The 'tap on the shoulder works'. Don't call us, we'll call you.
There are some very good, and more obvious reasons why the tap on the shoulder method of recruitment works. It has been used since the begiining and will continue to be used in the future. It works. Why? Apart from the obvious i.e the avoidance of "walk in's" which therefore eliminates the prospects of a double agent entering the organisation, there are less obvious, more subtle (less Policitcally Correct) benefits. We recently wrote about the "Buddhist Spy" and highlighted how removing temptation from an Intelligence (or Operational) Officer as well as an Agent, was often critical in aiding autonomy in the field, as well as trust. The process of targeting an asset for recrutiment is of course completley different and conducted by entirely different people compared to those involved in the more 'vanilla' graduate recrutiment campaigns. That said, there are some cross-overs. There are also some serious deficiencies and limitations to the more exclusionary Oxbridge focussed pool of candidates. In essence there is no one way. There are lots of types needed to fit into an organisation like MI6 or MI5, and representatives from all walks of life and parts of society will be included. The days of Kim Philby certainly highlighted how 6 can get caught with their draws down in Oxford and Cambridge, and indeed they did...in some cases literally. Things probably have not changed that much and there will still be the ususal contingent of 'Russian Reps' walking the cobbled paths of Trinity. It all depends on the job in hand.
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Finding one person or one nation to blame is just going to waste time. Focus is on the here and now, and then recovery.
At times like these, finding someone to blame or accusing various Governments or Organisations of acting too late or irresponsibly is a luxury one can only afford in times..... not like these. Of course, there will be criticisms, there will conspiracy theories and who knows, maybe some of them might be true. But what remains, is what it is. So the UK Government will be trying to find a fair balance between delivering some positive soundbites (the 'noble lies' we referred to) and keeping order, and the mammoth task of committing resources at the right time and in the right places.
Of course, this is a war. It is a war we have been preparing for and a war which unlike in previous years
Blockchain. Crypto was the warm up....how tech development works in the real world.
Blockchain technology is now entering its teenage years, and yet the general public still either knows very little about it, or assumes it is "something to do with bitcoin". (that's the most common one). The exact origins will probably never be known for sure, but its application in numerous other industries and systems is more certain. If we simply follow the money, we can see where the investment is currently taking place and it is not just financial markets. Plans are already in the pipeline for the next generation where blockchain laid the foundations, and where aspirations go somewhat higher than just bitcoin.