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This site is the home of the ‘Weaponising Big Data’ Project, a Free Range research project on the military and intelligence sites in Britain that are preparing for offensive cyberwarfare and automated state surveillance.

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20. Qinetiq Malvern

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Qinetiq’s former Malvern Technology Park has been selected not because it represents a specific ‘site’, but because it is representative of a greater shift in the security sector generally.

About this site

A formerly public asset (the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency), which was privatised in 2001 to form the now global defence contractor Qinetiq. In turn it was bought into by the The Carlyle Group – who broker contracts and political influence across the US and UK defence sector.

In turn, Qinetiq has sold off the formerly public estate it inherited, and now instead brokers contracts across a network of small – and ultimately unaccountable – private subcontractors who specialise in different aspects of military, intelligence and cyber technology. It is this large network of small companies, centred around companies such as Qinetiq, BAE, Rolls-Royce, or Thales, which work to create the offensive and surveillance technologies at the heart of automated- and cyber-warfare.

Instead the Malvern area now houses, across many sites, a cluster of small private companies who subcontract to the large corporations who tender for government contracts and lucrative consultancy and development contracts from industry.

In short, Malvern is a case study of both the shift in accountability from the public to the private sector for the design and planning of war and security systems, and the influence of a politically-connected financial elite in brokering funding and power in that process.

Articles and reports on this site

☮ BBC News – Unlikely front line in the war on cybercrime, 14th January 2014
Nothing has better evoked the passionate and melancholic expanses of the English countryside than his music. This ancient elemental atmosphere is breathed by every walker on the Malvern Hills. But there is more than the music of Elgar stirring in and around Great Malvern. It may look rural and remote, but the town is also one of the surprising centres of a new and expanding industry. It's on the front line of the battle against cybercrime. It may even be war.