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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

In an era of rising peer rivals, secure connectivity is an essential capability for the Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance. The five nations are pursuing a range of advances to achieve this goal, from technologies in satellite communications (SATCOM) to cyber and electromagnetic activities (CEMA).

 

FVEY is a grouping of long-time military and intelligence allies: US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The alliance traces its origins to the end of the Second World War and the onset of the Cold War, with the member states bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement for joint cooperation in defence intelligence, HUMINT and SIGINT.

 

The world is growing more challenging for the alliance, which is today faced with its most potent state rivals since the fall of the Soviet Union, in the form of Russia and China. This is on top of the threat from aggressive regional powers such as Iran and North Korea.

The international order and threats are changing, while there remains a need to maintain campaign momentum against violent extremist organisations, according to General David Goldfein, then chief of staff of the US Air Force (USAF), speaking at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Air & Space Power Conference (ASPC) in London in July 2019...

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FACTS

1946

ALLIANCE FORMED

5

NATIONS INCLUDED

1990s

ECHELON NETWORK APPEARS

14

NATIONS IN SIGINT SENIORS EUROPE

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

In the Five Eyes Connectivity podcast special, we first looked at the changing face of modern warfare across the land, sea and air domains through the prism of three key technology areas: Satellite communications, line of sight data links and cybersecurity.

 

Now we will take a deeper dive into the programmes, projects, and priorities for each of the FVEY countries and highlight challenges and opportunities for this evolving environment.

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