DIA Counterintelligence Officer and Scholar on the FSB with Kevin P. Riehle – Episode 47


    Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to Kevin Riehle. Kevin has thirty years of experience in the US intelligence community and specialises in Russia and Counter Intelligence. Retiring in 2021, Kevin now works as an academic and author. He is currently a lecturer at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). Kevin’s latest book, “The Russian FSB: A Concise History of the Federal Security Service”, takes a detailed look at the service and its activities.

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    We spoke about:

    • 0:36 – Kevin’s background
    • 5:09 – Who is the FSB?
    • 7:32 – What is the FSB’s jurisdiction 
    • 10:33 – How comparable is the FSB to intelligence organisations in the US and UK?
    • 12:22 – Could an organisation similar to the FSB exist in a democracy?
    • 13:52 – What are the functions of the FSB’s special operations units, Alpha and Vympel?
    • 19:30 – What is SMERSH, and why is it being revived?
    • 23:26 – Where does the FSB fit into Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy?
    • 26:31 – How has the FSB’s ideology evolved?
    • 31:22 – The FSB’s relationship with PMCs, far-right groups and hackers
    • 34:44 – FSB corruption and criminal activity
    • 41:50 – Kevin on counter intelligence
    • 44:34 – How did Ahmed’s time at Brunel University, studying the Intelligence & Security Studies MA, impact his career?
    • 47:19 – The importance of effective dissemination of intelligence
    • 49:43 – Cultural recommendations 
    • 52:59 – Advice to those seeking a career in intelligence

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    Ahmed Hassan
    Ahmed Hassan
    Ahmed is the CEO of Grey Dynamics. He has worked as a HUMINT specialist and focuses his writing and research on counterintelligence, Infosec, Covert Action and Space Operations. Ahmed also hosts our weekly Grey Dynamics Podcast.

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