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December 2002 Intelligence News

  • "A Report from the Front Lines," by George Tenet Washington File 23 Dec 2002-- When the fighting started last fall in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda's leaders genuinely expected to mire our coalition down in a reprise of the Soviet experience. They were just as genuinely surprised. And then sorely disappointed.
  • RUSSIA/SPIES VOA 21 Dec 2002 -- Russia's top intelligence chief says that, despite new and improved relations with Western nations, there are still many spies who help Russia gain valuable information. The comments come in a rare interview carried on Russia's Interfax news service
  • Four Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Achieve Autonomous Flight Milestones Northrop Grumman 19 Dec 2002 -- Four different Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) unmanned air vehicles (UAV) achieved flight milestones over a recent 10-day period, demonstrating the company's experience with a variety of autonomously controlled unmanned systems.
  • Northrop Grumman, EADS Trans-Atlantic Cooperation Continues with Successful EADS Payload Demonstration on Global Hawk Northrop Grumman 19 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS highlighted important progress in their trans-Atlantic cooperative defense efforts with the first successful demonstration of an EADS electronics intelligence (ELINT) payload aboard a U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk, built by Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.
  • Northrop Grumman Continues Fire Scout Flight Test Achievements with Latest Milestones Northrop Grumman 18 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned system has achieved a series of milestones at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., over the last five weeks, including significant expansion of its flight envelope and the initial flight of the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) air vehicle.
  • CIA Chief Urges Broader Engagement with Muslim World Washington File 13 Dec 2002-- Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet says "we need to engage more fully in the Muslim world" as a strategic component of the war against terrorism.
  • U-2 mishap report released Air Combat Command News 12 Dec 2002-- A report released by Air Combat Command today stated that installation of an incorrect part was the primary cause of an Aug. 15 mishap that damaged a U-2 aircraft at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
  • UAV provide warfighters a view AFPN 10 Dec 2002-- For most of the past year, the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle has supported Operation Enduring Freedom by giving warfighters a precise view of the battle space.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED SENSOR STUDY CONTRACTS FOR AIR FORCE UAV PROGRAM Lockheed Martin 10 Dec 2002 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two study contracts worth $1.5 million to support the service's next-generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology project, designated SensorCraft.
  • U-S INTELLIGENCE VOA 08 Dec 2002-- The leaders of a congressional inquiry into the September 11th terrorist attacks last year on the United States are reviewing their findings, and preparing a list of recommendations
  • Officials release Global Hawk accident report AFPN 06 Dec 2002-- Air Force investigators have determined mechanical failure caused an Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk aircraft to crash July 10 during a surveillance mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Global Hawk readied for '03 demonstration AFPN 04 Dec 2002-- Since Oct. 19, 2001, after cooperative discussions, an international team of Air Force, German ministry of defense and aerospace industry officials has been working toward a demonstration of the interoperability of U.S.-German unmanned aerial vehicle systems using the Global Hawk UAV.
  • RUSSIA / SWEDEN / ESPIONAGE VOA 02 Dec 2002-- Russia says it is expelling two Swedish diplomats for activities against the security interests of the Russian state

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