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Woolwich Laboratory and Technical Intelligence

In earlier posts I highlighted some of the technical intelligence activities carried out by the Allies regarding WW2 Nazi UAVs and the acquisition of systems from the German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee. Actually, some Technical Intelligence operations go back much earlier in history. Over on another blog site here. I’ve detailed the development of…

Code, a Grave and a Secret

Hung on the wall of the IMSL office is a puzzle, which surrounds a course photograph from 1918, at the US Military school of decoding. Also in the same frame is portrait of Francis Bacon and a copy of his code “crib” sheet. I have blogged before about these matters before here. In summary, the…

New Technology, New Intelligence

New technology often enables new forms of intelligence, either directly or indirectly – and frequently in unexpected directions. Here are some examples: The development of drone technology allows the use of a drone as an intelligence gathering platform – one of the aspects of drones that the IMSL IKARUS service keeps close tabs on as…

The Graf Spee Rangefinder

In an earlier post a few years ago on this blog, I discussed the Technical Intelligence operation surrounding the recovery of intelligence from the Graf Spee. The Graf Spee was a German “pocket battleship” scuttled by the Nazis just off the port of Montevideo in 1939 after the Battle of the River Plate. The key…

Odin’s Ravens and Intelligence

Driving back from a meeting today I was listening to BBC Radio 4’s Natural Histories program, this episode. The fascinating subject was ravens, including one actually talking. No kidding. But there was also a link to the world of intelligence. One aspect of the story was intriguing in particular and that is the role of two ravens in Norse history…

Drones, Cyber and IED Threats

Today we are faced with three technologies that are changing the way warfare and crime (against the state or otherwise) can be prosecuted. These technologies are related to Drones, Cyber and IEDs.

I can’t believe it’s not Buddha, either

In my last post I mentioned a Leo Tolstoy “quote”. As you will have worked out, it was completely fake. You may have also worked out that I’m a tiny bit obsessed with fakery and falsehood, or where laziness leads otherwise intelligent people to believe what they read on the internet without critical thought, as…

Intelligence Analysis, Tolstoy and Narratives

I’ve blogged before about the importance, and danger, of “narratives” in delivering intelligence analysis to consumers.  Human beings absorb narratives instinctively, and indeed I think there is a “narrative bias” – if we are told things that are part of a story, we are more inclined to believe it, and indeed if we are writing…