Posts By: Jacob Charles

Trouble brewing

Matthew Borie reports on the growing tension in the Middle East and considers what the future holds On 1 April, Israel reportedly conducted precision airstrikes on the Iranian embassy compound in Syria’s capital, Damascus, specifically targeting the consular annex​. Israel claimed the consular annex was being used by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for planning military operations against Israel,… Read more »

Tough enough

Fred Kao reveals how rugged technology is revolutionising the military and defence sector Identifying emerging opportunities within the rugged technology sector is never an exact science, particularly in volatile economic markets, but the past 12 months have highlighted its increasing importance within the military and defence sector. Its emerging role in improving communication and productivity… Read more »

Looking forward

Sam Stockwell and Megan Hughes explore future Biometric trends for policing and law enforcement This article explores how future developments in biometric technology could provide new opportunities for policing and law enforcement agencies. As the integration of AI into biometric systems expands the types of data and applications available, organisations using this technology could, in… Read more »

Call of duty

Debbie Heald MBE examines how Brits rate 2024 event safety in the wake of Protect Duty updates Heald surveyed 2,000 Brits to uncover their perception of safety at public gatherings during the year ahead. This timely investigation gains significance in light of recent Protect Duty updates, including the recent six-week public consultation. This consultation is… Read more »

The all-seeing eye

Karen Kingham reports on how screening is giving airport security operatives the edge Air travel is part of the lifeblood of the global economy, facilitating access to international markets through business and tourist travel bringing in trade, revenue and investment. If air travel is the lifeblood, then airports are the nodes through which all that… Read more »

Time for a rethink?

Stephen Robinson considers the resilience and fall of France in WW2, rethinking its tactical performance in 1940 Stereotypical views of the French Army are still powerful factors in accounts of the French campaign in 1940. Their defeat is often depicted as resulting from a backward firepower doctrine echoing back to 1918 that failed to withstand… Read more »

Lessons in security

Jack Porter looks at how universities can improve their defences in the face of mounting attacks Universities are increasingly a target for attackers because of their societal impact, with attackers resorting to extortion and ransomware to steal research data or knowledge and using the university’s infrastructure to monetise assets or disrupt and destroy. They’re particularly… Read more »

Democracy under fire

Beth Hepworth considers a big year for global elections in this digital threat forecast 2024 is set to be a monumental year for democracy; with over two billion people across 50 countries going to the polls to elect representatives at local, national and intra-continental levels. This includes elections in some of the world’s most populous… Read more »

Warning signs

Patrick Rea examines the mental health challenges facing the security sector The mental health of security personnel in the UK is under unprecedented strain, a situation brought into sharp relief by a landmark 2020 study by Professor Mark Button, Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. This… Read more »


Paul D Turner examines the growing role that AI plays in signals intelligence and technical surveillance countermeasures Perhaps dangerously overused and misunderstood, AI plays a significant role within SIGINT/TSCM across administrative and deployment-oriented signal analysis, analytics and reporting, as a path to clarity of large intelligence data subsets. AI and Machine Learning (ML) can be… Read more »