PODCAST: Buchanan + Manning: Signals+Tech Intel Ops and the Defence of Ukraine


A View from Afar – In this podcast, political scientist Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning analyse how New Zealand and other nations are providing intelligence expertise in the defence of Ukraine.

But are the SIGINT and TECHINT operations a part of the NATO partnership, or, a part of the Five Eyes intelligence network’s operations – where the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand share resources to acquire and coordinate global and targeted intelligence.

Does confirmation from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that New Zealand has deployed seven Defence intelligence officers to the United Kingdom and Belgium underscore a direct involvement against Russia and in defence of Ukraine by other independent nations like New Zealand?

Jacinda Ardern said the deployment would see New Zealand Defence personnel connect with their United Kingdom counterparts and assist with intelligence analysis and specifically geo-spacial analysis: “… to assist with the heightened demand for intelligence assessments. Some of our people will directly support intelligence work on the Ukraine war…” (ref. ForeignAffairs.co.nz)
Ardern said: “One will work with the existing Defence Attaché and NZ military representative to NATO, and one will work within the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.”
New Zealand has also secured extra communications equipment that will be sent to Ukraine.
  • What will the intelligence, including geo-spacial analysis, most likely be used for and how would it be derived and delivered?
  • How has western intelligence assisted Ukraine in this war and also in the targeting of Russian generals who were identified and killed during hostilities in Ukraine (ref. Washington Post)?
  • How significant has Open Source Intelligence been in the Russia Ukraine war (to date) including the use of citizen acquired video and data and its dissemination to offensive and defensive operations in the conflict?
  • And why is SIGINT and TECHINT proving to be more important than ever in this specific conflict?

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  1. Perhaps “intelligence” will be intelligent enough to see that Ukraine is a lost cause (except in the case of Ukrainian propaganda in which case its a winner).

  2. Didn’t we once take so much pride in NZ having an “independent”, well respected foreign policy?

    So what happened?

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