Friday, June 26, 2015

The corporatisation of Pine Gap


Last month the Nautilus Institute published a report that some colleagues and I put together on the expansion of satellite monitoring capabilities at various Five Eyes monitoring sites around the world.

Nautilus has now published another SIGINT-related report, this one based on research that several of us compiled on Pine Gap, one of the three key Mission Ground Stations for U.S. high-altitude SIGINT satellites (and also one of the sites discussed in the earlier report).

The new report describes the growing reliance on contractors in the operations at Pine Gap (Desmond Ball, Bill Robinson, Richard Tanter, and Philip Dorling, "The corporatisation of Pine Gap", NAPSNet Special Reports, 24 June 2015.)

A summary of the report can be read here.

See also this news article: Philip Dorling, "Only one in 10 Pine Gap spies is employed by Australian government," Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2015.

There's more stuff in the pipeline on Pine Gap, but I also intend to get back to regular posting on more directly Canadian-related matters.

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