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December 2004 Intelligence News

  • Center for Cryptology Offers Tailored Waterfront Training Navy NewsStand 30 Dec 2004 -- In October, The Center for Cryptology Corry Station initiated a new training program for sea-based cryptologic technicians (CT), specifically tailored to individual strengths and weaknesses, in the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group (CSG), homeported in Norfolk, Va., and the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in San Diego.
  • Report: Fire caused Predator crash AFPN 29 Dec 2004 -- A fire caused an MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to crash while supporting operations near Balad Air Base, Iraq, on Aug. 17, according to an Air Force report released Dec. 29.
  • U.S. Energy Department Database Locates Tsunami Victims Washington File 28 Dec 2004 -- Relief agencies working to help victims of the December 26 tsunamis in the Indian Ocean are using a demographic database developed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.
  • US INTELLIGENCE / CHINA VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- Challenges and shortcomings in the U.S. intelligence system made headlines this year, as President Bush signed into law the intelligence system's largest overhaul in decades. The solutions may be new, but problems in intelligence gathering are old. Recently declassified documents show American intelligence had difficulties obtaining accurate information during the Cold War, especially when the target was Communist China.
  • Intelligence Reform Law Encourages U.S. Engagement in Mideast Washington File 23 Dec 2004 -- A newly enacted law that overhauls the U.S. intelligence community contains provisions requiring the United States to commit to a long-term and sustainable investment in promoting engagement throughout predominantly Muslim countries.
  • Northrop Grumman Prepares for Next Phase of Army's Future Unmanned Armed Rotorcraft Program by Passing Key Hardware, Software Milestones Northrop Grumman 22 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) demonstrated key refinements to its hardware and software designs for the Army's Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program during a review this month.
  • Boeing ScanEagle UAV Demonstrates Communications Relay Utilizing Harris' Secure Wireless Technology Boeing 21 Dec 2004 -- ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, successfully demonstrated high-speed wireless communications relay during a recent flight at the Boeing Boardman test range.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $5.8 Million Contract to Develop NSA Acquisition Wide Area Network General Dynamics 21 Dec 2004 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $5.8 million contract to provide analysis, design and implementation support for the Acquisition Wide Area Network (AWAN) procurement system for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) and their industry participant base. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Northrop Grumman, Air Force Use Joint STARS Surveillance Aircraft to Demonstrate Secure, Airborne Internet Capability Northrop Grumman 21 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully demonstrated an airborne capability to collaborate real time via Internet 'chat rooms', e-mail, and the Web, all within a secure, classified environment.
  • Intelligence Law Contains Enhanced Border Security Provisions Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- A newly enacted law overhauling the U.S. intelligence system includes provisions to strengthen border security, track and curtail terrorist travel, and increase criminal penalties for terrorist crimes.
  • First cryptography lab inaugurated IRNA 19 Dec 2004 -- First cryptography and security systems laboratory was inaugurated on Sunday in Science and Industry University.
  • Ariane Rocket Launched with Seven Satellites VOA News 18 Dec 2004 -- An Ariane rocket has lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, carrying seven satellites, including at least one that is to gather intelligence for France's military.
  • Burma Dismantles Military Intelligence Unit VOA News 19 Dec 2004 -- Burma's military junta has begun to dismantle a military intelligence unit formerly headed by disgraced Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.
  • Bush Signs Intelligence Reform Bill Into Law AFPS 17 Dec 2004 -- President Bush today signed into law a bill designed to improve coordination and effectiveness among the nation's various intelligence networks.
  • Mission of U.S. Intelligence Community Is Diverse Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- The post of national intelligence director established by the new intelligence reform law will oversee a federation of executive branch agencies and organizations working separately and together. Following is a fact sheet on those organizations and their operations, as prepared by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs.
  • History of Intelligence Reform Reflects Past Contingencies Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- Established in 1947 to prevent another Pearl Harbor-like sneak attack on the United States, the U.S. intelligence community is about to undergo the most sweeping overhaul since its inception as the result of another surprise assault: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Bush Signs Intelligence Reform Legislation Washington File 17 Dec 2004 -- President Bush has signed legislation that will dramatically change the nation's intelligence-gathering system and strengthen efforts to thwart the threat of terrorism.
  • BUSH INTELLIGENCE VOA 17 Dec 2004 -- President Bush has signed into law sweeping changes to U.S. intelligence operations, including a new Director of National Intelligence. The changes follow recommendations from a bi-partisan commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
  • UN/LISTENING DEVICE VOA 17 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations says a listening device was discovered in its European headquarters in Geneva. The United Nations says the device was found in a room used by political leaders and other dignitaries attending U.N. meetings.
  • No CIA bases in Pakistan, says Army IRNA 14 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan has denied a newspaper report that US Central Investigation Agency (CIA) had set up covert bases in the country`s remote tribal regions to hunt down Osama bin Laden.
  • BORDER PATROL/INTELLIGENCE BILL VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The new intelligence overhaul bill passed by the U.S. Congress includes provisions to beef up border protection, including authorization of a near doubling of Border Patrol agents in the coming years. But representatives of the agents in the field say more action is urgently needed to deal with the overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants.
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The sweeping intelligence reform bill passed by the U.S. Congress this week and awaiting President Bush's signature reorganizes the intelligence community. But it also strengthens the government's powers to pursue terrorists, and seeks to improve ties with the Muslim world.
  • FOREIGN INTEL VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Legislation approved by the U.S. Congress contains hundreds of pages dealing with the reorganization of the U.S. intelligence system, and improving domestic security. But missing from many headlines are steps U.S. lawmakers hope will increase cooperation with other countries in the war on terrorism, and help combat extremism in the Muslim world.
  • President Welcomes Intelligence Bill AFPS 09 Dec 2004 -- Congress has passed - and President Bush will sign - a historic piece of legislation that will revamp the nation's intelligence system.
  • Success for Israel Aircraft Industries' Hunter UAV in Europe and the United States Israel Aerospace Industries 09 Dec 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Malat Division's Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) demonstrates its maturity and its broad use by militaries and security organizations around the world. Statements issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defense and the United States Department of Homeland Security provide operational scenarios of the Hunter's ability to function in a wide range of missions, under different geographical conditions.
  • CONGRESS/IMMIGRATION VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- Republican lawmakers who were unsuccessful in having stronger immigration provisions included in intelligence reform legislation are vowing to make the issue a top priority in the new 109th Congress in January.
  • CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Senate has given final approval to a sweeping intelligence reform bill Wednesday, a day after passage by the House of Representatives. The vote was 89 to two. The measure now goes to President Bush for his signature.
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The Senate is expected to pass a sweeping intelligence reform bill and send it to President Bush for his signature.
  • CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- The House of Representatives has approved legislation reorganizing the nation's intelligence system. The vote was 336 to 75. The Senate is expected to follow, sending the bill, designed to improve the coordination, collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence, to President Bush who has indicated he will sign it into law.
  • IMMIGRATION/INTELLIGENCE BILL VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- A compromise between the House of Representatives and the Senate in Washington has cleared the way for passage of a sweeping intelligence reform bill. As part of the compromise, controversial sections to restrict illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses were dropped. But the debate over this issues is likely to continue.
  • CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- Congress is moving quickly to approve wide-ranging legislation reorganizing the nation's intelligence system. Votes in the House and Senate would send the bill, designed to improve the coordination as well as collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence, to President Bush who has indicated he will sign it into law.
  • CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE VOA 07 Dec 2004 -- Congress is moving to debate and pass wide-ranging legislation to reorganize the nation's intelligence system. Votes in the House and Senate, expected Tuesday and Wednesday, will send the bill on to President Bush who will sign it into law.
  • CONGRESS/INTELLIGENCE VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- House and Senate lawmakers say they have overcome one of two remaining obstacles to approval of legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system, and implement other measures to strengthen defenses against terrorism. But negotiators were still working on one major outstanding issue, even as President Bush and families of people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks issued more urgent appeals for action.
  • US/INTELLIGENCE REFORM VOA 05 Dec 2004 -- Leading Republican and Democratic lawmakers continue to press for passage of a landmark bill to reform U.S. intelligence agencies. The fate of the legislation appears to hinge on a few key representatives of President Bush's Republican Party, who oppose the bill in its current form.
  • Over 190 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage Committed against DPRK KCNA 02 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. imperialists committed more than 190 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions in November, according to a military source.
  • Rheinmetall Defence Electronics and Teledyne Brown alliance targets U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles market Rheinmetall Defence 01 Dec 2004 -- Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH and Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, have formed a groundbreaking alliance to market a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the U.S. government.
  • Espionage scenario to question Iran`s faith in IAEA accord foiled IRNA 01 Dec 2004 -- Ministry of Information said on Wednesday that the intelligence officers have arrested an individual portraying himself as managing a company involved in manufacturing centrifuges in an orchestrated attempt to prove that Iran still has not stopped centrifuge assembling.

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