intelsignalRobert K. Ackerman
(He has been the editor in chief of SIGNAL Magazine for more than 20 years. A seasoned technology journalist, Ackerman also has served as a war correspondent covering the Iraq War embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division)


Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

Evolving threats and new collection methods compel a shift in direction.

Legacy methods and arcane rules are hamstringing U.S. intelligence analysis at a time when it should be innovating. From training, which needs to shift emphasis to more basic skills, to collection and processing, which must branch into nontraditional areas, intelligence must make course corrections to solve inflexibility issues, according to a onetime intelligence official. Read more

usbordercontrol9Intelligence agencies sharing identification information fills gaps.

By Shaun Waterman


The Department of Homeland Security interagency National Vetting Center has created an information clearinghouse that automatically checks the names of foreigners applying to come to the United States against highly classified databases in various intelligence agencies. The clearinghouse relies on a cloud architecture that agencies are building to share information and lays the foundation for powerful new tools that could leverage artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to help find foreign travelers who might be a threat to U.S. national security. Read more

mil9By Major Thomas Dyrenforth, U.S. Army and Major Sean McMahon, U.S. Army

Published at RIEAS web site ( on 1 February 2020

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


In 2017, the United States budgeted over $100 million for the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. However, no standard metric exists to determine whether this program is a success. Additionally, although several indicators suggest that the most strategically valuable aspect of the IMET program is the individual relationships it establishes between students and the U.S. government, graduate management and continued engagement are non-standardized and largely neglected. This paper identifies measurements of program effectiveness as a key knowledge gap in assessing the IMET program’s level of success. Additionally, the authors conclude that lack of coordinated IMET graduate management has resulted in significant underutilization of key strategic resources. Therefore, this paper recommends that improvements must be made to program metrics and graduate management in order to realize maximum benefit from the IMET program. Read more

ZNAFCopyright: @ 2020 (EYE SPY Intelligence Magazine,No. 125, 2019-20, page:49, UK)

Note: John M Nomikos is Greece/Balkans Editor for EYE SPY Intelligence Magazine, UK.

Germany’s primary intelligence services have joined in a programme to train new operatives and students in the art of intelligence collection, analysis and use of. Dubbed “Berlin’s Spy School” by the German media, the centre is attached to the new $ 1.1 billion headquarters of the country’s foreign intelligence Service – Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) in the city centre; here some 4,000 personnel are stationed. Externally, the organization employs 3,000 personnel in 300 locations around the world. These are within its embassies...Read more

pastfuture99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 21 December 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)

“History never repeats itself but it rhymes”
Mark Twain

Ankara is bubbling with war fever. President-for-life Erdogan, and his cabinet surrogates, miss no opportunity to remind the world Turkey is a superpower (of sorts) and never will accept being “disrespected” by other states. In fact, the Islamist neo-Ottoman strongman informed the world recently that “We [Turks] … are not foreigners, definitely not the other in Europe, instead, we are the host in Europe today as it has been throughout the history.”...Read more

southeastasia6Leo S.F. Lin
(Senior Analyst, Research Institute for European and American Studies)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 15 December 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)


Chinese Organized Crime (OC) or Chinese Triads , like Japanese Yakuza, is one of the most notorious of the Asian crime organizations, which have survived since the 19th century. Traditionally, Chinese OC operates exclusively within their ethnic groups and in a more hierarchical organizational structure. In these triad organizations, members of the OC groups have to follow precise rules, rituals, oaths, codes of conduct, and chains of command (Lo 2010). Such structural control facilitates the triads to effectively control territories to run illicit activities (Chin and Chin 1990, Lo 1984)...Read more

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