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World German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin

23:05  12 november  2019
23:05  12 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BERLIN — Germany ’s intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin , a city that was dubbed the ‘capital of spies ’ during the Cold War The spy school is located at the new headquarters of the foreign intelligence agency BND, which was opened earlier this year

Germany 's intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin , a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies ' during the Cold War and The heads of the foreign and domestic spy agencies officially opened the Center for Intelligence Service Training close to where the Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood.

Cars drive past the center for advanced education (ZNAF) at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Germany's intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and remains a hotspot of espionage.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)© Provided by The Associated Press Cars drive past the center for advanced education (ZNAF) at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Germany's intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and remains a hotspot of espionage.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and that to this day remains a hotspot of espionage.

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Inside Germany 's new spy HQ. Keeping tabs on time. The clock in the situation room shows the time in New A huge new building in the beating heart of Berlin carries huge significance — a bold statement of The German Intelligence Agency (BND) has relocated to its massive new base in the capital

The heads of the foreign and domestic spy agencies officially opened the Center for Intelligence Service Training close to where the Berlin Wall once sliced the city in two, fulfilling German lawmakers' demands that they cut costs by merging their long-separate training facilities.

Closer cooperation would benefit both agencies, said Hans-Georg Engelke, a senior German security official, citing an incident several years back when a visiting delegation from one organization was denied entry to another.

Bruno Kahl, right, head of the German Federal Intelligence Service, and Thomas Haldenwang, left, head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, attend the opening of a center for advanced education at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Germany's intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and remains a hotspot of espionage.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)© Provided by The Associated Press Bruno Kahl, right, head of the German Federal Intelligence Service, and Thomas Haldenwang, left, head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, attend the opening of a center for advanced education at the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Germany's intelligence agencies are inaugurating a joint spy school in the heart of Berlin, a city that was dubbed the 'capital of spies' during the Cold War and remains a hotspot of espionage.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Space hardware for the German spy agency . Up until now, the BND has relied on commercial And opposition politicians in Germany question whether the intelligence service requires a satellite system. Germany has passed an unprecedented spate of new surveillance and security laws

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With space for 700 students, more than 110 of whom can live on-site, the school offers lessons in covert observation, law, interrogation and IT. Among the practical skills students will learn are how to fend off cyberattacks, foil terrorists and shake off hostile agents on their tail.

Students include recruits fresh out of high school, as well as those who have already completed first degrees and want to pursue a two-year Masters in Intelligence and Security.

Known by its German acronym, ZNAF, the facility includes laboratories, workshops and video studies — all strictly off limits to the press.

The spy school is located at the new 1 billion-euro ($1.1 billion) headquarters of the BND, which opened earlier this year and houses 4,000 staff. The agency was previously based in a sprawling Nazi-era complex in Pullach, near Munich, which remains the site of Germany's electronic eavesdropping operation.

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