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Who Needs TECHINT?

That’s a really important thing to grasp. MH-17 entered the range of a SA-11 weapons system in circumstances when one wouldn’t trust the man on the trigger.

Of course, you have nothing to hide…

Your data is your very own data, and you have choices in how that is used. But it’s sensible to work out what data you are creating and leaving in your digital exhaust. It’s also sensible to work out the implications. Your phone does a better job of tracking and recording your temporal and geospatial activity than…

Quote Machiavelli Unquote

Machiavelli quote – his views on introducing “new order’ into organisations. Reform will be resisted!

Technical Intelligence and Radio Controlled Bombs

The title of this post may have drawn you here under false pretences. I’m not writing about classified Tech Int aspects of radio controlled IEDs. But, as ever, a little dive into history usually provides us with forgotten lessons. So this piece is about the TECHINT operations to defeat German WW2 guided bombs and early cruise missiles used to attack Allied shipping convoys. For those of you familiar with IED jammer technology and “CREW” and the modern TECHINT operations associated with that battle, I think you’ll get some deja vu! As ever, we tend to view the challenges of today through an odd prism, assuming we are the first to face such issues, not appreciating that the challenges we face have usually occurred in the past, if we look hard enough.

U-505

I’ve written before about some historical technical intelligence operations , including the WW2 technical intelligence operations surrounding Nazi V1 and V2 rockets. Here’s a parallel story about the capture of U-Boat U-505 and the operation which resulted in significant crypto and technical intelligence

Pushing the Enemy Towards Your Exploitative Capabilities.

Some thoughts linked to the forthcoming centenary of the Great War, and also to the Middle East, which once again is in flames. I’ve blogged on another site before about “Bimbashi Garland” a former Ordnance Corps ammunition examiner who became a key person in the Arab Bureau, working with Lawrence of Arabia to attack the…

The Cuckoo in the Nest

What once was Syria and Iraq is now turning into a something very strange and dangerous. ISIS, having surprised people by its rapid seizure of western Iraq, is now surprising us in other ways. They are a dangerous beast and this is why: In many ways they are more radical than Al Qaeda. These are…

Fbi, Svbeev and Norwich

Interesting article here about social media acronyms, and the importance for analysts to understand them. I love the little dig at the FBI after they produced a dossier for intelligence analysts listing the meaning of social media acronyms – “most of us manage just fine with Google, but these people can’t resist a good dossier”.…

The Beat of the Drum

There’s a very good article here, from the Atlantic, about ISIS’s extremely sophisticated social media. A few year’s ago all the talk was how the Israeli Defence Force optimised social media before their last big Gaza push. But the sophistication of the ISIS social media goes well beyond that. So called sophisticated western technologically advanced…

Heroes, Pundits and the Great Game

The soccer World Cup and its attendant TV coverage remind me that once there were other definitions of the word “pundit”. And the Great Game had little do with soccer. Forgive me, but some heroic story-telling is called for – it’s quite a tale. Back in the 19th century, in the days of the British…