April 2004 Intelligence News
- MILITARY MUM ON REPORT ABOUT INTELLIGENCE WAR WITH BEIJING IN UKRAINE KCNA 30 Apr 2004 -- The Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) of the Ministry of National Defense declined to make any comment Friday on a media report that intelligence agents from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have engaged in a fierce intelligence war in Ukraine.
- EADS Defence and Communications Systems selected for the CARAPAS demonstrator EADS 29 Apr 2004 -- EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) has been selected by DGA (the French Armament Procurement Agency) for the fast speed UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) CARAPAS demonstrator, the results of which will be used for the Requirements Specification for the Multi Sensors Multi Missions Program.
- RAFAEL's UAV gets a New Name Rafael 28 Apr 2004 -- Due to the great level of interest exhibited by potential customers in Rafael's revolutionary concept of its canister-launched mini-UAV, and in an effort to avoid further confusion, with an aim to distinguish the product from a product with the same name belonging to another company, RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd announces the change in name of its unique mini-UAV from Skylark to Skylite.
- HONG KONG FBI CHIEF VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- The head of the U-S Federal Bureau of Investigation says Washington's partnership with Beijing and Hong Kong is strong in the fight against terrorism - but warned the need for vigilance remains high.
- TIPS Team Welcomes NATO AGS Downselection Northrop Grumman 22 Apr 2004 -- NATO has selected the TIPS Industry consortium to provide its long needed Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system.
- Boeing Team Selected to Continue Softcopy Search Image Analysis Program Boeing 21 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA], a major developer of integrated intelligence solutions, leads an industry team that has moved forward to the final systems development phase of the Softcopy Search program managed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
- ZIMBABWE/SECURITY VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- The Zimbabwe government has stepped up its intelligence operations, according to human-rights workers, trade unionists, and journalists. The 2004 national budget has tripled funds for the Central Intelligence Organization.
- Iraq/U.S.: New Book Contradicts CIA Director's Intelligence RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The failure to find weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq has focused attention on the work of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The agency's director, George Tenet, says President George W. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq last year was based on the best information available at the time. But a new book on the lead-up to the Iraq war portrays Tenet as a man who found this evidence convincing, even as Bush himself expressed skepticism.
- MAC CLOSELY MONITORING REPORTED BEIJING SPY CRACKDOWN CNA 17 Apr 2004 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will closely monitor developments in a reported new mainland Chinese crackdown on Taiwan espionage activities in mainland China, a senior official said Friday.
- NATO takes major step forward towards putting Eyes in the Sky NATO 16 Apr 2004 -- In an important decision for NATO, the Conference of National Armaments Directors today endorsed an earlier decision of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Steering Committee to move forward expeditiously towards the signing of a contract, by Spring 2005, with the Transatlantic Industrial Proposed Solution (TIPS) consortium (made up of EADS, Galileo Avionica, General Dynamics Canada, Indra, Northrop Grumman and Thales) for the Design and Development of a NATO-owned and operated AGS core, based on the solution offered by TIPS for a mix of manned and unmanned air platforms, with their interoperable ground stations.
- INTELLIGENCE UNIT MUM OVER REPORTS ABOUT BEIJING SPY CRACKDOWN CNA 15 Apr 2004 -- The Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) stayed buttoned up Thursday amid reports from Hong Kong that Beijing cracked down on a Taiwan spy ring before the March 20 presidential election, arresting several officers of the People's Liberation Army.
- Northrop Grumman Breaks Ground on Mississippi Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Production Facility Northrop Grumman 14 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) expanded its presence in Jackson County, Miss. April 13 by breaking ground on a new Unmanned Systems Center at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point. The new facility will be operated by the company's Integrated Systems sector, the fourth Northrop Grumman organization to locate in Jackson County.
- 9-11 PROBE VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The director of the U-S Central Intelligence Agency said Wednesday that it will take another five years to improve the agency's ability to counter al-Qaida and other terrorist threats. C-I-A Director George Tenet made the comment to the independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
- U-S INTELLIGENCE REFORM VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- The failure to detect the September 11th plot has heightened calls for changes in the U-S intelligence apparatus. Both the F-B-I -- responsible for domestic intelligence -- and the C-I-A -- the foreign intelligence arm -- have come under criticism at the hearings of the commission investigating the terrorist attacks. But changing the way U-S intelligence agencies do business and interact with each other won't be easy.
- FORMER SECURITY OFFICIAL DENIES LEAKING SECRETS TO MAINLAND CHINA CNA 13 Apr 2004 -- A retired senior officer from the National Security Bureau (NSB) claimed Tuesday that he went to work in mainland China because he did not know he was forbidden by law from visiting the mainland even after retirement, but he added that would be prepared to subject himself to investigation to prove he did not leak classified information to the mainland authorities.
- White House Releases Text of Declassified Intelligence Briefing Washington File 11 Apr 2004 -- The White House released on April 10 the declassified text of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S.," and a fact sheet explaining how the PDB was viewed by the administration before the terrorist attacks on the United States September 11, 2001.
- Committee Hears DoD's Plans for Intelligence Transformation AFPS 09 Apr 2004 -- DoD officials testified before the Senate Armed Services Strategic Subcommittee April 7 on plans to transform intelligence programs within the department.
- Northrop Grumman Announces Mission Suite Solution for U.S. Army's and Navy's Aerial Common Sensor Competition Northrop Grumman 07 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced its solution to the mission suite for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), the U.S. Army's and Navy's next-generation airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system. By using a modular, service-oriented approach, the Northrop Grumman Team's ACS solution will reduce program risk and total ownership cost by making substantial use of off-the-shelf components and mature subsystems.
- Russia: Researcher Sutyagin Convicted Of Espionage RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- A Moscow court yesterday found a Russian nuclear-weapons expert guilty of espionage for the United States and Britain, ending another high-profile treason case against a prominent researcher. Igor Sutyagin, an arms expert from Moscow's respected USA-Canada Institute, could receive a jail term of up to 20 years when he is sentenced on 7 April.
- BAE SYSTEMS To Purchase STI Government Systems BAE Systems 05 Apr 2004 -- BAE Systems North America today announced it has reached a definitive agreement with STI Industries, Inc. (STI), to purchase the assets of STI Government Systems for $27 million in cash. STI Government Systems employs 125 people and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Powell Says U.S. Intelligence On Iraq Mobile Labs Flawed RFE/Rl 03 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has acknowledged that information he presented to the United Nations Security Council aimed at justifying the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was not "solid."
- U.S. Aerial Espionage Numbers More than 220 KCNA 02 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. imperialists' aerial espionage against the DPRK with strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions in March numbered more than 220, according to military sources.
- THREE SUSPECTS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF SPYING FOR MAINLAND CHINA CNA 02 Apr 2004 -- Three men, including a middle-ranking technician with the military-run Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CIST) , were indicted Friday on charges of spying for mainland China.
- Elta Systems, a Subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries Completed Acquisition of Nice System's COMINT/DF Military Intelligence Business Assets sold for $4 Million Israel Aerospace Industries 01 Apr 2004 -- Elta Systems, a Group and Subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), has completed the acquisition of Nice Systems' COMINT/DF military intelligence business assets.
- TERRORISM/AFRICA VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- The Africa subcommittee of the U-S House of Representatives has heard testimony from a State Department official and other witnesses about efforts to prevent al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from establishing sanctuaries in African countries. Some lawmakers and experts say the United States needs to intensify its intelligence-gathering in African countries to reduce their vulnerability to terrorist infiltration:
- CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE/AL-QAIDA VOA 01 Apr 2004 -- Congressional Democrats have announced a plan for reorganizing the country's intelligence system, based on lessons learned from both the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq. The announcement comes as committees heard more testimony from a U-S counter-terror official about the war against the al-Qaida organization:
- Harman and Intelligence Dems Outline 10 Recommendations For Immediate Action - April 1, 2004 -- In an effort to fix the many problems that have plagued United States intelligence in the post-Cold War era, Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA-36), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, with her Democratic colleagues on the Committee, sent a letter to President Bush calling on him to acknowledge shortcomings in prewar intelligence and outlining steps that he can take now to improve intelligence.
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