Within KPMG’s building in Canary Wharf, eight teams from City organisations pitted their skills against each other last night (1 March) in the ultimate competition to find London’s most able team of analysts.
Set by the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, the challenge takes the teams through a military scenario, evaluating how an operation has been compromised, reviewing operational intelligence and planning how to disrupt a malign group.
Mentored by soldiers of 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (3 MI Bn), an Army Reserve unit based in the City, participants had two hours to complete their analysis and produce a plan of action which they presented to a task force command board of 3MI Bn Officers and NCOs.
After a close fought contest the team from KPMG came out on top, narrowly beating Alexander Mann Solutions into second place to claim The Intelligence Challenge Trophy engraved with the Intelligence Corps motto Manui Dat Cognitio Vires – knowledge gives strength to the arm.
After being presented with The Intelligence Challenge winner’s trophy Jordana Clark, Assistant Manager from KPMG, said:
"It has been a great insight into the challenges faced by the intelligence community, and the essential roles different-skilled play within it."
The Intelligence Challenge introduces City workers and their organisations to the complex work of military intelligence and highlights the essential contribution Reservists, many of them with civilian jobs in the City, make to enhancing security in the UK.
The Commanding Officer of 3 MI Bn, Lt Colonel Nik Fairweather said:
“As well as holding down civilian jobs, Reservists from my battalion have supported UK operations in every conflict over the last 50 years. Today gave City analysts a taste of what’s involved in military intelligence and the range of skills our Reserves develop through their training that can also benefit their civilian employers.”
The event was also attended by senior managers from the organisations taking part, hosted by Major General Ranald Munro, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), himself a Reservist, and Mr. Paul Rimmer, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence and Honorary Colonel 3 MI Bn.