Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Where Britain's MI6 agents are trained

     MI6 remains a rather elusive intelligence agency, so the actual training facility may be plural, “facilities.” We all know that CIA case officers are trained at the “Farm” in a remote part of Virginia, but agent training for MI6 may take place in some locations that are unknown. However, it appears the publicly-known training facility is at Fort Monckton in Portsmouth. It’s also referred to as “No.1 Military Training Establishment” by the British Army and Britain’s  Ministry of Defence is located there.

MI6 training occurs at Fort Monckton, Portsmouth
     Former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson wrote the book “The Big Breach,” where it’s mentioned that Fort Monckton is the Secret Intelligence Service’s (MI6) field training center, the place where MI6 agents learn basic and advanced field training tactics.

     MI6 (SIS) agents train for six months in the “Intelligence Officer's New Entry Course” (IONEC) program and learn how to recruit and handle agents, how to operate under a cover identity and various tradecraft skills such as the use of dead drops, surveillance and counter-surveillance techniques, secret writing and the use of codes. This all takes place at Fort Monckton, Portsmouth.

     But, as mentioned above the SIS is flexible and may have other ephemeral training facilities elsewhere. For example, SIS had its hands in teaching Mujahideen fighters to use heavy weapons on islands off Western Scotland. The SAS Revolutionary Warfare Wing (RWW) did the actual training, but SIS agents were present. The Mujahideen soldiers were shuttled between Scotland and Pakistan by a C-130 operated by a small cadre of RAF special forces pilots, who worked closely with SIS operations.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. writes the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 "Spy Agency Happenings!": Trumps ties to Russia

President Trump's financial and personal ties to Russia remain
murky, for now
     This March 1, 2017 issue of "Spy Agency Happenings!" focuses on Trump's overall relationship with the U.S. Intelligence Community. Here's some highlights:
  • President Trump keeps Tweeting negative comments about Intelligence Community.
  • Should a special prosecutor probe into Trump's ties to Russian?
  • Trump's orders renew tension with U.S. spy agencies.
  • What is the scope of the U.S. Intelligence Community's investigation into Trump's ties to Russian?
  • Trump disrupts the Western spy alliance.
  • Security analyst claims Trump will gut the Intelligence Community to cover up Russian hacks. 
     There's also plenty of relevant videos to watch, too! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Should a special prosecutor probe into Trump's ties to Russia?

Trump paid "100's of millions" by Russian oligarchs

      Today, a top Republican legislator said America needs a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's alleged ties to Russia? What do you think? Please take the POLL and see how your opinion compares with others. Feel free to leave a comment if you wish:
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have Jeff Sessions appoint special prosecutor for Flynn case.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits next to Flynn at an exhibition marking the
10th anniversary of RT (Russia Today) in Moscow on Dec. 10, 2015. Photo taken
by Mikhail Klimentyev/AP 

     Did Mike Flynn break the law when he talked to the Russian Ambassador? Did the Trump campaign contact Russian intelligence services? What is the relationship between Trump's team and the Russian government? What did Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump know, and when did they know it?
     We, the American people deserve answers. That's why I signed a petition to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, which says:

 "As an advisor to the Trump campaign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is too close to the situation. We call on Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate."

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Trump collusion with Russia needs independent investigation!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


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Monday, February 13, 2017

The CIA wants foreign language speakers

CIA needs foreign language experts 

     I believe the CIA is desperate to hire linguists. The Director of National Intelligence issued a May 2012 directive that improved foreign language skills throughout the U.S. intelligence community, and the CIA knows that foreign language interpretation by linguists is "essential to the performance of intelligence missions and operations."
     Remember Leon Panetta, the former CIA Director? Years ago, he doubled the number of analysts and collectors who were proficient in languages, particularly those that were mission critical. He set out to increase by 50% the number of people with the right language skills to serve in language-use positions. He also transformed the way CIA trains its officers in foreign language capabilities and increased the number of officers in full-time language training (Increased the number of officers from the National Clandestine Service in full-time training by 50% and tripled the number of analysts from the Directorate of Intelligence in full-time training).

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     Since then, the CIA has been on a mission to recruit and retain new officers who have critical language skills. Foreign language competence for intelligence purposes extends well beyond mastery of a common vocabulary or the ability to translate a newspaper article. Shortfalls in foreign language abilities are a recurring problem in U.S. intelligence agencies, for less than 20 percent of Americans speak at least two languages. And, the Intelligence Community must find, among that population, its multilingual recruits from a much smaller pool of candidates who are willing and able to serve.
     A major constraint on HUMINT collection is the availability of personnel trained in appropriate languages. Cold War efforts required a supply of linguists in a relatively finite set of foreign languages, but today's Intelligence Community, especially the CIA, needs experts in a wider range of more obscure languages and dialects, according to CRS specialist Richard A. Best, Jr. After all, al Qaeda functions in 60 different countries around the globe!
     The CIA is boosting its ranks of foreign language speakers, with a special focus on recruiting speakers of Arabic, Mandarin (Chinese), Dari, Korean, Pashto, Farsi (Persian), Russian, Dari, and Urdu. The clandestine services refer to these as "mission critical" languages because they reflect the current world's political and military "hot spots." Linguistic fluency in these tongues are especially important if you're seeking a position in the clandestine service.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form