British Intelligence: Money Issues, Performance Concerns and “Competition” from The Private Sector
British MPs, from the Intelligence and Security Committee, are worried about the performance of the country’s three main intelligence agencies, as they lose “whizzes” (highly capable performers) to the private sector, which pays them three times more. According to the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), inflation is forcing an 11.3 percent reduction in budgets, since April 2011. And who will benefit from the human resources, which the British government can’t afford? Well, the likes of Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other mega players in the ‘real world’.
Not long ago, I wrote (here) about how Apple recently hired David Rice, as its new Cyber Security Chief - Mr. Rice is a former NSA official and U.S. Naval Officer. So this seems like a well-adopted strategic trend by the private sector, which apparently is taking by surprise those, who are supposed to be ahead of everybody’s M.O. game. Meaning, the performance of intelligence agencies could already be suffering, and not just in the United Kingdom.
If MI5 and MI6 can’t keep their ‘James Bonds’ happy – and no one is asking for an Aston Martin here – this could certainly affect, not just the moral of the ‘spooks’, but also the trust of those, who depend on them for domestic security and oversees espionage. Great missions reward the conscience; but just because a hacker group tries to inspire some to simply do it “for the lulz”, it doesn’t mean our top intelligence personnel shouldn’t be paid, what they command. Governments and the private sector should, really, unite their 'kingdoms' and 'states', for one common purpose: to get their priorities right. After all, what is the price of our safety?