BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
IndustryBusiness and technology consulting
HeadquartersGuildford, Surrey, UK
Key people
Dave Armstrong (Group Managing Director)
ProductsNetReveal, DataRetain, DataBridge, Cross Domain, IntelligenceReveal
Number of employees
Around 4500[citation needed]
ParentBAE Systems

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence (formerly Detica, then BAE Systems Applied Intelligence) is an international business and technology consulting firm owned by BAE Systems. It specializes in "security and resilience",[1] and in collecting, managing and exploiting information to reveal so-called "actionable intelligence", "threat intelligence", "fraud containment" and customer insight. It also sells clients software for large-scale data exploitation, and analytics for intelligence-grade security and financial crime work.


The business was founded in 1971 as Smith Associates carrying out research on defence matters for the UK Government. It was incorporated in 1977 and renamed Detica in 2001. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2002.[2]

In 2003 Detica acquired Rubus, an Information Technology services company. It went on to launch Streamshield, an internet security software product, in 2004. In 2005 Detica acquired Extraprise UK, a systems integrator.[3] In 2006 it bought the consultancy Evolution,[4] the computer forensics business Inforenz and a financial service consultancy M.A. Partners. In 2007 it acquired the US homeland security consultancy DFI International.[5]

In July 2008, prospects of a bidding war for Detica emerged after BAE Systems made an informal offer.[6] On 28 July 2008 the board of Detica and BAE Systems announced that the latter had made a formal cash offer of £9.40 for all issued and to-be-issued share capital. After acquiring over 92% of outstanding shares with shareholder approval, BAE declared its offer for Detica unconditional on 25 September 2008.[7]

In 2010, BAE Systems acquired Stratsec, the largest cyber security consultancy in Australia.[8] In 2011, BAE Systems acquired the Irish Norkom Technologies, a financial crime and financial compliance software maker,[9] and the Danish cyber and intelligence company ETI/AS, which previously helped law enforcement and telecommunication providers in data-crime investigations.[10] In 2013 it won an 8-year UK government service contract for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and partnered with Vodafone for smartphone and tablet security services.

On 1 February 2014, BAE Systems Detica was renamed BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to reflect its ambitions for more global growth across its "Applied Intelligence portfolio".[11]

In October 2014, Kevin Taylor was appointed as Managing Director, following Martin Sutherland's departure to De La Rue.[12]

In December 2014 BAE Systems Applied Intelligence acquired Perimeter Internetworking Corp., trading as SilverSky, a commercial cyber services provider.[13]

In May 2017, Julian Cracknell took over from Kevin Taylor as Managing Director.[14]

In June 2017, an investigation by the BBC and the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information showed that BAE Systems Applied Intelligence had been selling a mass surveillance technology called Evident to the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Morocco and Algeria.[15] An anonymous former employee of ETI, the Danish company which developed Evident and was bought by BAE Systems in 2011, told the BBC: "[With Evident,] you'd be able to intercept any internet traffic. If you wanted to do a whole country, you could. You could pin-point people's location based on cellular data. You could follow people around. They were quite far ahead with voice recognition. They were capable of decrypting stuff as well.[16]" As the countries this equipment was sold to have poor human-rights records, there was criticism of the sales from campaign groups like Campaign Against Arms Trade and Privacy International.[17] In response to the accusations, BAE Systems claimed: ""BAE systems works for a number of organisations around the world within the regulatory framework of all relevant countries and within our responsible trading principles."[citation needed]

During the Danish Business Authority's processing of the company's application to be allowed to export to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar, it asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assess whether there was a risk of the product being used for human rights violations, as required by EU law, to which the full response was, each time, "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs finds no reason to object to the attached application".[18]

In February 2022, Applied Intelligence was renamed Digital Intelligence and Dave Armstrong took over from Julian Cracknell as Group Managing Director, following a restructure from BAE Systems Group.[19]


The company claims four particular areas of expertise: cyber security; detection and prevention of financial crime; communications intelligence; and 'digital transformation'.[20]

The company operates in the following five main industrial sectors: national security and law enforcement; financial institutions (banking and insurance); telecommunications; civil government (including healthcare); transport, energy and utilities.[21]


The company head office is in Guildford in the United Kingdom, with branch offices in 19 countries across Europe, North America, Australia, and Southeast Asia.[22] The business operates in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.


  1. ^ "What Is Security and Resilience?". US Department of Homeland Security. n.d. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Our History". BAE Systems. n.d. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Detica acquires CRM specialist". 11 April 2005. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Detica buys Evolution Consulting". 5 December 2005. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Detica is a star performer". Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ "UK - BAE offer for Detica could spark bid war". 18 July 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  7. ^ "BAE Systems declares Detica offer wholly unconditional". Forbes. AFX News. 25 September 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  8. ^ "Stratsec". Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Norkom". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  10. ^ "ETI acquisition". 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Error Page".[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "BAE Systems Applied Intelligence history". BAEsystems. n.d.
  14. ^ "Julian Cracknell". BAE Systems.
  15. ^ "BAE sold surveillance tools to Arab states". BBC News. 15 June 2017.
  16. ^ "BAE sold surveillance tools to Arab states". BBC News. 15 June 2017.
  17. ^ "BAE sold surveillance tools to Arab states". BBC News. 15 June 2017.
  18. ^ Andersen, Lasse Skou; Gjerding, Sebastian (15 June 2017). "Danmark tillod salg af teknologi, der kan overvåge en hel befolkning, til et af verdens mest undertrykkende regimer: Saudi-Arabien". Dagbladet Information. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  19. ^ "BAE Systems launches Digital Intelligence business". Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Who We Are – At A Glance – Applied Intelligence". BAE systems. n.d. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Industry". BAE systems. n.d. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  22. ^ "Global Offices". BAE systems. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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