He is taking advantage of the situation to champion the creation of an industrial alliance between the Five Eyes countries in this domain.
The veteran MP and chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee Julian Lewis was not necessarily destined to become the guardian of the unit's capabilities. Behind the committee's complaints of a lack of communication from the intelligence services and government lurks a battle with much higher stakes:
US investor Advent is substantially remodelling its new subsidiary, the British military and intelligence supplier Ultra Electronics, in response to UK government sovereignty concerns in the wake of the firm's sale last August.
The Republican Party's chaotic election of its speaker to the House of Representatives sent shivers all the way to Kyiv, which hoped that Kevin McCarthy would be elected without a glitch. Ukraine's consultants in Washington were also highly concerned by the events.
Across the globe, after long months of hushed conversations and quiet meetings in secret hideaways, spies are working on their holiday shopping lists. This week, Intelligence Online looks into the Christmas-time tradecraft goodies on offer, from pop culture spy gear to big ticket items for the brave gift giver.
Appointed after the sacking of her predecessor Paz Esteban, who approved the use of Pegasus spyware to monitor Catalan separatists, Esperanza Casteleiro has begun reviewing the Spanish intelligence service's priorities, despite being weakened by internal opposition.
Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and with one eye on developments in the US, Britain's parliamentary International Development Select Committee is calling for the intelligence community to support the Foreign Office's new Office for Conflict, Stabilisation and Mediation (OCSM).
The current head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and former head of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a living symbol of the Australian intelligence sector's determination to raise its game to meet the perceived threat posed by China.