The intelligence challenge brings together City firms and Reservists with the aim of demonstrating the value the Military Intelligence Reserves can afford to London businesses. The teams were put through their paces by soldiers from 3 Military Intelligence Battalion (3 MI Bn), the Army Reserve Military Intelligence unit based in the City of London.
Hosted by HSBC at their Canada Square offices, teams were given three hours to complete the exercise which sought to teach, develop and test the participants through a fictional scenario based on military intelligence techniques.
Colin Bell, HSBC Group Chief Compliance Officer, delivered the opening address to the participant teams and emphasised that a ‘close relationship between the military and the private sector is beneficial for everyone’. He also highlighted the cross-overs in skill sets and approach particularly when it involves analysing complex information.
Captain Lewis Hartman 3 MI Bn said “I would like to thank HSBC for hosting the 2019 Intelligence Challenge. The annual event, now in its 4th year, is a unique opportunity for members of City businesses on the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme to experience the analytical work of the Military Intelligence Reserve in a fun, team-building environment. Importantly it demonstrates the synergies between the work of the business analyst and the Military Intelligence Reservist, and shows the participating firms the analytical skills and leadership qualities Military Intelligence Reservists offer to their civilian employers.”
Participating in the challenge were teams from HSBC, KPMG, Cisco, Moody’s, BNY Mellon, Northern Trust, M&C Saatchi and BlackRock. After a closely fought competition the team from HSBC were declared winners of the Intelligence Challenge 2019.