News & Reports – videos
News and Reports
a guide to news reports and documents about USAF Croughton and the JIAC development
Media coverage and reports
a collection of media coverage/analysis around USAF Croughton and related drones/surveillance issues
JIAC Development Reports
background reports on the development of the JIAC at USAF Croughton
Free Range Library: 'Croughtonwatch'
a collection of background reports/technical information on US intelligence and cyberwar policy
a selection of videos and broadcast news about USAF Croughton and the JIAC development
The first section of this page contains a selection of broadcast news and video reports about USAF Croughton, Barford St. John, and the Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre. These have been selected to provide general background about the site, and the operations carried out here by the US military and intelligence services.
The second section lists more general videos around issues of surveillance, drones and cyberwarfare. If you wish to develop a more in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding USAF Croughton and what it does, the resources in this list will help you.
USAF Croughton-related videos:
Anti-US army base campaigner Lindis Percy, explains why evidence such as this report is important in getting more exposure for the issue.
Oxfordshire Peace Campaign: Keep Space for Peace Week, USAF Croughton, October 2015
A short video (produced by Oxfordshire Peace Campaign) on USAF Croughton, drones and surveillance, filmed at the Croughton Peace Festival 2015.
Washington is investing $300 million to convert a US military base in the United Kingdom into a National Security Agency intelligence center. RAF Croughton will employ up to 1,250 personnel and is expected to be upgraded by 2017.
Helping newcomers feel right at home may be as simple as getting them out and about. Air Force Sergeant Joseph Vigil introduces us to a woman that helps people get comfortable at RAF Croughton.
A promotional video from the manufacturer's of NATO's new Global Hawk Air Ground Surveillance System, based in Sigionella, Sicily, which will link to USAF Croughton to provide intelligence to run operations.
NATO is preparing to acquire 5 unmanned air vehicles or UAVs. With the support of resources on the ground they will allow the Alliance to develop its own ground defence capability. The information from this system is supplied yo USAF Croughton via satellite and a high-capacity fibre optic link to Sigonella Naval Base in Sicily.
Defense Intelligence Agency: We're DIA, 2010
A promotional video for the Defense Intelligence Agency – the principal intelligence agency in charge of maintaining the facilities at USAF Croughton.
Cruisewatch: Reclaim the Bases, USAF Croughton, 1985
This is a short 5 minute extract, focusing specifically on Croughton and Barford, is from a longer video made by Cruisewatch in 1985 called, "The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier"
(which makes up the second-half of that YouTube video). It shows the campaign to reopen the right-of-way across the base, running from Croughton to Juniper Hill, which was closed off during the early 1980's expansion of the base.
General military/intelligence surveillance and cyberwar videos:
Leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how his former employer used the US spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire to conduct ‘kill or capture’ missions in its global shadow war. You can find the report which forms the basis of this report at The Intercept
When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government's real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.
One of the most secretive military campaigns in U.S. history is under the microscope like never before. In a major exposé based on leaked government documents, The Intercept has published the most in-depth look at the U.S. drone assassination program to date. "The Drone Papers" exposes the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, revealing a number of flaws and far more casualties than the intended targets.
Open Society Foundation: Death by Drone, April 2015
The U.S. has secretly been using drones to conduct targeted killings in Yemen since 2002, a practice that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths. This video highlights a study conducted by the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights and the Open Society Justice Initiative, assessing the devastating impact of these secret drone strikes.
A very long and boring talk by military people about the use of space and communications – but if you can pay attention you'll get a lot about how the military view space and surveillance as part of their operations.
In the first exposé for their new venture, First Look Media's digital journal The Intercept, investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald reveal the National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes. The NSA identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cellphone tracking technologies, an unreliable tactic that has resulted in the deaths of innocent and unidentified people.
A workshop with Bruce Gagnon, at the Global War and Empire Convergence in Syracuse, NY. – very informative, and worth an hour of your time! The video looks at the evolution/change in the US military's use of technology, and helps explain the reasons why Croughton/Barford are so significant in the projection of military force.
On November 20th, the Intelligence Project at Brookings and the National Intelligence University co-hosted a discussion with Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to examine this uncertain future, DIA's role in this complex security environment and a new model for defense intelligence that ensures preparedness to address these challenges and the crises of tomorrow.
An industry video on C4ISR – and how data and information systems are becoming the core of all military planning. If you can't see it in the sidebar, part 2 of this can be found here
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction – that now may not be so fictitious.