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Operation Ghost Stories: a Russian Spy Ring in the United States

On the 27th of June 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested ten illegal agents of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). This operation, the so-called Operation Ghost Stories dubbed the Illegals Program by the FBI, lasted for more…

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Marion Frieswyk: The First Female Intelligence Cartographer

Marion Frieswyk was a 21-year-old graduate student when the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) headhunted her for the Cartography Department of the Map Section of the OSS. Whilst at the time, the OSS did have women working within the Map…

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Aldrich Ames
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The Dangle Technique in the World of Espionage

Dangle is a term used in spy terminology and it refers to an agent who pretends to be interested in betraying their country or joining another agency. This agent has to convince the new intelligence group that they are not…

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Business Intelligence Analysts
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What Does a Business Intelligence Analyst Do?

Business Intelligence is a distinct Intelligence discipline revolving around data analysis and organisation optimisation. Business Intelligence Analysts use multiple data processing and visualisation tools to gain insights. What is Business Intelligence? Business Intelligence (BI) is the process of collecting, storing,…

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Human Intelligence
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HUMINT: The Human Intelligence Discipline

Human Intelligence? What is it? Human Intelligence (HUMINT), is a type of intelligence obtained from data gathered and supplied by human resources. HUMINT is critical for neutralising enemies, locating adversaries, and gathering information about internal and external threats. HUMINT, One…

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Intelligence Failure
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Intelligence Failure: What, When, Why and How

Intelligence Failure can be defined as when an actor does not collect and analyse information adequately, formulate sound policy based on intelligence (and other considerations), or respond effectively. This implies that Intelligence Failure can happen at multiple levels at multiple…

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Corporate Espionage
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Made in China: Corporate Espionage in the United States

Chinese subversion, in its various forms, is one of the largest geopolitical threats to the United States in contemporary times. Corporate espionage is a proven method used by the Chinese government in order to conduct an internal soft war against…

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The Intelligence Cycle
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What is an Intelligence Analyst?

The intelligence analyst has the task of collecting and analysing raw information and translate it into “finished” intelligence.

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Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
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CHIS: Covert Human Intelligence Sources

Covert Sources Defined The House of Commons and House of Lords defines a covert human intelligence source (CHIS) as “anyone who establishes or maintains a relationship with another person in order to secretly obtain or access information.” A CHIS may…

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Confidential

Frumentarii: The Secret Service of Rome

Frumentarii were a intelligence gathering force in ancient Rome. Their legacy was fascinating to view compared to early espionage practices Unofficially speaking, and as the semi-well-known yet somewhat niche cliché goes, “espionage is the world’s second oldest profession”. From ancient…

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