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Structured Analytic Techniques: The Tradecraft

Structured analytic techniques question intuitive judgements by identifying a wider range of options for analysts to consider. There is no formula to get it always right, but the use of such techniques can reduce the frequency of error by analysts….

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Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, History’s Most Deadly Female Sniper

Lady Death called so for her extraordinary sniper skills was born in Belaya Tserkva, a village near Kyiv, in Ukraine, on the 12th of July 1916. Her father, Mikhail Ivanovich Belov, was a government employee, and her mother, Elena Trofimovna Belova,…

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Task Force Takuba: Special Forces in the Sahel

Task Force Takuba Task Force Takuba, named after the Takuba sword used across the Sahel, was established at the request of the Niger and Malian governments because of the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel region. Task Force Takuba was…

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Giorgio Marincola: The Black Partisan

Giorgio Marincola was born on the 23rd of September 1923 in Mahaday, a town north of Mogadishu, Somalia. His father, Giuseppe Mrincola, was an Italian infantry officer in the Somali colonies and his mother, Aschirò Hassan, was a Somali woman born…

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Krystyna Skarbek: Churchill’s Favourite Spy

Krystyna Skarbek is one of the most famous World War II heroines and Britain’s first and longest-serving female spy at the time. Her impact and determination in fighting against Nazi-occupied Europe made her SOE’s most successful operative and Winston Churchill’s…

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Nancy Wake: The Gestapo’s No.1 Most Wanted Spy

Nancy Wake, with the German given moniker “White Mouse”,  is one of the most famous spies in history and the most decorated heroines of World War II. She was a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a key figure to…

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Flintlock: Improving Sahel Security With Special Forces Training

Key Judgements  KJ-1. Flintlock likely resulted in a stronger partnership and enhanced proficiency in tactical skills between the participating African nations and their Western counterparts. The very fact that the participating nations are willing to be part of the exercise…

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Eugene Bullard: The First Black Fighter Pilot

Eugene Bullard during his flight training. The Croix de Guerre with Star he received for valour during the Battle of Verdun is visible. On the left, there is the unofficial wings worn by many French pilots. Eugene Bullard: From Columbus,…

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The Great Toyota War: Birthplace of the Technical

The Great Toyota War was the birthplace of the “technical” – light-weight Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser variants that are used in underdeveloped countries for troop transport and combat. In 480 BC, the Battle of Thermopylae took place in Greece….

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SADAT: Turkey’s Paramilitary Wings Take Flight in Africa

This Grey Dynamics African Intelligence Article analyses the SADAT paramilitary group, and the political de facto implications placed on Turkish-African relations and security amid an increase in cooperation between Turkey and African states. Turkey’s private military contractor, SADAT, has been…

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