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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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Active Measures: The Tradecraft

Active measures: A short Intro Active Measures (In Russian, “aktivnye meropriyatiya”) was coined in the 1920s. It is a broad concept generally referring to Russian offensive operations that are designed to spread disinformation, deceive, and sabotage foreign nations. In real…

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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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Little Blue Men: China & US Privateering

In recent years, China rapidly increased its global power. One of its main focus is the nine-dash line maritime claim. It was rejected going against the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as part of the line…

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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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