May 2008 Intelligence News
- CIA Chief: US Making Gains Against al-Qaida VOA 30 May 2008 -- The chief of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency says al-Qaida is losing influence in the Middle East and is on the defensive in other parts of the world.
- Dassault Aviation, Thales and Indra submit a joint MALE UAV offer in Franco-Spanish cooperation Thales 28 May 2008 -- Dassault Aviation, Thales and Indra have signed an industrial agreement covering Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE UAV) activities. On 22 May 2008 the companies submitted an offer to the French and Spanish Ministries of Defence for a UAV MALE system to be developed within the framework of Franco-Spanish cooperation.
- Russia's FSB accuses official with revealing state secrets RIA Novosti 26 May 2008 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has launched a criminal case against a deputy interior minister in Russia's northwest Komi Republic accused with divulging state secrets.
- Boeing Flies A160T Hummingbird Unmanned Rotorcraft for 18 Hours Boeing 21 May 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] successfully flew its A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft for 18.7 hours May 14-15, claiming an unofficial world endurance record for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) weighing between 1,102 and 5,511 pounds (500 to 2,500 kilograms).
- US Report: FBI Complained About CIA Interrogation Tactics VOA 21 May 2008 -- A U.S. Justice Department report says Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raised concerns about controversial interrogation techniques other U.S. agencies used on terror suspects.
- MQ-9 Reaper drops first GPS-guided weapon AFPN 19 May 2008 -- A test team with the 658th Aeronautical Systems Squadron completed the first Global Positioning System guided weapons release from an MQ-9 Reaper May 13 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, Calif.
- Russia ready to cooperate with Britain on Litvinenko case - FSB RIA Novosti 18 May 2008 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Sunday it was prepared to cooperate with Britain in investigating the case of poisoned defector Alexander Litvinenko after London lifted its unfounded accusations.
- Georgia: Minister Heads To Moscow Amid Fresh Spying Charges RFE/RL 16 May 2008 -- The never-easy relations between Russia and Georgia have suffered a fresh blow, with Russian media reporting that federal security services have detained a Georgian-born Russian citizen on charges of spying for Georgia and engaging in terrorist activities in the North Caucasus.
- Georgia dismisses Russian spy claims as 'provocation' RIA Novosti 16 May 2008 -- The Georgian Interior Ministry has dismissed as a 'provocation' Russian reports that a Georgian intelligence service agent had been detained in southern Russia on Friday.
- Prototype UAV tested at Northern Edge AFPN 14 May 2008 -- Thanks to technology advances in small, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, servicemembers on the ground may be able to get an inside track on what lies ahead, literally.
- Taiwanese-American Pleads Guilty to Spying for China VOA 13 May 2008 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a Taiwanese-American man has pleaded guilty to spying for the Chinese government.
- President Medvedev sets tasks for new FSB chief Bortnikov RIA Novosti 13 May 2008 -- President Dmitry Medvedev met on Tuesday with the new head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Alexander Bortnikov, and outlined key tasks for the service.
- ODNI and DoD Chief Information Officers Embrace Information Sharing Between Interagency Computer Networks 12 May 2008 -- The chief information officers for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) have announced their intent to better integrate their computer networks to enhance national security.
- Egypt's Intelligence Chief in Israel Working on Gaza Truce VOA 12 May 2008 -- Egypt's intelligence chief has held talks with Israeli leaders about a possible truce in the Gaza Strip
- US: Captured Files Closely Tie Venezuela to Colombian Rebels VOA 10 May 2008 -- U.S. intelligence officials say documents seized by Colombian forces during a raid on FARC rebels show that Venezuela has deeper ties with the rebels than previously thought.
- U.S., British Reaper operations combined in Afghanistan AFPN 08 May 2008 -- Since taking flight for the first time here in October 2007, Reapers have flown more than 320 missions and 2,400 combat hours throughout Afghanistan, providing close-air support and precision engagement.
- Afghanistan: Two Iranian Men Detained On Suspicions Of Spying RFE/RL 07 May 2008 -- Two Iranian men have been detained in Afghanistan in separate incidents on suspicion of spying near NATO and Afghan military installations.
- Air Force's only UAV wing marks one year in the fight AFPN 06 May 2008 -- Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, congratulated Airmen at Creech Air Force Base May 6 as the 432nd Wing marked its first year as the Air Force's only MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle wing.
- Predator combat air patrols double in one year AFPN 06 May 2008 -- A significant milestone was reached more than two years ahead of schedule May 1 with the beginning of the 24th MQ-1 Predator combat air patrol in the war on terrorism.
- WATCHKEEPER UAV undertakes maiden flight Thales 06 May 2008 -- Thales UK today announces the successful first flight of the WATCHKEEPER unmanned air vehicle (UAV) platform.
- UAS Center Unveiled at Army Aviation's 25th Anniversary Army News 05 May 2008 -- Army aviation officials unveiled a new Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence during the 25th anniversary of the Army Aviation Branch Friday.
- Analysis: The Syrian Nuclear Puzzle cfr.org 01 May 2008 -- On matters of nonproliferation, policymakers and weapons inspectors share a disdain for secrets
- DoD Changes Security Clearance Question on Mental Health AFPS 01 May 2008 -- The Defense Department will change a question on its long-standing security clearance form referencing an applicant's mental health history because officials believe it is needlessly preventing some people from seeking counseling.
- Questionnaire for Security Clearances Revised 01 May 2008 -- The Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have approved revisions to question 21 on the Questionnaire for National Security Positions, Standard Form (SF) 86, regarding mental and emotional health counseling.
- More than 170 Cases of Aerial Espionage Committed against DPRK in April KCNA 01 May 2008 -- Warmongers of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces and the south Korean puppet armed forces committed at least 170 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK with the mobilization of strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions in April, according to a military source.
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