Jane's Intelligence Review

  • Monitoring militant activity online – November/December 2017

    Global Islamic State video foreshadows shift On 29 November, the Islamic State’s official propaganda channel on Telegram published a sequel to the group’s Al-Hayat Media Center’s 2014 video, ‘Flames of War’. It received an unusually enthusiastic reception among Islamic

  • Social media posts reveal submarine deployments

    Key Points Submariners may be identified on social media, despite generally demonstrating a higher level of operational security than most other military personnel, particularly if social network analysis is performed on their online activity. Submerged submarines cannot be tracked using open

  • Pressures build on Venezuelan president

    Key Points The escape from house arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma may have involved some degree of military complicity, although overall military loyalty appears assured. Purges, promotions, and access to economic resources are tools used by Venezuelan President Nicolás

  • Special forces upgrade cyber-warfare capabilities

    Key Points Initiatives are being examined across the international special operations community to increase defensive and offensive toolsets for tactical cyber-warfare applications. Desired capabilities include pre-strike cyber ‘artillery barrages’, malware insertion to disable enemy

  • Sudanese president’s request for Russian support likely to expedite US decision to remove Sudan from terrorism list

    Key Points The US will probably remove Sudan from the SST before end-December, owing to sustained progress in counter-terrorism co-operation and on regional security. Although President Bashir asked for Russia’s support against alleged “US aggressive acts” on 23 November, this is


  • Artificial intelligence begins to transform security landscape

    Artificial intelligence has advanced rapidly in line with computer processing power and the proliferation of data. Professor Hussein Abbass considers how artificial intelligence and trusted autonomous systems could change the way intelligence and security organisations process and respond to information
  • China integrates long-range surveillance capabilities

    As China seeks to expand its control over its maritime approaches and to operate further afield, it has developed its space- and ground-based long-range surveillance capabilities. Andrew Tate looks at these assets and considers the capabilities that they deliver
  • Stratollites set to provide persistent-image capability

    Persistent remote imaging of a target area is a capability previously unavailable to OSINT analysts. Allison Puccioni examines how the advent of stratollites, alongside growing constellations of small satellites, is set to radically change the outlook
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  • Qatar signs for Eurofighters

    Qatar’s extensive fighter-recapitalisation effort continued on 10 December with the announcement that the Gulf state had signed for a number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The announcement, which was made by Eurofighter consortium member and lead for the Qatari programme, BAE Systems, covers 24