August 2006 Intelligence News
- China Sends Hong Kong Reporter to Prison on Spy Charges VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- A court in Beijing has sentenced a Hong Kong journalist who was working for a Singapore newspaper to five years in prison on espionage charges
- BAE Systems to Develop Net-Centric Targeting System BAE Systems 31 Aug 2006 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencys (NGA) InnoVision Directorate has selected BAE Systems to develop a web-based surveillance and targeting system. The system will rapidly identify battlefield targets and other possible threats and greatly speed decision-making by intelligence analysts and military personnel.
- Raytheon Delivers Warrior UAS Sensors, Completes Verification Flight Testing Raytheon 29 Aug 2006 -- Raytheon Company completed EO/IR/LD (electro-optical/infrared/laser designator) sensor verification flight testing for the U.S. Army Warrior unmanned aerial system (UAS) this month.
- New intel squadron turns aerial eye on terrorists AFPN 29 Aug 2006 -- The reactivation of the 11th Intelligence Squadron here marks a milestone for Air Force Special Operations Command, which gains its first intelligence squadron
- US Journalist Charged in Sudan With Spying VOA 27 Aug 2006 -- An American journalist is being held in Sudan's Darfur region on charges of espionage and entering the country illegally
- Northrop Grumman Unveils Next Generation Global Hawk Northrop Grumman 25 Aug 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) rolled out the first production version of the new RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system in a ceremony today at the company's Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale. Company and U.S. Air Force officials introduced the advanced capability Block 20 air vehicle to an audience of senior government and military representatives, community and civic leaders, industry teammates and employees.
- Russia: Spy Cases Not Quite Like Old Times RFE/RL 24 Aug 2006 -- The Moscow City Court on August 23 sentenced a Russian man to 12 years at a high-security prison for attempting to pass military secrets to Germany.
- U.S. "Pleased" by Creation of South American Intelligence Center Washington File 24 Aug 2006 -- The United States is "pleased" by the creation of a new South American regional intelligence center designed to fight transnational crime and corruption emanating from the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, says the U.S. State Department.
- US Congressional Report Highlights Intelligence Gaps on Iran's Nuclear Program VOA 24 Aug 2006 -- A U.S. congressional committee has issued a report alleging major gaps in U.S. intelligence on Iran's nuclear program and calling for a concerted effort to improve America's information-gathering capabilities
- House Intelligence Committee Releases Report on Iranian Strategic Threat House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy 23 Aug 2006 -- U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced the release of a committee report on the strategic and intelligence challenges posed by Iran.
- AFRL awards $49.9 million contract to Colorado firm AFPN 21 Aug 2006 -- The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate has awarded a $49.9 million contract to Intelligent Software Solution Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colo., to upgrade intelligence capabilities at U.S. sites around the world.
- Senior leaders eye robust intelligence capabilities, peopleAFPN 21 Aug 2006 -- Several active duty and retired senior leaders from the Air Force intelligence community gathered with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley at the Pentagon recently as part of an intelligence summit and strategy session.
- Austrian suspect in Russia spying case released, probe continues RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2006 -- A former employee of an Austrian industrial group detained in July on suspicion of spying for Russia has been released from custody on a pledge not to leave Innsbruck, an Austrian prosecutor said Monday.
- Republican Senators Disagree on US Surveillance Program VOA 20 Aug 2006 -- A senator from President Bush's Republican Party says the president overstepped his authority by ordering an anti-terrorist program to monitor international phone calls without court orders.
- Mission Manager for Cuba and Venezuela Announced Office of the Director of National Intelligence 18 Aug 2006
- Bush Condemns Court Ruling Against Wiretap Program VOA 18 Aug 2006 -- President Bush says he strongly disagrees with a federal judge's decision that the administration's eavesdropping program aimed at suspected terrorists is unconstitutional.
- Statement on the Terrorist Surveillance Program The White House 18 Aug 2006
- Statement from the Department of Justice on Today's Ruling on the Terrorist Surveillance Program US Dept. of Justice 17 Aug 2006
- CIA Contractor Found Guilty of Beating Afghan Detainee VOA 17 Aug 2006 -- A U.S. court has found a former CIA contractor guilty of assaulting an Afghan detainee, who later died of his injuries.
- US Judge Orders Stop to Wiretapping Program VOA 17 Aug 2006 -- A federal judge Thursday halted a controversial warrantless wiretapping program undertaken by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
- Global Hawk Flies High, Sees All in Rim of the Pacific Navy Exercise Northrop Grumman 16 Aug 2006 -- During the multi-national Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the RQ-4 Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration system produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) flew four successful maritime surveillance missions to demonstrate the system's capabilities from identifying targets in a coastal, or littoral, environment to wide area maritime search, tracking and identification. The RIMPAC exercise was conducted in late July in the Pacific Ocean around Hawaii.
- BAE Systems Selected to Support Geospatial Center of Excellence BAE Systems 15 Aug 2006 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has selected BAE Systems to implement its Mensuration Services Program (MSP). The program is an enterprise system that supports NGAs role to provide precision geospatial imagery and products to Americas armed forces.
- UAV Races Draw Future Leaders in Engineering Navy NewsStand 15 Aug 2006 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held their ninth annual International Autonomous Vehicle Competition Aug. 3-6 at the Point Loma Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Center in San Diego.
- Hong Kong Trial of Journalist Accused of Spying Begins VOA 15 Aug 2006 -- The trial of a Hong Kong journalist accused of spying in China has opened in Beijing.
- BAE Systems successfully Tests Skylynx II unmanned Aircraft System BAE Systems 14 Aug 2006 -- BAE Systems successfully completed tests on its Skylynx II unmanned aircraft system at Yuma Proving Grounds on Aug. 9. During test flights it met key requirements including acoustic performance, endurance, and payload capability for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition missions. The aircraft was developed to support missions such as those critical to the U.S. Marine Corps Tier II (regiment-level) unmanned aircraft program.
- Cuba Government Criticizes US Conviction of Cuban Spies VOA 10 Aug 2006 -- The Cuban government has criticized a decision by a U.S. appeals court to uphold the convictions of five Cuban men found spying on the United States.
- Colonel convicted of spying for U.K. appeals verdict RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2006 -- Lawyers acting for a Russian military intelligence colonel sentenced to 13 years in prison for spying for the United Kingdom have filed an appeal, a spokesman for the Moscow district military court said Thursday.
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates Synthetic Aperture Laser Radar for Tactical Imagery Northrop Grumman 10 Aug 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully designed, built and flight demonstrated one of the world's first synthetic aperture laser radar systems.
- SAIC Accredited Testing and Evaluation Labs Launch Cryptographic Module Testing Lab SAIC 09 Aug 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) today announced the opening of a Cryptographic Module Testing Lab (CMTL). This new lab has been accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to carry out Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-1 and 140-2 testing and will reside within SAIC's Accredited Testing and Evaluation Labs, which are recognized as market leaders in Common Criteria (ISO/IEC15408) certification.
- Russian convicted spy colonel worked for Britain's MI6 RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2006 -- A Russian military intelligence colonel sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday spied for the United Kingdom, Russia's main security service said.
- U.S. Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $135 Million Contract Modification for Fire Scout UAV Northrop Grumman 08 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $135.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) program.
- Russian scientist given 6-year suspended sentence for spying RIA Novosti 08 Aug 2006 -- A Russian scientist has been given a suspended prison sentence of six years after being convicted of espionage, a court spokesman said Tuesday.
- Trial Begins for CIA Interrogator Accused of Beating Afghan Man VOA 08 Aug 2006 -- The trial of a CIA interrogator accused of badly beating an Afghan detainee in 2003 has begun in the southeastern state of North Carolina.
- Pakistan declares Indian diplomat 'persona non grata' IRNA 05 Aug 2006 -- Pakistan has declared an Indian diplomat persona non grata on charges of 'holding sensitive documents', a TV channel reported on Saturday.
- Congress Urged To Define "War Crimes" Under Geneva Conventions Washington File 03 Aug 2006 -- Administration officials and armed forces personnel asked Congress to define clearly U.S. law with respect to terrorism. They made the request during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee August 2.
- Global Hawk passes 10,000 flight hours milestone AFPN 02 Aug 2006 -- The Global Hawk unmanned aerial system continues to prove its utility and effectiveness in the global war on terror, having flown more than 10,500 flight hours by late July.
- FAA authorizes Predators to seek survivors AFPN 02 Aug 2006 -- Traditionally tasked to hunt for targets, Air Combat Command's Predators are now authorized to seek survivors during disaster relief operations.
- Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller retires after 34 years Army News 01 Aug 2006 -- After more than 34 years of service, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller retired from the Army in a private ceremony at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes yesterday.
- ROVER adds extra set of eyes to sky AFPN 01 Aug 2006 -- A demonstration of the Remote Operated Video Enhanced Receiver during field training here on July 28 allowed basic cadets an opportunity to see how an extra set of eyes in the sky is a critical weapon in military arsenals.
- Verdict on Russian scientist accused of spying postponed RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2006 -- The verdict in an espionage trial of a Russian scientist has been postponed until August 8, a court spokesman said Wednesday.
- S. Korea's Launch of Spy Satellite under Fire KCNA 02 Aug 2006 -- South Korea launched a satellite aimed at spying on the north at a time when the situation is getting extremely tense on the Korean Peninsula due to the U.S. reckless sanctions and moves for a nuclear war against the north.
- At least 160 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage Committed in July KCNA 01 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. imperialists committed at least 160 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in July, according to military sources. Involved there were strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes based in south Korea and overseas.
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