Sunday, November 8, 2015

Intelligence News

Corporate Espionage and Drones. Have you ever operated a Raven UAV? (See photo of Raven at left). You may have new job possibilities in after your hitch in the Army in corporate spying. In a look to the future one writer imagines small private drones flying by corporate headquarters capturing writing on whiteboards in corporate boardrooms recording secrets via camera. Far fetched? Read "The corporate espionage that flies below the radar", C4ISR & Networks, October 26, 2015.

Book Review - The Billion Dollar Spy. David E. Hoffman has penned a true story of cold war espionage and betrayal. His book is reviewed by Benjamin Wittes. Read the review in "A True Cold War Spy Thriller with Contemporary Relevance"Lawfare Blog, October 27, 2015.

British Officer to be Dep Dir of DoD Intel Agency. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has chosen Air Vice Marshal Sean Corbett of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) as a deputy director. Read more in a news report by The Atlantic Council, November 2, 2015.

Big Data Intelligence Symposium. On November 17-18, 2015 the Defense Strategies Institute will host a symposium for intelligence professions.

AF Awards DCGS Training Contract. Aptima has been awarded a $12 million contract to develop a weapons trainer for the Air Forces's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). (C4ISR & Networks, Oct 30, 2015).

New 007 Movie - Spectre. Daniel Craig's fourth Bond film has been released. Should be an exciting movie for all those Intel geeks out there. However, indications are that Craig will do one more Bond film and then he is finished with the 007 character. There are many who wonder who can replace him. Some in the New England (USA) area have their favorite guy in mind. Read "7 Reasons Tom Brady should be the next James Bond",,  November 6, 2015.

193 James Bond Gadgets. Great 15 min video.

NGA Has New Commercial GEOINT Strategy. "The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is targeting private industry's capabilities in imagery and big data analytics as part of a broader, new commercial strategy in the GEOINT field. (C4ISR & Networks, Oct 29, 2015).

Not So Intelligent. A Soldier attempted to enter Fort Bragg dressed as a suicide bomber, complete with a fake explosive vest (it's a Halloween thing I guess). Needless to say - it caused a bit of a stir at the entry gate. (Army Times, Nov 2, 2015).

OPM Breach, Security Clearances, and Jobs. The hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by China has slowed hiring for jobs requiring a security clearance. The hack has had a negative effect on cleared recruiting across the industry. Read more in "Got a Clearance? Getting a Job Just Got Harder", Defense One, October 26, 2015.

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