January 2007 Intelligence News
- BAE SYSTEMS HERTI UAV COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL WOOMERA TRIALS BAE Systems 31 Jan 2007 -- BAE Systems has confirmed the successful completion of a new series of trials for its fully autonomous HERTI UAV (unmanned air vehicle) system.
- Germany orders arrest of 13 CIA agents in Al-Masri kidnapping case IRNA 31 Jan 2007 -- German prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 13 CIA operatives accused of masterminding the kidnapping of a Lebanese-born German citizen in December 2003, media reports said Wednesday.
- US Justice Department to Release Spy Program Documents VOA 31 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. attorney general says he will release to lawmakers secret documents detailing the government's controversial domestic surveillance program.
- Russian president sets tasks for FSB at collegiate meeting RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin outlined Wednesday a wide range of priority tasks for the Federal Security Service (FSB) aimed at protecting Russia's national interests and reducing the number of economic and race hate crimes in the country.
- Supreme Court reduces sentence in official secrets case RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2007 -- Russia's Supreme Court has reduced the prison sentence for a former Finance Ministry official convicted under the official secrets statute from eight to five years, the court press service said Wednesday.
- Changes planned for ISR community AFPN 30 Jan 2007 -- The Air Force director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, recently discussed his plans for improving the service's ISR capabilities.
- Joint Intelligence Operations Center opens in Kabul AFPN 29 Jan 2007 -- The Joint Intelligence Operations Center, a strategic and operational breakthrough in Afghanistan-Pakistan border security, officially opened here Jan. 25 during a ceremony at Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force.
- Former Italian Military Intelligence Chief to Appear in CIA Kidnap Hearing VOA 29 Jan 2007 -- Italy's former military intelligence chief is due to appear in a Milan court Monday, for a preliminary hearing in connection with the kidnapping four years ago of an Egyptian terror suspect.
- Predator accident report released AFPN 26 Jan 2007 -- Pilot error caused an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash during a training mission at Creech AFB, Nev., Aug. 3, 2006, according to an aircraft accident investigation report released Jan. 26 here.
- Russia rules out Litvinenko case suspect extradition to UK RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2007 -- Russia's top prosecutors rule out the extradition to the UK of a key suspect in the murder of security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, a source in the Prosecutor General's Office said Friday.
- Polonium that killed Litvinenko worth thousands, not millions RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2007 -- Polonium-210, which Russia supplies to the United States, is worth no more than several tens of thousands of dollars, a source in the Russian nuclear section said Thursday.
- Defense Lawyer: Libby Used as White House Scapegoat VOA 25 Jan 2007 -- The lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff says his client is being used as a scapegoat in the investigation of who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.
- Afghanistan: Kabul Sharing Intelligence With Pakistan, NATO RFE/RL 24 Jan 2007 -- The NATO-led force International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan, and Pakistan have set up a joint intelligence-sharing center at ISAF headquarters in Kabul.
- Russia: Speculation Still Rife About Litvinenko Case RFE/RL 24 Jan 2007 -- Two months have passed since former Russian intelligence officer Aleksandr Litvinenko died of radioactive poisoning in a London hospital.
- EP committee says EU governments colluded with CIA rendition IRNA 23 Jan 2007 -- The European Parliament's temporary committee on CIA flights and prisoner renditions (TDIP) called Tuesday on the EU Council to open an independent investigation and impose sanctions on EU member states which violated human rights by colluding with CIA rendition in Europe.
- Perjury Trial of Former Cheney Aide Begins VOA 23 Jan 2007 -- The perjury trial has opened for a former top White House aide accused of lying to investigators looking into who leaked the identity of a CIA officer.
- European Parliament Panel Approves CIA Report Findings VOA 23 Jan 2007 -- A special committee of the European Parliament has approved a report saying some European countries were aware of secret CIA flights over Europe, as well as the existence of secret detention centers for kidnapped terror suspects.
- Northrop Grumman Wins Three Biometrics and Identity Management Contracts Northrop Grumman 23 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently won three new biometrics and identity management contracts focused primarily on the intelligence and counterintelligence aspects of biometric technologies in asymmetrical, or non-traditional, warfare.
- Litvinenko Poisoners May Have Tried More Than Once RFE/RL 23 Jan 2007 -- The BBC says former Russian security officer Aleksandr Litvinenko, who died two months ago in London, may have survived a first attempt to poison him with radioactive polonium-210 in mid-October.
- Former Top Cheney Aide Goes On Trial Next Week VOA 19 Jan 2007 -- Opening arguments are anticipated next week in Washington in the criminal trial of Lewis Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney
- U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Pakistan Must Address 'Sanctuary' For Taliban RFE/RL 18 Jan 2007 -- The head of U.S. intelligence operations says Pakistan must do more to address the "sanctuary" that Taliban fighters enjoy in Pakistan before security can improve in Afghanistan.
- Senators Question Top Bush Official About Domestic Surveillance Program VOA 18 Jan 2007 -- U.S. senators have vigorously questioned U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about a controversial program that allowed domestic surveillance without warrants.
- MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashes AFPN 18 Jan 2007 -- A U.S. Central Command Air Forces MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed five miles southeast of Baghdad International Airport Jan. 17 at approximately 11:35 p.m. local Baghdad time
- US Terrorist Surveillance Program Put Under Special Court VOA 17 Jan 2007 -- Big changes are being made in a highly controversial domestic surveillance program launched by the Bush administration after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.
- Lithuania Gives Accused Belarusian Spy to Poland VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- Lithuania has handed over an alleged Belarusian spy to Polish authorities.
- UK experts to visit Russia again on Litvinenko case - Chaika RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2007 -- Russia's top prosecutors have received a request from British investigators to visit the country again to probe the murder of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, the prosecutor general said Tuesday.
- Army Makes Adjustments to Future Force Unmanned Aerial Systems Army News Release 09 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. Army announced Jan. 9 that it is realigning its unmanned aerial assets to correspond better with future joint-force requirements and budgetary constraints
- Bush Makes Key Intelligence and Military Changes VOA 08 Jan 2007 -- President Bush has named a new intelligence chief -- a change in the U.S. national security team that comes as Mr. Bush prepares to unveil a new Iraq strategy
- Demystifying the mystique of intel AFPN 08 Jan 2007 -- Since 9/11, the Air Force intelligence community has focused more on "actionable intel" used by warfighters and leadership
- General Dynamics Awarded $21 Million Contract to Support the U.S. 309th Military Intelligence Battalion General Dynamics 08 Jan 2007 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $20.7 million follow-on contract to provide live and constructive personnel training and simulation support services to the 309th Military Intelligence (MI) Army Battalion.
- World: Former CIA Analyst Says West Misunderstands Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 08 Jan 2007 -- Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where for six years he was in charge of the search for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
- Warsaw's New Archbishop Resigns Amid Communist-Era Spying Scandal VOA 07 Jan 2007 -- The newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw resigned Sunday after he admitted to having spied for Poland's communist-era secret services
- Bush Names Retired Admiral as Director of National Intelligence AFPS 05 Jan 2007 -- President Bush today named retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell as the director of national intelligence to succeed John Negroponte.
- Fact Sheet: Real Progress in Reforming Intelligence Office of the Director of National Intelligence 05 Jan 2007 -- The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 did more than create the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - it charged the Office with significantly reforming and strengthening America's Intelligence Community
- Career Diplomat Nominated as Deputy Secretary of State Washington File 05 Jan 2007 -- President Bush named two experienced public servants January 5 to help lead the United States, calling on retired Navy Admiral John McConnell to succeed the outgoing director of national intelligence as he tapped Ambassador John Negroponte to shift from that key intelligence post to the Number 2 job at the State Department to help shape U.S. foreign policy.
- Bush Names New Intelligence Chief VOA 05 Jan 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush has nominated a new director of national intelligence as he continues to shake-up senior staff with a new deputy secretary of state.
- Negroponte Leaves Top US Intelligence Job to Return to Diplomatic Sphere VOA 05 Jan 2007 -- The top U.S. intelligence job is changing hands just over two years after President Bush signed a law creating the post
- President Bush Nominates John Negroponte as Deputy Secretary of State and Vice Admiral Mike McConnell as Director of National Intelligence The White House 05 Jan 2007
- Fact Sheet: John Negroponte and Mike McConnell: The Right Choices for Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence The White House 05 Jan 2007
- Northrop Grumman's Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload Takes to Air on First U-2 Flight Northrop Grumman 04 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP), a next generation signals intelligence sensor for the U.S. Air Force, recently took to the air on its first flight aboard the U-2 aircraft, launching the flight test phase of the program.
- At Least 2,200 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage Committed against DPRK in 2006 KCNA 01 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. imperialist aggression forces committed more than 2,200 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK this year by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with different missions based overseas and in south Korea, according to a military source
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