New MI5 head promises to focus on China and harness AI

Promotion of Glaswegian career officer Ken McCallum announced by Priti Patel

MI5’s deputy will take the top job at the spy agency next month promising a sharper focus on China and to work more closely with the private sector in harnessing artificial intelligence in tackling hostile state and terrorist activity.

Ken McCallum, a career MI5 officer, has been the agency’s deputy director general since April 2017 and was seen by insiders as the heir apparent at an organisation that prides itself on internal appointments to its leading position.

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