December 2008 Intelligence News
- Ex-Indonesian Spy Cleared of 2004 Assassination of Military Critic VOA 31 Dec 2008 -- An Indonesian court has acquitted a former senior intelligence official charged with ordering the 2004 murder of a human rights activist.
- IAI and Elbit Systems Awarded $141 Million Contract to Supply Combined Airborne Imagery Intelligence Systems to the Turkish Air Force Israel Aerospace Industries 25 Dec 2008 -- Aselsan will be the project's prime contractor. IAI's share will be $54 million and Elbit Systems' will be $87 million
- Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Unmanned Aircraft Program Receives Prestigious U.S. Navy Test Team Award Northrop Grumman 23 Dec 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) team was recently named Test Team of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2008 by the U.S. Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20.
- North Korea's Capture of USS 'Pueblo' Still a Wound for Its Crew VOA 23 Dec 2008 -- Forty years ago, North Korea freed the crew of the USS Pueblo, a U.S. Navy ship it had captured 11 months earlier. The ship itself is still in North Korea.
- Predators on patrol in Afghanistan AFNS 22 Dec 2008 -- As the demand for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance assets in Afghanistan increases, a small group of Airmen at a base in the southern region of the country are working to meet the demand.
- UAS students graduate from inaugural class AFNS 22 Dec 2008 -- Nine lieutenants graduated from the first combat familiarization program for pilots slated to fly unmanned aircraft systems Dec. 22 at Randolph Air Force Base.
- Taliban militants kill two US 'spies' in Pakistan: officials IRNA 21 Dec 2008 -- Taliban militants have killed two Afghan men in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt, accusing them of spying for US forces operating across the border, officials said Sunday
- N. Korea Accuses South of Backing Assassination Plot VOA 19 Dec 2008 -- North Korea has made a rare and public accusation against South Korea of backing an undercover attempt to kill the North's leader, Kim Jong Il. In a public statement, Pyongyang names an agent it accuses of working for the South's intelligence agency.
- S. Korean Puppet Plot-Breeding Group's Anti-DPRK Sabotage Moves Disclosed KCNA 19 Dec 2008 -- The moves of the puppet plot-breeding group of south Korea to sabotage the DPRK have recently reached an extremely reckless and dangerous phase. A spokesman for the Ministry of State Security of the DPRK issued a statement Thursday in this regard.
- Boeing Completes Acquisition of Digital Receiver Technology Boeing 18 Dec 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has completed its acquisition of Digital Receiver Technology Inc. (DRT), a Germantown, Md.-based company that develops wireless surveillance products for government customers.
- N.Korea accuses South of plot to kill Kim Jong-il RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2008 -- North Korea said on Thursday it had arrested a spy who attempted to kill leader Kim Jong-il on orders from South Korea's intelligence agency.
- Russia's security service prevents 97 terrorist attacks in 2008 RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2008 -- Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers prevented 97 terrorist attacks in 2008 and killed 200 militants and gang leaders, the FSB director said Thursday.
- Boeing A160T Unmanned Rotorcraft Shifts Gears in Flight, Passes 100 Flight-Hours Boeing 18 Dec 2008 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its A160 Turbine (A160T) Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft has achieved two key milestones: using its two-speed transmission to change gears in flight, and passing the 100-flight-hour threshold.
- ISI completely acting under Pakistan govt: Former ISI Chief IRNA 18 Dec 2008 -- Former Director General of the Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) Hamid Gul termed on Wednesday allegation made by a US senator on the ISI role as totally baseless stressing that the organization was completely functioning under the government of Pakistan
- Pro-Taliban militants kill security man on espionage charges IRNA 18 Dec 2008 -- Suspected pro-Taliban militants have killed a Pakistani security man accused of being a US spy in the tribal region near the Afghan border, local officials said on Wednesday
- Defense Officials to Review Congressional Report on Detainee Treatment AFPS 17 Dec 2008 -- Defense officials will take action if an upcoming congressional report on the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody yields new information, a Pentagon spokesman said.
- Russian senators vote to abolish juries for terrorist trials RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2008 -- The upper house of Russia's parliament approved a bill on Wednesday to abolish juries for terrorist trials and cases involving kidnapping, state treason, espionage, coup d'etats and other serious offenses.
- UAS beta program underway; officials seek more applicants AFNS 16 Dec 2008 -- Air Force officials selected 10 Air Force officers to begin the first-ever unmanned aircraft systems beta test program to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator. The 10 selectees will begin training Jan. 5 at Pueblo, Colo.
- DCNS and Thales to design and demonstrate UAV deck landing system Thales 16 Dec 2008 -- The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded DCNS and Thales an advanced study contract for a deck landing system for unmanned aerial vehicles. The three-year contract calls for the design and demonstration of an automatic take-off, landing and deck landing system for rotorcraft UAVs.
- Northrop Grumman Reveals First Navy Unmanned Combat Aircraft Northrop Grumman 16 Dec 2008 -- Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) today unveiled the first of the U.S. Navy's new unmanned combat aircraft at a ceremony here attended by Navy officials, state and local government representatives, suppliers and Northrop Grumman employees.
- US military points to crucial role of German spies in Iraq war IRNA 13 Dec 2008 -- High-ranking American military officials said Germany's BND foreign secret service played a crucial role in providing vital information to the US before and during the Iraq war, the weekly Der Spiegel news magazine reported ahead of its publication on Sunday
- FOIA provides access to records USMC News 12 Dec 2008 -- Anyone that has been involved in an accident at their job aboard the Air Station or Laurel Bay, pulled over by the military police or the victim of a theft, domestic dispute, etc., can request the police report by using a Freedom of Information Act request
- Pentagon Will Study Senate Report on Detainee Torture VOA 12 Dec 2008 -- The Pentagon said it will take action if a U.S. Senate report on the torture of detainees provides new information
- Statement of Senator Carl Levin on Senate Armed Services Committee Report of its Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody Office of Sen. Levin 11 Dec 2008 -- On November 21st, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved its report on aspects of the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody since 2001. Today we're releasing the executive summary and conclusions of that report
- US Senate Report Says Bush Officials Enabled Detainee Abuse VOA 11 Dec 2008 -- A U.S. Senate report has concluded that Bush administration policies led directly to the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Chechen warlord gunned down in Instanbul RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2008 -- A former Chechen separatist field commander has been killed in Istanbul.
- CACI Awarded Prime Contract With $452 Million Ceiling to Continue Support for U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command CACI 10 Dec 2008 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract, with a ceiling value of $452 million, to continue providing mission support services to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).
- USS Freedom (LCS-1) Littoral Combat Ship Commissioning Highlights Northrop Grumman-Built U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout VTUAV Northrop Grumman 08 Dec 2008 -- The U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV), developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), was prominently displayed on the flight deck of the USS Freedom (LCS-1) littoral combat ship during its commissioning on Nov. 8, 2008 at Milwaukee's Veteran's Park.
- Pakistani politicians hail disbandment of ISI political wing IRNA 05 Dec 2008-- Pakistani political leaders on Friday hailed the disbandment of the political wing of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) terming it as a positive step towards strengthening of democracy and the democratic system
- Predator crashes at Joint Base Balad AFNS 04 Dec 2008 -- An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system crashed at about 7:30 a.m. Baghdad time Dec. 4 on the Joint Base Balad runway.
- SAIC Awarded $26 Million Contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Pacific SAIC 04 Dec 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Pacific (SSC Pacific) to provide the Pacific Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) department with engineering and technical support services
- Litvinenko may have 'carelessly handled polonium' - Lugovoi RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2008 -- The death of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006 may be the result of his carelessly handling polonium, a chief suspect in the murder case said Tuesday.
- Face of Defense: Soldier Provides ‘Eyes in Sky’ for Ground Forces AFPS 01 Dec 2008 -- Troops on the ground in Iraq have an “eye in the sky,” thanks to soldiers like Army Spc. Rodolfo Delatorre in the 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade, who launches, recovers and maintains the Shadow unmanned aerial system.
- Bush: Iraq Intelligence Failure 'Biggest Regret' VOA 01 Dec 2008 -- U.S. President George Bush said in a new interview that he came to office unprepared for war, and that his biggest regret is the flawed intelligence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
- Berlin slams Kosovo for 'illegal' jailing of BND secret service agents IRNA 01 Dec 2008 -- Germany lambasted Kosovo Monday for the 'illegal' imprisonment of three of its secret service agents, saying their release over the weekend was overdue
- More Cases of Aerial Espionage Perpetrated against DPRK KCNA 01 Dec 2008 -- The U.S. imperialist aggression forces committed at least 110 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in November and the south Korean puppet armed forces more than 90 cases in the same period, according to a military source.
- Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Successfully Demonstrates Simultaneous Radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared Video Capability Northrop Grumman 01 Dec 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated continuous combined payload coverage on its MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS).
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