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August 2003 Intelligence News

  • BRITAIN / CAMPBELL VOA 29 Aug 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair's closest adviser and a major player in the government's Iraq policy says he will be leaving soon. Alastair Campbell, the prime minister's chief spokesman and strategist, says he has had enough.
  • Iraq: U.S. Commander Says Better Intelligence Needed, Not More Troops RFE/RL 28 Aug 2003 -- The commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, said today that there is no need for more U.S. troops to be deployed in Iraq.
  • U.K.: Blair Says Would Have Resigned If 'Sexed Up' Claims Were True RFE/RL 28 Aug 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice today to give evidence in the enquiry into the death of weapons expert David Kelly. Yesterday, appearing before the enquiry, Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon, who was expected to be the "fall guy" in the affair, shifted much of the blame back onto Blair's office.
  • BRITAIN/IRAQ VOA 28 Aug 2003 -- Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair, told a judicial inquiry under stiff questioning that he had staked his political future on the accuracy of a controversial government report documenting Iraq's weapons capability.
  • Blair: Report on Iraq's Pre-War Weapons Program Not Altered VOA News 28 Aug 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he would have had to resign if there had been any truth to a report that his government had exaggerated intelligence on Iraq's pre-war weapons program.
  • Northrop Grumman's Viper Strike Precision Munition Achieves Perfect Score in U.S. Army UAV Tests Northrop Grumman 27 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. Army's new Viper Strike precision munition, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), scored direct hits on nine out of nine targets during a successful flight demonstration conducted July 25-28. The weapon was dispensed from the Army's Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also a Northrop Grumman product.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 27 Aug 2003 -- Fighting for his political future, British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon took the witness stand Wednesday in the inquest into the death of a weapons expert linked to a controversial report on Iraq's pre-war weapons program.
  • BRITAIN / IRAQ VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- One of Britain's top intelligence advisers has testified before the special inquiry set up to investigate the death of a leading weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly. John Scarlett was questioned about the validity of the document he authored about Iraq's weapons potential, a report that helped launch Britain into war.
  • IRAN/JOURNALIST VOA 26 Aug 2003 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry is denying that two of its employees were involved in the death of a Canadian journalist last month in Tehran.
  • UK security chief defends government`s dossier on Iraq`s threat IRNA 26 Aug 2003 -- The security chief responsible for the British government`s dossier on Iraq`s threat Tuesday defend the controversial claim that Saddam Hussein`s regime could have launched weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes.
  • Russia: Scientist Gets Jail Plus Amnesty After Spy Trial RFE/RL 25 Aug 2003 -- A court in Vladivostok today sentenced a Russian scientist convicted of disclosing state secrets to China, but then immediately released him.
  • AUSTRALIA/IRAQ VOA 22 Aug 2003 -- A former Australian intelligence analyst has accused the government of ignoring reports casting doubt on Iraq's weapons capabilities. A parliamentary panel is investigating the accuracy and interpretation of intelligence that was used to justify Australia's involvement in the U-S-led war in Iraq.
  • Raytheon's Tactical Control System Software Takes Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout System Airborne Northrop Grumman 21 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. Navy's RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle system (UAV), produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector, has completed its first flights under control of Raytheon's Tactical Control System (TCS) software. The flights were conducted Aug. 8 at the Navy's Webster Field Annex near Patuxent River, Md.
  • Justification of Iraq war still lacking IRNA 20 Aug 2003 -- Two weeks into the inquiry into the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly, Prime Minister Tony Blair`s office continues to deny any wrongdoing in making the case to overthrow Saddam Hussein`s regime.
  • U.K.: Campbell Denies 'Sexing Up' Dossier, But Observers Have Doubts RFE/RL 20 Aug 2003 -- Alastair Campbell, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's director of communications, yesterday defended his claim that he did not "sex up" the government dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Campbell spoke before the Hutton inquiry, set up to examine the apparent suicide of government weapons expert David Kelly. But many observers say they still have doubts about Campbell's involvement in the document that helped the British government justify its case for war -- and are looking ahead to Blair's own appearance before the panel.
  • U-S/AFRICA/URANIUM VOA 20 Aug 2003 -- A senior U-S military commander has visited Niger, whose leaders have been voicing fresh complaints over the now-discredited U-S and British claims linking the West African country to a uranium deal with Iraq.
  • First UAV flight in Germany USAREUR Release 20 Aug 2003-- Something new is flying over Hohenfels these days - an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV. The first RQ-5A Hunter UAV took its maiden flight in Germany during a ceremony on the Hohenfels Army Airfield Aug. 15.
  • Boeing Team Selected for Next Stage of NIMA Softcopy Search Program Boeing 20 Aug 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA], a major developer of data processing and image analysis software, leads the team selected for the next stage of the Softcopy Search development program managed by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Team to Pursue U.S. Air Force E-10A Battle Management Command and Control System Northrop Grumman 20 Aug 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has taken a significant step toward giving U.S. military commanders a new, integrated approach for rapidly achieving information superiority on the battlefield through the seamless integration of multiple sensors and airborne strike systems.
  • Global Hawk Becomes First UAV to Receive National Certificate of Authorization to Fly in National Airspace Northrop Grumman 15 Aug 2003 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a national Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the U.S. Air Force to routinely fly the Northrop Grumman-produced (NYSE:NOC) RQ-4 Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance system in national airspace. The certificate is the first national COA granted for an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system.
  • Intelligence Community Develops New Training Navy Newsstand 15 Aug 2003-- Intelligence Strike Team Training (ISTT) is changing the way battle group intelligence teams prepare for deployment.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Integrates, Tests Radar Imaging System on Fire Scout UAV Northrop Grumman 11 Aug 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has demonstrated, through a series of test flights, that a synthetic aperture radar/moving target indicator (SAR/MTI) system can be integrated and operated successfully on the company's RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system.
  • Statement by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet on the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq's Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction Central Intelligence Agency 11 Aug 2003 -- "A great deal has been said and written about the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq's Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Much of this commentary has been misinformed, misleading, and just plain wrong. It is important to set the record straight. Let me make three points."
  • First production Global Hawk rolls out AFPN 08 Aug 2003-- The first production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle rolled out in ceremonies held Aug. 1 at prime contractor Northrop Grumman's Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
  • Germany: Government Agency Conducts New Checks For Possible Former Stasi Agents RFE/RL 08 Aug 2003 -- Germany is making new checks on certain senior officials and parliamentarians to see if they ever worked for the secret police in the former communist East Germany.
  • US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi IRNA 08 Aug 2003 -- Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younesi said here Thursday that the weakness of the US intelligence service (CIA) will be evident while considering its inability to understand Iran's internal affairs.
  • Northrop Grumman Fire Scout UAV Gets 'Sea Legs' in Preparation for First Shipboard Landing Northrop Grumman 08 Aug 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have completed the initial phase of at-sea testing that will lead to the first shipboard landing of the Navy's RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system later this year. The tests will demonstrate that Fire Scout can safely conduct autonomous operations at sea.
  • On secret mission in Germany: CIA agents with "a lisence to kill" IRNA 07 Aug 2003 -- Twelve CIA-agents are currently said to be on an "unclear mission" in Germany according to local intelligence circles, the "Bild" newspaper said Thursday in an unconfirmed report.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Silicon Inertial Measurement Unit Selected For Autopilot On South African Army Unmanned Aircraft BAE Systems 04 Aug 2003 -- A silicon inertial measurement unit made by BAE Systems has been selected for use on the South African Armys Unmanned Aerial Observation System (UAOS) tactical aircraft. Advanced Technologies & Engineering Co. (Pty) Ltd. of South Africa, the aircraft developer, chose the SiIMU™ silicon micro-machined electro-mechanical inertial measurement unit for the vehicles autopilot and strap-down inertial navigation system.
  • U.S. Aerial Espionage against DPRK KCNA 02 Aug 2003 -- The U.S. imperialists committed aerial espionage on the DPRK in July, too, with the mobilization of strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions, according to military sources.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes First Production Air Vehicle of Global Hawk Unmanned Reconnaissance System Northrop Grumman 01 Aug 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector today marked the completion of the first production air vehicle of the U.S. Air Force's combat-proven RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system.In a ceremony at the company's Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale, dignitaries rolled back a curtain to reveal the Global Hawk air vehicle in its new operational gray-and-white paint scheme. The vehicle will complete a final series of systems tests in preparation for its first flight later this month.

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