Canadian Intelligence Eh!

Mark Ericson – The importance of alliances in intelligence sharing

Episode 115 – Phil talks with NSA veteran linguist Mark Ericson on these matters.

Canada is part of what is called the ‘5 eyes’ intelligence sharing club (Australia, New Zealand, UK and US are other four members). How important is this? How is Canada viewed in this arrangement?

Borealis talks with NSA veteran linguist Mark Ericson on these matters.

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Canadian Intelligence Eh

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About my guest Mark Ericson

Mark Ericson was a Japanese language analyst and foreign affairs officer with the National Security Agency who retired in 2017 after 37 years with NSA. Raised by missionary parents in Japan, he obtained his PhD in Japanese history from the University of Hawaii and taught at the university level before taking a position with NSA in 1980. Early in his career there, he became the first NSA language analyst to be seconded to the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

At the other end of his career, in the two years before he retired, he was seconded to the U.S. Cyber Command to help develop that command’s foreign partnership program. He currently resides in northeast Florida where he teaches Asian history and Japanese culture online for the University of Maryland Global Campus and spends his spare time scouring the local beaches for shark teeth.

About the host Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

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