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October 2004 Intelligence News

  • BIN LADEN/CONGRESS/INTEL VOA 29 Oct 2004 -- The first videotape to appear in more than one year showing (al-Qaida terrorist leader) Osama Bin Laden threatening new attacks on the United States is already causing renewed concern on Capitol Hill. At the same time, the videotape has thrown more attention on the failure so far of congressional negotiators to finalize legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence community.
  • 9-11 FAMILIES/CONGRESS VOA 27 Oct 2004 -- With hopes all but completely faded for compromise on a final intelligence reform bill, families of victims of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks are blaming Congress and President Bush for failing to act before the U.S. election. Differences of opinion between two organizations representing families emerged during a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 25 Oct 2004 -- The bipartisan federal commission that probed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is urging Congress to conclude its work on intelligence reform -- warning that the movement for reform could die if not acted upon this year.
  • Northrop Grumman Offers Next Generation Hunter II for U.S. Army UAV System Competition Northrop Grumman 25 Oct 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has proposed using an upgraded version of the fourth-generation, in-production Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Army's new Extended-Range/Multi-Purpose UAV System.
  • Thales Announces UK Government Version of the Datacryptor AP High-Speed IP Encryptor Thales 25 Oct 2004 -- The first product based on this new AP platform is a 100 Mbps IP encryptor that sets a new price/performance standard for securing the confidentiality and integrity of data, voice and video transmissions over a public IP network. Datacryptor AP joins the well-established Datacryptor 2000 family of Link, Frame Relay and IP encryptors that are already approved by CESG to protect information classified at RESTRICTED, CONFIDENTIAL and short- or long-term SECRET. CESG is the information assurance arm of GCHQ that is responsible for evaluating and approving security products for use by the Government. Datacryptor AP is currently being evaluated at Enhanced Grade by CESG under the Cryptographic Assisted Products Scheme (CAPS).
  • CONGRESS / INTEL VOA 22 Oct 2004 -- Lawmakers negotiating a final bill on reforming the U.S. intelligence system say contentious issues still stand in the way of agreement. House and Senate members have not ruled out a deal before the U.S. election early next month, but say more time may be required to do the job right in order to protect Americans from another terrorist attack.
  • Levin Releases Report on Pre-War Intelligence Office of Senator Carl Levin 21 Oct 2004 -- Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) released a report today of an inquiry he initiated on June 27, 2003 and conducted by the SASC Minority Staff.
  • Department of Defense Statement Regarding The Levin Minority Report 21 Oct 2004 -- The Levin report appears to depart from the bipartisan, consultative relationship that exists between the Department of Defense and the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Department cooperated carefully with Senator Levin's investigation, knowing that Senator Levin might decide, as he did, not to seek a unanimous -- or at least bipartisan -- report.
  • CONGRESS - IRAQ VOA 21 Oct 2004 -- A key Senate Democrat is accusing the U.S. Defense Department of exaggerating the threat from Iraq to justify the war.
  • White House Daily Briefing, October 20 Washington File 20 Oct 2004 -- Iraq: Zarqawi connection and U.S. intelligence
  • CONGRESS/INTEL VOA 20 Oct 2004 -- Congressional negotiators have formally begun the difficult task of reconciling House and Senate bills to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system. Their first meeting was marked by some partisan disagreement over how to come up with a compromise bill President Bush could sign before the U.S. election on November 2nd, implementing recommendations of the 9-11 Commission that investigated the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • State Department Uses Satellite Imagery as Key Foreign Policy Tool Washington File 12 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. State Department is using remote-sensing technology on board satellites in an increasing number of nonmilitary applications to support U.S. foreign policy objectives, and one of the fastest-growing applications may be humanitarian assistance.
  • CACI Awarded $266 Million in Previously Unannounced Contracts to Support National Security and Intelligence CACI 12 Oct 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has won approximately $266 million in contracts to support national security and intelligence activities for clients in the federal government. The awards call for CACI to provide network services, systems integration, knowledge management, and intelligence support, among other solutions. All the contracts were awarded in CACI's first fiscal year 2005 quarter, which ended September 30, 2004. Approximately 60 percent of the $266 million is new work for CACI. The significant increase in the value of these awards confirms CACI's continued successful expansion of its core offerings for national security and intelligence solutions.
  • Uzbekistan: Britain's Ambassador At Center Of Controversy Over Human Rights REF/RL 12 Oct 2004 -- Britain's ambassador to Tashkent is at the center of a controversy over comments he is reported to have made about human rights abuses in Uzbekistan and Britain's alleged use of intelligence information obtained through torture. The comments are said to have been contained in a classified memorandum written in July by Ambassador Craig Murray. The memorandum was leaked this week to the British press. According to media reports, Murray is now being prevented by Britain's Foreign Office from returning to his post pending a review of his security clearance. But the British government said today Murray is still its ambassador. Human rights groups, meanwhile, are praising Murray's courage while also questioning how such a confidential memo could have been made public.
  • CONGRESS / INTEL VOA 08 Oct 2004 -- Legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence community has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The vote sets the stage for negotiations with the Senate on a final bill implementing recommendations of the independent commission on the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases Comprehensive Suite of Geospatial Intelligence Solutions at GEOINT 2004 Northrop Grumman 08 Oct 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight its support to national security and homeland defense this week at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's GEOINT 2004 Symposium.
  • Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of First Navy Global Hawk Northrop Grumman 07 Oct 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation conducted the first flight of the first RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle slated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD).
  • Global Hawk UAV Makes First Flight for the Navy Navy NewsStand 07 Oct 2004 -- The first RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) slated for the Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program made its first flight from Palmdale, Calif., to Edward's Air Force Base Oct. 6.
  • HOUSE / INTEL VOA 07 Oct 2004 -- The House of Representatives is considering its version of legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system, following Senate approval (on Wednesday) of a separate measure.
  • Army tests blimp as eye in sky Army News 05 Oct 2004 -- The Army experimented last week with the capabilities of a free-flying mobile aerial reconnaissance platform over the Washington, D.C., area.
  • CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 05 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a sweeping reorganization of the nation's intelligence community as early as Wednesday, following the recommendations of a bipartisan commission that probed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • CONGRESS/9-11 VOA 05 Oct 2004 -- The House of Representatives will soon debate major legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system, as the Senate also moves toward a vote on a separate bipartisan intelligence reform bill. Although lawmakers all believe in the objective, Democrats and Republicans continue to passionately defend their methods for achieving it
  • Reconnaissance Office Transforms Space ISR AFPS 04 Oct 2004 -- The National Reconnaissance Office serves as the nation's eyes and ears in space. And while other organizations are working to transform military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the ground, the NRO is looking at that transformation with a bird's-eye view.
  • Over 180 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage in September KCNA 02 Oct 2004 -- The U.S. imperialists have committed over 180 cases of aerial espionage against the northern half of Korea in September by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes on different missions.

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