US keeps ear to ground in Afghanistan
While NATO ISAF troops are due to withdraw at the end of this year, Washington is planning to maintain its intelligence capacities in Afghanistan with the help of private contractors. [...]
Raytheon is one of the world’s biggest defence companies. It is the principal supplier of missiles to the Department of Defense and it is at the forefront of innovation in electronic warfare.
In Central Asia, like the Middle East, electronic border protection has become the latest must-have technology. But although the countries concerned are in a hurry to respond to urgent problems, the European defence industry is increasingly reticent about supplying such [...]
Since the shrinking budgets of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) can no longer support the industry alone, the Obama administration has gradually lifted the barriers forbidding foreign exports of US-built military satellites and very [...]
One of recently-appointed new French military intelligence chief General Pierre de Villiers' major tasks is to reform military intelligence within the armed forces, an area whose weaknesses came to light during France's Operations Serval and Harmattan in Mali and Libya. [...]
Chief executive of Blenheim Capital Partners since its foundation in 2006, Grant Rogan has been active in the Gulf since the 1980s. His father, Richard Grant Rogan, was already a connoisseur of the region. Middle East director of Northrop Grumman in the 1970s, he was a regular contact of Adnan Khashoggi, the famous Saudi arms dealer. His son, Grant, quickly opted to specialise in the discreet offs [...]
Fadel Al Kaabi, formerly of the Tawazun sovereign fund, set up the International Golden Group (IGG) in 2002. The company, which is headed by Fadel's uncle, former armed forces deputy chief of staff Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, specialises in partnerships with Western defence groups like France's Thales, Britain's BAE, Paramount of South Africa and Italy's Selex. In 2013, IGG also went into partnership [...]