DGSE swallows up €2bn in resources
France's external intelligence service has launched some major works to increase its interceptions capacities and make room for new staff. Some bugetary juggling has been involved.
Thales is a defense electronics company in aerospace and defense industries. It came into being with the merger of Alcatel, Dassault Electronic and Thomson CSF and inherited the latter company’s naval activity, which it has developed in recent years. Thales now operates in 50 countries and has become a leading player in the defense industry.
As France's military procurement unit and defence innovation agency ramp up their drone programmes, the Air Force's special forces are beginning to test the intelligence-gathering capabilities of home-grown manufacturers during their annual drill.
The DGSE is officially absent from Multi-Int data platform projects being developed by the defence and interior minstries. However, while continuing to go it alone, the external intelligence service is quietly playing a role in other services' projects.
Last week's Idex fair gave International Golden Group (IGG), both the UAE partner of foreign defence groups and tool to Mohammed bin Zayed's regional diplomacy, an opportunity to showcase its latest industrial alliances, including a partnership with Atos, Chinese group Norinco and the Israeli Elbit.
GEOINT specialist BlackSky's merger with Osprey to go public, a decision strongly backed by Peter Thiel, shows the operators are willing to change business model in order to win major contracts with US intelligence services.