German Military Intelligence Officer and Trainer Ole Donner on Intelligence Education – Episode 49


    Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today we are talking to Ole Donner. Ole is a former German Bundeswehr Officer and analyst. He spent time his teaching intelligence strategies, such as structured analytic techniques. Now he has own training and consulting company called Gründer Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for Intelligence and Security Management. We discussed his time in the military, how to get into intelligence in Germany, tradecraft, key intelligence readings and much more.

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    We Spoke About:

    • 0:51 – Ole’s background
    • 4:57 – Getting into the military and intelligence corps
    • 07:06 – Careers pathways into intelligence in Germany
    • 11:02 – How does Germany’s culture affect perspective on intelligence?
    • 12:52 – What role do contractors play in German intelligence?
    • 15:11 – Why Ole start Gründer Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland
    • 18:24 – The intelligence training landscape
    • 23:30 – Bottle necks in the process of making intellignece products
    • 28:08 – How to break into the intelligence industry beyond Germany and key readings
    • 33:03 – Using AIMS to improve intelligence dissemination
    • 36:24 – When do the Grey Dynamics courses start?
    • 37:27 – Ole’s intelligence course
    • 42:00 – Is social media effecting attentions spans and how does that effect intelligence analysis
    • 47:21 – Cultural Recommendations

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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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