August 2008 Intelligence News
- N.Korea Accuses US, S.Korea of Spy Flights VOA 31 Aug 2008 -- North Korea is accusing the United States and South Korea of conducting about 180 spy flights over its territory this month.
- Bush administration agrees to turn over documents in torture case IRNA 30 Aug 2008 -- In a significant reversal, the Bush administration has agreed to turn over documents that support allegations by a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he was tortured while in American custody in Pakistan in early 2002, a British court said in a ruling Friday.
- US military secretly sending foreign fighters to home nations IRNA 30 Aug 2008 -- The US military has secretly handed over more than 200 militants to the intelligence services of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other countries, nearly all in the past two years, as part of an effort to reduce the burden of detaining and interrogating foreign fighters captured in Iraq and Afghanistan, The New York Times said citing US military officials.
- Thales successfully demonstrates automatic take-off and landing on the Elbit Hermes 450 Thales 26 Aug 2008 -- Thales and Elbit Systems today announce that an important trial of the Thales MAGIC ATOLS (automatic take-off and landing) system has successfully been achieved on Elbit’s Hermes ® 450 Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV), demonstrating and validating automatic take-off and landing.
- Officials stand up HUMINT detachment AFPN 22 Aug 2008 -- Air Force officials re-established human intelligence Aug. 14 as a core intelligence discipline to focus on critical Air Force HUMINT requirements.
- Polish judiciary probes existence of secret CIA jails in Poland IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Poland's judiciary has launched an investigation over the existence of secret CIA jails in Poland.
- Ex-Intelligence Official on Trial for Indonesian Activist's Death VOA 21 Aug 2008 -- The former deputy chief of Indonesia's state intelligence agency has been charged with the murder of human rights activist Munir Thalib.
- Reaper drops bomb on anti-Iraqi forces AFPN 21 Aug 2008 -- An MQ-9 Reaper dropped a 500-pound bomb against an anti-Iraqi target in one of the first weapons engagements for the unmanned system.
- Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Completes First Flight Test With Payload and Integrated Tactical Common Data Link Northrop Grumman 20 Aug 2008 -- The U.S. Navy is moving closer to conducting Technical Evaluation with its Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV).
- Senior Russian officer accused of spying for Georgia RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2008 -- A senior Russian military officer has been detained in Russia on suspicion of spying for Georgia.
- Predator passes 400,000 flight hours AFPN 19 Aug 2008 -- The MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system surpassed 400,000 flight hours during a mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Aug. 18.
- Russia to enhance anti-terror security over 'Georgian threat' RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2008 -- Russia is boosting security measures over reports that Georgian special forces may be plotting terrorist acts.
- Air Guard Predator pilots increase combat air patrols AFPN 18 Aug 2008 -- Although they are some of the busiest pilots in the U.S. military, Air National Guard pilots who are now flying unmanned aircraft from the ground said they still climb into the cockpit and get some flight time whenever they can.
- Future Predator/Reaper formal training unit announced AFPN 18 Aug 2008 -- Gen. John D.W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, with concurrence from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, announced today that Holloman AFB, N.M., is the preferred potential location for an additional unmanned aircraft system formal Training unit.
- Saudi intelligence chief in Pakistan on Musharraf's fate INA 16 Aug 2008 -- Saudi intelligence chief dashed to Islamabad to broker a deal between the embattled President Pervez Musharraf who is facing impeachment and possible trial, local media reported.
- UAVs role key ingredient to success in Iraq Army News 15 Aug 2008 -- Since the dawn of aviation more than 100 years ago, militaries throughout the world have continuously pursued the development of unmanned aerial vehicles to give them an edge over the enemy when conducting combat operations.
- Who Controls Pakistan's Powerful ISI? RFE/RL 14 Aug 2008 -- NATO's commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General David McKiernan, said this week he is certain there is "a level of ISI complicity" in the militant areas of Pakistan and within organizations like the Taliban.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Support NASA's Use of Global Hawk for Earth Science Research Northrop Grumman 14 Aug 2008 -- NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a five-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for engineering and technical services to support NASA's use of Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for Earth science research.
- Thales begins installation of leading-edge systems at HQJOC Thales 13 Aug 2008 -- Leading aerospace, defence and security company Thales has begun installing C4ISR systems at HQJOC; the Australian Defence Force's new Headquarters Joint Operations Command facility in Bungendore, NSW.
- Officials Break Ground for Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility AFPS 13 Aug 2008 -- Leaders from the U.S. intelligence community, Congress and Army Intelligence hosted a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the new Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility at Rivanna Station, Va.
- Thales's WATCHKEEPER programme successfully passes flight trials for automatic take-off and landing Thales 12 Aug 2008 -- This trial is one of a comprehensive set of trials taking place over the next year and follows on from the first successful flight trials of the WATCHKEEPER unmanned air vehicle (UAV) in April 2008.
- Navy's BAMS UAS Program Begins After GAO Ruling Northrop Grumman 12 Aug 2008 -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office's decision to deny the protest of the U.S. Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) source selection allows efforts to begin under Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) prime contract.
- Top Georgian intelligence officer arrested in Russia RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2008 -- Russian security forces arrested a Georgian intelligence officer on charges of collecting data on Russian troops and South Ossetia's president.
- $1 headset fix improves Predator mission AFPN 11 Aug 2008 -- MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial system pilots here can now talk over a secure Internet phone line using their headsets thanks to one Airman's ingenuity and one dollar.
- Russia detains 10 Georgian intelligence officers - FSB RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2008 -- The Russian Federal Security Service has detained 10 Georgian intelligence service officers who were preparing terrorist attack.
- More Intel, Surveillance, Recon Assets Set for Central Command AFPS 8 Aug 2008 -- Congressional defense committees to reprogram $1.2 billion so the Defense Department can beef up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
- Afghan Spy Service Frees German-Afghan Citizen VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- Afghanistan's spy service says it freed a businessman with German-Afghan citizenship kidnapped in Kabul almost two weeks ago.
- General Dynamics Awarded NSA Contract to Add Switched Network Compatibility to the Sectéra® vIPerT Universal Secure Phone General Dynamics 07 Aug 2008 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $2.8 million contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to add a new Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) feature to the Sectéra® vIPerT Universal Secure Phone.
- Center Merges Counterintelligence, Human Intelligence Functions AFPS 06 Aug 2008 -- A new center here will combine Defense counterintelligence and human intelligence efforts at the national level, Defense Intelligence Agency officials said here yesterday.
- Boeing, Industry Teammates Test Short-Wave Infrared Camera on ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Boeing 06 Aug 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], Goodrich Corporation and Insitu Inc. have successfully flight-tested a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft equipped for the first time with a short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera.
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Awards Lockheed Martin $32 Million Learning Management Contract Lockheed Martin 06 Aug 2008 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $32 million option on a contract to provide specialized geospatial training to analysts and officials across the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
- Officials Continue Developing Iraq's Intelligence Capabilities AFPS 04 Aug 2008 -- A robust national intelligence apparatus will be a key enabler for the independent operation of the Iraqi security forces, but the necessary capabilities are still being developed, a coalition advisor said Aug. 1.
- DoD Activates Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center 04 Aug 2008 -- The Department of Defense activated the Defense Counterintelligence (CI) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Center today, and simultaneously disestablished the Department's Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA).
- Pakistan Denies Report Linking Spy Service to Kabul Bombing VOA 1 Aug 2008
- Frantic War Exercises and Aerial Espionage Committed against DPRK KCNA 01 Aug 2008 -- The U.S. imperialist aggression forces and the south Korean puppet army got more frantic in their war exercises in land, sea and air against the DPRK in July, according to military sources.
- US Implicates Pakistani Agents in Kabul Bomb Attack VOA 01 Aug 2008 -- U.S. officials are accusing Pakistan's primary intelligence service of helping to carry out last month's bomb attack on India's embassy in Afghanistan
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