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August 2005 Intelligence News

  • Accused Cuban Plane Bomber Posada Appears at US Extradition Hearing RFE/RL 31 Aug 2005 -- A Cuban exile and former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative wanted by Venezuela has made an appeal to stay in the United States.
  • Northrop Grumman Nears Completion of First Next-Generation Global Hawk Northrop Grumman 30 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) moved significantly closer to completing the first of its next-generation, enhanced-capability RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) due to deliveries of two critical airframe components within the last month.
  • BAE Systems Achieves First Flight of Its Next-Generation Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle BAE Systems 29 Aug 2005 -- LOS ANGELES -- BAE Systems recently achieved a successful first flight of its third-generation vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle at its Southern California flight test facility.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED CONTRACT TO STUDY INTEGRATION OF U.S. NAVY'S AERIAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS Lockheed Martin 29 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $998,000 contract to study concepts that will assist the Navy in developing approaches to integrate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems in manned and unmanned aircraft.
  • Kashmiri groups urge Pakistan link 'spy' release to Kashmiri's clemency IRNA 28 Aug 2005 -- Pakistan-based Kashmiri groups on Sunday demanded of Pakistan government to seek clemency for a Kashmiri who has been sentenced to death in India on the charges of attack on Indian parliament in 2001.
  • Officials release Predator accident report AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- An engine fire on an MQ-l Predator remotely piloted aircraft resulted in a March 27 crash at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia
  • Pakistan to Allow India to Visit Convicted Spy VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Pakistan has agreed to allow Indian diplomats to visit a jailed Indian man who was sentenced to death for spying.
  • Satellites Watching for Nuclear Tests VOA News 25 Aug 2005 -- For the past eight years, a US satellite called Forte has been traveling over the Earth, searching for covert nuclear test explosions.
  • Central Asia: Uzbek Security Service Steps Up Work In Neighboring Countries RFE/RL 25 Aug 2005 -- Two citizens of Uzbekistan were imprisoned in mid-August in neighboring Tajikistan on charges of espionage.
  • U.S. Interrogator Gets Two Months For Afghan Detainee Abuse RFE/RL 24 Aug 2005 -- An American who served as an interrogator for U.S. military intelligence has been sentenced to two months in prison for abusing an Afghan detainee who later died.
  • BAE SYSTEMS JP129 Solution Strengthened by Recent US Army Decisions BAE Systems 24 Aug 2005 -- BAE Systems Australias JP129 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solution has been given a boost thanks to recent contract awards made by the US Army.
  • Raytheon Reaches DCGS Milestone for DCGS Block 10.2 System Raytheon 23 Aug 2005 -- Raytheon Company has accomplished its first requirement of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) contract; to deliver an experimental Distributed Common Ground System (DGS-X) to Langley Air Force Base, Va., where Raytheon and the Air Force will conduct additional testing and accreditation. The company successfully completed the factory acceptance test for the Air Force DCGS Block 10.2 multi- intelligence core earlier this month.
  • Russia unveils new earth remote sensing system RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2005 -- Earth remote sensing (ERS) systems are widely used throughout the world, as the data obtained has many useful social and economic applications.
  • China Keeps US Businessman Under House Arrest, Accusing Him of Spying for Taiwan VOA 19 Aug 2005 -- U.S. Embassy officials in Beijing say Chinese authorities have held an American businessman under house arrest for more than two months, on accusations that he spied on behalf of Taiwan.
  • British military attache leaves Pakistan IRNA 18 Aug 2005 -- Britain has removed its military attache from his post in Pakistan after he lost confidence of the British High Commission.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN SECURITY SYSTEM READY TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY LOCATIONS IN WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA Lockheed Martin 18 Aug 2005 -- The National Security Agency (NSA) recently accepted the initial release of a highly integrated electronic security system from its systems integrator Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The program's acceptance test milestone was achieved within budget and two months ahead of contract schedule. Upon transition to operations, the sophisticated new security system will protect NSA facilities in the Washington metropolitan area.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding in War on Terrorism AFPS 17 Aug 2005 -- Once used only for remote reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft technology has rapidly evolved in recent years.
  • Fire Scout UAV Successfully Fires Weapons Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems conducted a series of flight tests July 21 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., that culminated in two successful launches of a 2.75-inch Hydra-class rocket from the Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV).
  • UK removes military attache from Pakistan amid 'spy scandal' IRNA 17 Aug 2005 -- Britain was reported Wednesday to have removed its military attache from his post in Islamabad following reports of his "inappropriate relationship" with a suspected Pakistani spy.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes Joint STARS Computer Upgrade Northrop Grumman 16 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently completed Block 20 upgrades to the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft, bringing the entire fleet to the same "open-systems" configuration which will allow the aircraft hardware and software to be upgraded at a lower cost while increasing mission effectiveness to meet future surveillance, targeting and battle-management requirements.
  • U.S. Department of Defense - Israeli Ministry of Defense Joint Press Statement 16 Aug 2005 -- The strategic alliance between the United States and Israel reflects common understandings of the global security environment.
  • Iran Cracks Down On Alleged Separatists RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- Iran announced today that it arrested alleged antigovernment separatists it believes have links to British intelligence services.
  • Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Demonstrates Communication, Imagery-Relay and Logistic Capabilities Northrop Grumman 15 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed data and image relay, video transmissions and supplied delivery to a remote location during a series of tests and demonstrations Aug. 1-3 at Arizona's Yuma Proving Ground. The tests culminated with a fully autonomous flight demonstration for senior military and government leaders.
  • FBI Announces Top Officials for New National Security Branch Washington File 15 Aug 2005 -- The FBI has announced the appointment of the top two officials for its new National Security Branch (NSB).
  • Official Says Radicals Plotting Against Azerbaijan Government RFE/RL 15 Aug 2005 -- Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General Zakir Qaralov today accused unspecified political groupings of plotting to forcibly come to power.
  • Army awards 'Warrior' long-range UAV contract Army News 10 Aug 2005 -- The Army has awarded a $214-million contract for development of an Extended-Range Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial vehicle named the "Warrior."
  • FOUNDATION ADMITS ALLEGED SPY ATTENDED ITS SEMINARS CNA 10 Aug 2005 -- A reporter with the Singapore-based Straits Times who has been in custody in China and is charged with spying for Taiwan attended seminars in Taiwan at the Foundation on International and Cross-strait Studies, the foundation admitted Wednesday.
  • Azerbaijan: Spy Scandal Continues To Raise More Questions Than Answers RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- The Azerbaijani authorities and supporters and associates of Ruslan Bashirli, leader of the opposition youth movement Yeni Fikir, have offered widely diverging accounts of, and explanations for, the events that culminated in Bashirli's arrest last week on charges of plotting to overthrow the Azerbaijani leadership.
  • Northrop Grumman to Deploy Two More Global Hawks in Global War on Terrorism Northrop Grumman 10 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to deploy two production RQ-4A Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance systems early this fall. The air vehicles will join an advanced concept technology demonstration version of the Global Hawk currently in theater supporting the global war on terrorism.
  • Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of Modernized, Multi-Mission Hunter UAV Northrop Grumman 09 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has taken a significant step toward modernizing the U.S. Army's fleet of Hunter unmanned systems by conducting the first engineering flight of an enhanced, multi-mission variant of the current RQ-5A air vehicle called the MQ-5B. The 66-minute check-out flight of the upgraded air vehicle, which features extended range, endurance and weapon capabilities, was conducted July 8 at Libby Air Field, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.
  • A U.S. Court Orders Retrial For Five Cuban Spies VOA 09 Aug 2005 -- A U.S. Appeals Court has overturned the convictions of five Cuban men convicted of spying on the United States and ordered a new trial in the case.
  • US Concerned by Charges Against Hong Kong Journalist VOA 08 Aug 2005 -- The United States Monday expressed concern about spy charges filed by China against a prominent Hong Kong journalist. The journalist, for the Straits Times newspaper of Singapore, is accused of spying for Taiwan.
  • 'Dragon Lady' celebrates 50th anniverary AFPN 08 Aug 2005 -- As people stood by eagerly awaiting its arrival, the U-2 "Dragon Lady," queen of the aerial surveillance and reconnaissance kingdom, glided onto the runway here Aug. 2 proclaiming the beginning of a celebration.
  • US Indicts Two Pro-Israel Lobbyists in Secrets Case VOA 05 Aug 2005 -- U.S. federal prosecutors are moving forward with charges against two former lobbyists for an influential pro-Israel organization, issuing an indictment that says they illegally conspired to receive and disclose classified information
  • Report: Failed pilot bearing caused Predator crash AFPN 05 Aug 2005 -- A failed pilot bearing caused an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility March 30, according to an Air Force report released Aug. 4.
  • Azerbaijan: Baku Implicates Armenian Intelligence In Alleged Coup Bid RFE/RL 05 Aug 2005 -- Azerbaijan's Prosecutor-General's Office announced on 4 August the arrest of Ruslan Bashirli, leader of the opposition youth movement Yeni Fikir (New Thinking), on charges of plotting to overthrow the Azerbaijani leadership at the instigation of Armenian intelligence operatives.
  • NEWS RELEASE U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia 04 Aug 2005 -- Paul McNulty, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that Lawrence Anthony Franklin, age 58, of Kearneysville, WV; Steven J. Rosen, age 63, of Silver Spring, MD; and Keith Weissman, age 53, of Bethesda, MD, were indicted today by a federal grand jury sitting in Alexandria with Conspiracy to Communicate National Defense Information to Persons Not Entitled to Receive It.
  • More Than 160 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage Committed against DPRK KCNA 02 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. imperialists committed at least 160 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in July, according to a military source. Involved in them were strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with various missions that took off U.S. air force bases in south Korea and overseas
  • Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Team Efforts Recognized by U.S. Air Force Two Months in a Row Northrop Grumman 01 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has again recognized a combined Air Force/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) maintenance team for its support of a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle deployed as part of the global war on terrorism. The team was named "Maintenance Team of the Month" in April and May.

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