“Alex Younger has played a vital part alongside me in modernising SIS and ensuring that the Service is in the best possible shape to play our part in defending the country’s security and our values.”
Sir John Sawers
Alexander William Younger CMG (born 4 July 1963) is a career British intelligence officer for the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) who, from November 2014 has served as the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, succeeding Sir John Sawers on his retirement. [WIKIPEDIA]
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Alex Younger, a career spy who has worked in the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) for more than 20 years, was appointed as the new head of MI6 in October 2014. He replaced Sir John Sawers.
The information revolution has fundamentally changed the operating environment for the intelligence community.
The information revolution represents both an “existential threat and a golden opportunity”.
The “internet of things” could bring new threats.
“There will be two sorts of intelligence services: those that understand this fact [the importance of the Information Revolution] and have prospered and those that don’t and haven’t. I am determined that MI6 will be in the former category.”
The Islamist terrorist threat to the West will endure for years to come because simply taking back territory from Islamic State will not solve the deeper global fractures which have fostered militants.
“Regrettably this is an enduring issue which will certainly be with us for our professional lifetime.”
“It is fuelled by a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and there are some deep social, economic and demographic drivers to the phenomenon we know as terrorism.”
Mosul and Raqqa may be re-taken from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant… There could be a continuing Sunni insurgency, its ideology having spread too far to be destroyed quickly.
Dealing with his Russian counterparts can be “very frustrating”.
Snowden had undermined trust between intelligence agencies and technology companies, and been “highly problematic”.