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February 2005 Intelligence News

  • MI5 to take over security intelligence in Northern Ireland IRNA 24 Feb 2005 -- Britain`s MI5 is to take charge of national security intelligence work in Northern Ireland, Secretary of State Paul Murphy announced Thursday.
  • DoD Not Conducting Flights Over Iran, Spokesman Says AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- Despite Iranian claims to the contrary, U.S. military aircraft are not flying missions in Iran's airspace, Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said here today.
  • PENTAGON / IRAN VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Defense Department has denied a claim by Iran that U.S. spy planes have been flying over that country in an effort to gather intelligence about its nuclear facilities.
  • Northrop Grumman to Expand Unmanned Air Vehicle Facility in Mississippi Northrop Grumman 18 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is expanding the scope of work at its planned Jackson County, Miss., unmanned- systems center at Trent Lott International Airport to include the low-cost manufacture of subassemblies for the U.S. Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV).
  • CONGRESS / INTELLIGENCE VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Senate leaders are vowing expedited proceedings to confirm John Negroponte, the current U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as national intelligence director. Initial reaction from Senators has been positive
  • Bush Nominates Negroponte as National Intelligence Boss AFPS 17 Feb 2005 -- President Bush today nominated the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to serve as the nation's first director of national intelligence.
  • Negroponte Nominated To Become Director of National Intelligence Washington File 17 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has nominated U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte to become the nation's first director of national intelligence, overseeing the nation's 15 separate intelligence agencies.
  • BUSH / INTELLIGENCE VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has nominated U.S. Ambassdor to Iraq John Negroponte to fill the new position of director of national intelligence. If confirmed by the Senate, the veteran diplomat will oversee the work of all 15 U.S. government intelligence agencies.
  • US / INTELLIGENCE CHIEF VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's choice to be director of national intelligence comes two months after the legislation was passed creating the new post. The DNI, as he is already being called, is expected to coordinate the activities of U.S. intelligence. But the actual extent of the new director's authority will probably be determined only after some bureaucratic battles among the various intelligence agencies.
  • President Nominates Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence The White House 17 Feb 2005 -- " I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Ambassador John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence. The Director's responsibility is straightforward and demanding. John will make sure that those whose duty it is to defend America have the information we need to make the right decisions. John understands America's global intelligence needs because he spent the better part of his life in our foreign service, and is now serving with distinction in the sensitive post of our nation's first Ambassador to a free Iraq."
  • Iran: Tehran Accuses U.S. Of Spying On Nuclear Sites RFE/RL 17 Feb 2005 -- Iran said yesterday that the United States has been spying on Iranian nuclear and military sites for some time using satellites and other means. The announcement followed a report in "The Washington Post" on 13 February that quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying American drones have been flying over Iran to seek evidence of nuclear weapon programs. Experts say that flying surveillance planes over a country's airspace is a violation of international laws.
  • Boeing, AATD to Study UAV Challenges During Weapons Tests Aboard Unmanned Little Bird Boeing 17 Feb 2005 -- When Boeing [NYSE: BA] begins testing weapons on its Unmanned Little Bird in the coming weeks, company engineers will be focused well beyond the aircraft's ability to launch ordnance.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives $103 Million to Begin Upgrade to Joint STARS Air-Traffic Management Systems Northrop Grumman 17 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force's fleet of E-8C aircraft will receive updated air-traffic management systems under a $103 million, three-year system design and development contract recently awarded by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
  • Small UAV provides eyes in the sky for battalions Army News 16 Feb 2005 -- The Raven could very well be "the little engine that could" of the unmanned aerial vehicle fleet.
  • CIA, FBI Chiefs Categorize Terror Threat Before Senate AFPS 16 Feb 2005 -- The al Qaeda terrorist network is still a significant threat, said the director of Central Intelligence.
  • CONGRESS - INTELLIGENCE VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- U.S. intelligence officials say Islamic militants along with Iran and North Korea are the top threats facing the United States. They offered their assessments at a public hearing before a Senate panel Wednesday
  • CONGRESS / INTEL / AFRICA VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- U.S. intelligence officials say political instability in Africa is posing a challenge to the fight against terrorism. They made their comments at Senate hearings Wednesday.
  • US espionage against Iran is not something new: Younessi IRNA 16 Feb 2005 -- Iran`s Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younessi said here Wednesday that the United States` Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been always spying against Iran using satellites and other tools.
  • AUSTRALIA IRAQ WMD VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- An Australian scientist involved in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has claimed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency doctored his reports to suggest that such weapons existed when they did not. Rod Barton, a microbiologist, has told Australian television he quit the Iraq Survey Group in disgust at the censorship of its interim report presented to the U.S. Congress last March.
  • Report Details US Spy Flights Over Iran VOA News 13 Feb 2005 -- A published report says the United States has been flying drones over Iran for almost a year, looking for evidence of nuclear weapons programs and detect weaknesses in air defenses.
  • INTELLIGENCE FILES VOA 09 Feb 2005 -- The Central Intelligence Agency has agreed to release thousands of documents on Nazi war criminals to a government historical research group. The agreement ends an impasse over 60-year-old papers that are believed to show ties between the CIA and former Nazis after World War Two.
  • Predators Protect Troops AFPS 09 Feb 2005 -- The loud roars of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons here are familiar reminders of close-air support, but unmanned Predators silently swarm the skies protecting troops by different means.
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Demonstration Flights for Army UAV Program Northrop Grumman 08 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has begun ground and flight demonstrations of the new Hunter II medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it has proposed as the U.S. Army's next generation UAV system.
  • Desert Hawk UAV patrols Tallil AFPN 07 Feb 2005 -- Airmen of the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are using a miniature UAV called a "Desert Hawk" that provides an extra set of eyes in the sky, gathering information and identifying threats.
  • President Bush Proposes Increase in Landsat 7 Funding for 2006 Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget calls for increasing the budget for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Landsat 7 Earth-imaging satellite by $12 million.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Preferred Contractor For Major ISTAR Programme BAE Systems 04 Feb 2005 -- BAE Systems C4ISR Networked Systems & Solutions (NS&S) has been down-selected as the preferred contractor for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Project SHAMAN. This 140m ISTAR programme will provide the Royal Navy with its next generation Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) capability. The programme encompasses the supply of the CESM systems, the installation on multiple platforms, training and through life support over a 20+ year period. The programme now moves into a 12 - 14 month Advanced Demonstration Phase ahead of the main production programme.
  • ILS LAUNCHES NRO PAYLOAD Lockheed Martin 03 Feb 2005 -- When an Atlas III launch vehicle successfully placed a national security payload into orbit early this morning, it set an industry record of 75 consecutive successful missions for the Atlas vehicle.
  • INTELLIGENCE FILES VOA 03 Feb 2005 -- The Central Intelligence Agency is coming under Congressional pressure for refusing to release thousands of documents on Nazi war criminals to a government historical research group. Historians believe the documents may contain embarrassing disclosures about postwar working relationships between U.S. intelligence operatives and former Nazis.
  • TERRORISM/SECURITY THREATS VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- Experts appearing at a congressional hearing (Wednesday) say the United States faces a range of threats to its security in coming years. These include continuing dangers posed by North Korea, the growing power of China, and continuing threats from Islamic extremists.
  • Over 180 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage in January KCNA 02 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists committed over 180 cases of day and night aerial espionage against the DPRK in January by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with various missions, according to a military source.

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