February 2009 Intelligence News
- Number of Cases of Aerial Espionage against DPRK on Steady Increase KCNA 27 Feb 2009 -- The U.S. imperialists and the warmongers of the south Korean puppet army perpetrated madcap aerial espionage against the DPRK by massively mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes with various missions in February, according to a military source.
- UK admits handing over Iraq prisoners to US for rendition IRNA 27 Feb 2009 -- UK government under pressure to hold inquiry into role in extraordinary rendition of terror suspects.
- Britain Acknowledges Two 'Rendition' Cases VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Britain admitted that 2 terror suspects captured in 2004 in Iraq were later surrendered to the US and transferred to a prison in Afghanistan.
- Office of Naval Intelligence Begins Historic Transformation Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- Office of Naval Intelligence transforming to align its resources and analytical expertise to meet evolving requirements.
- Aggressors prowl for Air Force information AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- A little known unit performs a unique USAF mission: hacking into the vast computer networks.
- US Intelligence Director Warns of Economic Crisis Effects on Global Political Stability VOA 26 Feb 2009 -- US director of national intelligence: Global economic crisis could lead to political instability around the world.
- Colombian Security Agency No Longer in Charge of Wiretapping VOA 26 Feb 2009 -- Colombian President Uribe: Country's domestic intelligence agency will no longer be in charge of intercepting communications.
- Air Force, Army leaders lay out joint UAS future AFNS 25 Feb 2009 -- Air Force and Army chiefs of staff signed plan taking the 2 services one step closer full spectrum of conflict with multirole unmanned aircraft.
- Pentagon: Guantanamo Conditions Humane VOA 24 Feb 2009 -- Pentagon review of conditions at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba says the facility meets the standards for humane treatment of detainees required in the Geneva Conventions.
- Predator passes 500,000 flight hours AFNS 24 Feb 2009 -- The 432d Air Expeditionary Wing flew an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft, and the flight surpassed the 500,000 flight-hour mark for the aircraft.
- UAV Brings Mahan to Forefront of 21st Century Readiness Navy NewsStand 24 Feb 2009 -- The UAV capability aboard USS Mahan provides capability to pace threats during its counter-piracy mission.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Army Biometric Intelligence Resource Contract Northrop Grumman 23 Feb 2009 -- The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $36.9 million cost-plus-award-fee contract to enhance the capabilities of the Biometric Intelligence Resource (BIR) system, which uses biometric data, such as fingerprints, facial recognition or iris scans to identify and track individuals of interest in the Global War on Terrorism.
- Northrop Grumman Receives U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout Contract Award for Third Year of Low Rate Initial Production Northrop Grumman 23 Feb 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) program moves closer to Operational Evaluation (OpEval) with a recent U.S. Navy modification award to a previous firm fixed-price contract for the procurement of three VTUAV systems..
- Predator crashes northeast of Balad AFNS 23 Feb 2009 -- An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft stationed here crashed off base at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time Feb. 22.
- Chief of staff sees UAS role expanding AFNS 20 Feb 2009 -- The Air Force chief of staff called the buildup of the unmanned aircraft system program "profoundly important" Feb. 19 during a visit with instructor and student aviators here.
- Panetta Sworn In as CIA Chief VOA 19 Feb 2009 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has sworn in Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Tajik-Born Kyrgyz Officer Detained On Spying Charges RFE/RL 19 Feb 2009 -- A high-ranking officer in the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry who is an ethnic Tajik was arrested in Tajikistan for allegedly spying for Kyrgyzstan.
- Kazakh Officials Deny Involvement In Austrian Spy Scandal RFE/RL 19 Feb 2009 -- Kazakh officials denied involvement in espionage scandal in which Austrian policemen were arrested for spying for Kazakhstan.
- Iran develops spy drone capable of reaching Israel - official RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2009 -- Iranian scientists have developed an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of reaching Israel.
- Army, Air Force overhaul joint ISR training AFNS 17 Feb 2009 -- Group of Army and USAF professionals met to discuss what is needed to ensure America has the best ISR forces.
- Seven charged with espionage in Iran IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Iran's Judiciary has charged seven members of the outlawed Bahai sect with espionage.
- Two Austrian Policemen Detained For Spying For Kazakhstan RFE/RL 17 Feb 2009 -- Prosecutor's office in Vienna has confirmed that two Austrian policemen have been arrested for allegedly spying for Kazakhstan.
- Former British Spy Boss Accuses Government of Exploiting Terrorism Fear VOA 17 Feb 2009 -- Former head of domestic intelligence agency accuses government of exploiting fear and restricting liberties.
- Former Security Chief: UK exploiting terrorism to restrict liberties IRNA 17 Feb 2009 -- Former head of Britain’s MI5 accused the country's Labor government of exploiting the fear of terrorism to restrict civil liberties.
- New Predator takes flight in Iraq AFNS 17 Feb 2009 -- The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing received a new MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft and immediately put it into action.
- Financial Crisis May Compound Africa's Problems, Blair Says AFPS 17 Feb 2009 -- Director of national intelligence: While Africa has made gains in recent years, global financial crisis threatens all that progress.
- Regional Links Compound Problems in 'Arc of Instability' AFPS 17 Feb 2009 -- A more stable Iraq could counter negative trends in the region from the Middle East to southern Asia.
- U.S. Interests Face Challenges in Europe, Intelligence Chief Says AFPS 16 Feb 2009 -- Russia's perceived strengths and its policies, tensions in Eurasia, Caucasus and Central Asia, and instability in the Balkans all pose challenges to US interests in Europe.
- Intelligence Community Sees Asia Rising AFPS 15 Feb 2009 -- U.S. intelligence planners predict the 21st century will be the time for the rise of Asia, the director of national intelligence said Feb. 12
- Economic Crisis Overlays all Threats Facing U.S., Intel Chief Says AFPS 14 Feb 2009 -- The global economic crisis colors all other threats confronting the United States, the new director of national intelligence told the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Feb. 12
- Economic Crisis Is Top U.S. Security Concern RFE/RL 13 Feb 2009 -- Director of national intelligence Blair: Global economic crisis is now the top US security concern, not terrorism.
- Obama Intel Chief: North Korea Unlikely to Use Nuclear Weapons VOA 13 Feb 2009 -- President Obama's national intelligence director: N Korea probably would not use nukes unless on the verge of military defeat.
- US Intelligence Chief Calls Economic Crisis a Security Threat VOA 12 Feb 2009 -- Top US intelligence official: Financial crisis that is spanning the globe is also a security threat.
- 380th AEW mission expands with Navy Global Hawk program AFNS 12 Feb 2009 -- The joint mission of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing expanded with addition of Navy Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.
- PEO LMW Offers Overview of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2009 -- Officials from the Navy's Program Executive Office Littoral and Mine Warfare provided overview of unmanned vehicles.
- IAI's ELTA Systems Awarded Contract by Spanish Air Force to Supply Deployable Image Intelligence (IMINT) Exploitation Station Israel Aerospace Industries 11 Feb 2009 -- The Spanish Air Force (SAF) awarded Israel Aerospace Industries' ELTA Systems Ltd. (IAI/ELTA) a contract worth $6.3 million (€4.5 million) for a mobile deployable image intelligence (IMINT) exploitation station. The SAF purchased IAI/ELTA's Deployable (Mobile) Multi-Sensor Ground Exploitation Station to enhance its on-the-move IMINT capabilities.
- IAI’s ELTA Systems Group Awarded $120 Million in Contracts for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Based IMINT Systems in 2008 Israel Aerospace Industries 11 Feb 2009 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ ELTA Systems Group (IAI/ ELTA) was awarded $120 million in contracts for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) based Image Intelligence (IMINT) systems in 2008, from various customers worldwide.
- Northrop Grumman Fields Service Oriented Architecture-Based DCGS Capability for the Intelligence Community Northrop Grumman 11 Feb 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) set a new standard in intelligence networked processing systems recently when its Distributed Common Ground System-Intelligence Community (DCGS-IC) Beta Operational Capability (BOC) became a cutting edge operational Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for the U.S. government.
- Heithold assumes command of Air Force ISR Agency AFNS 11 Feb 2009 -- Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold assumed command of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.
- BAE SYSTEMS’ MANTIS MAKES INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AT AERO INDIA 2009 BAE Systems 09 Feb 2009 -- Visitors to Aero India 2009 will for the first time get a glimpse of BAE Systems vision of the future capability of autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) when its MANTIS system goes on show to demonstrate to a new audience the technological developments that will shape future UAS capability.
- Biden vows to end US practice of torture IRNA 07 Feb 2009 -- US Vice President Joe Biden pledged his country's commitment to end the practice of torture following massive international condemnation over the past several years.
- CIA Nominee Retracts Remarks on Prisoner Rendition VOA 06 Feb 2009 -- President Obama's choice to lead the CIA retracted comments that Bush administration sent detainees knowing they would be tortured.
- CIA Director Nominee Outlines Goals, If Confirmed VOA 06 Feb 2009 -- President Obama's choice to head the CIA appeared before the Senate, where he outlined his agenda for the agency if confirmed.
- CIA Nominee Vows No 'Extraordinary Rendition' VOA 05 Feb 2009 -- President Obama's nominee to run the CIA will not conduct "extraordinary rendition," as was allowed under former President Bush.
- Indian Official Links Pakistan's Spy Agency to Mumbai Attacks VOA 05 Feb 2009 -- India's foreign secretary says Pakistan's spy agency is linked to planners of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
- Intelligence Lab Tests Best Practices, Emerging Concepts AFPS 05 Feb 2009 -- Laboratory at USJFC's Joint Warfighting Center here will enable analysts and warfighters alike to "step into" data fields.
- Miliband defends keeping alleged US torture evidence secret IRNA 05 Feb 2009 -- Foreign Secretary Miliband defended the non-disclosure of US intelligence in the case of alleged CIA torture.
- Unmanned Vehicles Transforming Warfare Navy NewsStand 03 Feb 2009 -- Unmanned vehicles, especially a new generation of highly technical machines, are proving themselves in hostile environments, according to the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in his Rat-Pac Report podcast posted Feb. 4.
- MQ-1B Predator accident report released AFNS 03 Feb 2009 -- An ignition module failure caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator east of Ali Base, Iraq, May 2.
- Unmanned Vehicles Transforming Warfare Navy NewsStand 03 Feb 2009 -- Unmanned vehicles, especially a new generation of highly technical machines, are proving themselves in hostile environments.
- Afghan Intelligence Breaks Up Alleged Kabul Suicide Bomb Cell VOA 03 Feb 2009 -- Afghan intelligence officials say they have arrested 17 men accused of organizing a series of suicide bomb attacks.
- NGA and Lockheed Martin Deliver 4,000th Geospatial-Intelligence Workstation Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2009 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently reached a major milestone in the integration and delivery of geospatial data, installing the 4,000th user workstation under the Integrated Exploitation Capability (IEC) program and NGA’s Federated Partner contracts.
- Northrop Grumman Begins MP-RTIP Radar Performance Verification Flights Northrop Grumman 02 Feb 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received U.S. Air Force approval to begin a portion of Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) Radar System Level Performance Verification (RSLPV) flight testing
- Program office makes first FAB-T delivery this week AFNS 02 Feb 2009 -- This week, officials here provided the first of a new family of satellite communication terminals to the B-2 bomber program office.
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