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March 2003 Intelligence News

  • General Dynamics Acquires Creative Technology Incorporated General Dynamics 31 Mar 2003 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has acquired privately held Creative Technology Incorporated, a Herndon, Va.-based information technology and consulting firm; terms were not disclosed. With approximately 300 employees holding high-level security clearances, Creative Technology primarily supports the intelligence community and the Department of Defense by delivering systems and network engineering, integration, software development, operations and technical consulting.
  • DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman blasts Japan's launch of spy satellite KCNA 29 Mar 2003 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry answered a question put by KCNA today as regards Japan's launch of a spy satellite. This morning Japan launched a spy satellite by using a large carrier rocket H-2A.
  • UAV 'roadmap' helps warfighter AFPN 28 Mar 2003 -- The Department of Defense's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Roadmap provides a defensewide vision for UAVs and related technology, said the deputy of the UAV Planning Task Force in congressional testimony here March 26.
  • JAPAN/SATELLITE LAUNCH VOA 28 Mar 2003 -- Japan has successfully launched its first two reconnaissance satellites, which are primarily to keep an eye on North Korea.
  • JAPAN/SATELLITE LAUNCH VOA 28 Mar 2003 -- North Korea warned Japan Friday that its launch of two reconnaissance satellites earlier in the day could spark an Asian arms race. Japan's first spy satellites are primarily meant to keep watch over North Korea, amid growing concerns over that country's nuclear ambitions.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Press Conference 27 March 2003 - The reason why we decided to develop a satellite monitoring system is that we thought, and we still believe, that the situation surrounding Japan and the Japanese archipelago requires constant close monitoring.
  • KCNA on Japan's planned launch of spy satellite KCNA 27 Mar 2003 -- Japan will reportedly launch a spy satellite at the end of this month by large-size carrier rocket H-2A called a "perfect prototype rocket".
  • U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Upgrade RC-135 Aircraft Navigation System Northrop Grumman 27 Mar 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to provide refreshed technology and upgraded software for the legacy navigation system on the RC-135 family of aircraft that will introduce modern hardware and software and add an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • JAPAN/SATELLITE LAUNCH VOA 27 Mar 2003 -- Japan has launched its first two spy satellites from the island of Tanegashima, one-thousand kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The launch comes amid mounting fears of a North Korean ballistic missile test.
  • Escalating 'Sensor War' Is the Face of Future Conflict AFPS 25 Mar 2003 -- Military commanders of the future will employ high-tech sensing equipment to detect the strength and positions of enemy forces, including those attempting to hide from prying electronic "eyes."
  • JAPAN SPY SATELLITES VOA 25 Mar 2003 -- As concerns grow about North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions and fears rise that Pyongyang could test another ballistic missile, Japan plans to launch its first reconnaissance satellites on March 28th.
  • BURMA / U-N ENVOY VOA 24 Mar 2003 -- A U-N human-rights envoy suspended his mission to Burma after finding, what he said was, a bugging device in a room where he was conducting confidential interviews with political prisoners.
  • Predator helps in ground war success AFPN 23 Mar 2003 -- Flying over coalition troops racing toward Baghdad, RQ-1 Predators are providing ground commanders up-to-the-second information on what lies ahead.
  • EU / SPYING VOA 19 Mar 2003 -- Officials in Brussels say telephone tapping systems have been found on the phone lines of several countries at the European Union headquarters. The discovery was made before an E-U summit scheduled for Thursday.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Roadmap Report 18 Mar 2003 -- This document will help guide the department, services and agencies in the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned combat aerial vehicles for the next 25 years. Today I'd like to provide you a short summary of the contents of the roadmap, how it was developed, and some of the key highlights.
  • JAPAN / NOKOR MISSILE VOA 14 Mar 2003 -- Japan is increasing sea and satellite surveillance of North Korea due to concern that the communist state is preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile for the first time since 1998.
  • NOKOR / U-S SURVEILLANCE VOA 13 Mar 2003 -- The United States says it is restarting reconnaissance flights off the North Korean coast. The flights are the first since the second of March, when four North Korea fighter jets intercepted a U-S Air Force spy plane over the Sea of Japan. The announcement comes amid Japanese media reports that the North could soon test fire a ballistic missile.
  • CIA Executive Tabbed to Head Threat Intelligence Center AFPS 13 Mar 2003 -- A veteran Central Intelligence Agency executive will head the Terrorist Threat Integration Center slated to start operations May 1.
  • CACI to Provide Intelligence and Information Operations Support to U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command CACI 13 Mar 2003 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been selected by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of El Segundo, Ca. to be a major subcontractor in support of the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command's (CECOM) Rapid Response (CR2) program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a two-year base period with three two-year options. CACI estimates the value of its subcontract to be approximately $50 million over eight years, and anticipates delivering solutions in its core business areas of homeland security, intelligence, information assurance, systems integration, and engineering.
  • General Dynamics Selected to Integrate Next-Generation Electronic Warfare Ground System for U.S. Army General Dynamics 12 Mar 2003 -- General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been chosen by the U.S. Army as the prime contractor and systems integrator for a $19.9 million program to upgrade the Prophet tactical signals intelligence system. Comprising electronic components that are either vehicle-mounted or man-transportable, the Prophet Block II/III system will provide brigade commanders with significantly improved electronic surveillance capabilities and a new electronic attack capability.
  • Officials release Predator accident report AFPN 12 Mar 2003 -- Investigators determined that pilot error caused an Air Force RQ-1 Predator aircraft to crash nine miles west of Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nev., Oct. 25.
  • Brennan to Head New Intelligence Center, White House Says Washington File 12 Mar 2003 -- John Brennan, a long-time CIA veteran, has been appointed director of the newly created Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC), the White House said March 11.
  • PUTIN / SECURITY VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- President Vladimir Putin has reorganized Russia's security agencies, giving greater authority to the K-G-B's main successor, the F-S-B (Federal Security Service). Mr. Putin previously worked for the K-B-G and headed the F-S-B. The shake-up also calls for abolishing Russia's main communications surveillance agency, along with the federal tax police.
  • PENTAGON / KOREA VOA 04 Mar 2003 -- The United States is dispatching a bomber force to the Pacific island, Guam, in connection with the stand-off with North Korea. But defense officials deny the move is linked to what they call a provocative incident Sunday, involving the intercept by North Korean jets of a U-S reconnaissance plane.
  • KCNA on sheer sophism of U.S. and Japan KCNA 04 Mar 2003 -- Nowadays, the CIA is raising a hue and cry over the "missile threat" from the DPRK, claiming that the whole territory of the U.S. is within the North Korean missile range, while Japan Defence Agency is busy taking "emergency measures" to cope with "North Korea's missile test fire."
  • U.S. smear campaign against DPRK blasted KCNA 04 Mar 2003 -- A few days ago, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Tenet said at the hearing of the senate armed services committee that North Korea is likely to test-fire "Taephodong No. 2" missile, adding that the missile is more dangerous as North Korea possesses nuclear warheads that can be fixed to it.
  • North Korean Fighters Intercept U.S. Jet Over Sea of Japan Navy NewStand 04 Mar 2003 -- Four North Korean fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force plane in international airspace over the Sea of Japan early March 2, Defense Department officials said.
  • U-S / NORTH KOREA WRAP VOA 04 Mar 2003 -- The Bush administration Tuesday denounced North Korea's weekend intercept of a U-S surveillance plane as "very reckless" behavior but said it remained committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Pyongyang. U-S diplomats are consulting with South Korea and Japan on how to protest the air incident.
  • Thales selected for Watchkeeper final phase Thales 03 Mar 2003 -- Thales has been selected for the final phase (4 to 2 downselect) of the UK MOD's Watchkeeper Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) assessment. Watchkeeper will provide the UK's Armed Forces with a globally deployable capability to deliver imagery and intelligence to battlefield commanders and is a core element of the MOD's Network-Enabled Capability Strategy. Thales will deliver Watchkeeper through a UK industrialisation strategy which, from early in the programme, will see production, integration, support and future upgradability undertaken in the UK. This strategy will create a wide range of opportunities for UK industry and will guarantee security of supply to the UK Armed Forces.
  • UAVs may play increasing operational role AFPN 03 Mar 2003 -- The Air Force's deputy chief of staff for air and space operations is cautiously optimistic about the growing role of unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely piloted vehicles in future conflicts.
  • U.S. espionage flights on steady increase KCNA 03 Mar 2003 -- The U.S. imperialists committed over 180 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in February by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes on different missions, according to military sources. A U.S. RC-135 strategic reconnaissance plane illegally intruded into the air above the territorial waters in the east sea of the DPRK between Musudan and Hodo peninsula almost everyday from Feb. 21 and made shuttle-flights in the air for hours to spy on major targets in its east coastal area.
  • US / NORTH KOREA WRAP VOA 03 Mar 2003 -- The U-S State Department said Monday any moves by North Korea to reprocess spent nuclear fuel or to test a nuclear device would have serious international consequences for Pyongyang. The remarks came as Pentagon officials reported what they called a "hostile" incident involving a U-S reconnaissance plane and North Korean fighter jets Sunday over the sea of Japan.
  • PENTAGON / NORTH KOREA VOA 03 Mar 2003 -- North Korean warplanes intercepted a U-S reconnaissance aircraft Sunday in what Pentagon officials are calling a hostile action.
  • North Korean Fighters 'Lock On' to U.S. Jet Over Sea of Japan AFPS 03 Mar 2003 -- Four North Korean fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Air Force plane in international airspace over the Sea of Japan early Mar. 2, Defense Department officials said.

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