March 2010 Intelligence News
- US wanted tougher UK interrogation in Iraq, inquiry told IRNA 31 Mar 2010 -- The US wanted British forces to adopt tougher interrogation techniques in Iraq even though they were already using methods officially banned by the government, the UK's most senior military intelligence officer in Iraq has suggested.
- DIA Deputy Discusses Role of Women in Intelligence AFPS 31 Mar 2010 -- The deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency celebrated Women’s History Month by discussing the contributions women are making to the intelligence field.
- Air Force officials release Predator accident report AFNS 29 Mar 2010 -- Pilot error caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator Oct. 3, 2009, at a forward operating area in Afghanistan, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released March 29 here.
- China Convicts, Sentences 4 Rio Tinto Executives VOA 29 Mar 2010 -- A Chinese court has handed down stiff prison terms to four executives of Australian mining corporation Rio Tinto, after convicting them of bribery and commercial spying.
- The Obama Administration and International Law US Dept. of State 25 Mar 2010
- Israel able to replace expelled UK diplomat IRNA 25 Mar 2010 -- Israel will be allowed to replace the senior Mossad station chief being expelled from Britain if it offers assurances that forged UK passports will never be used again for clandestine operations, it was reported Thursday.
- Official Hails Effect of Unmanned Aircraft on Warfare AFPS 25 Mar 2010 -- Perhaps no other weapon platform has more significantly transformed the way the U.S. military wages war in recent years than unmanned aerial aircraft, a senior defense official told Congress yesterday.
- Georgian, two Russians sentenced 11-15 years for spying for Georgia RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2010 -- A Russian military court in the North Caucasus sentenced on Thursday a Georgian national and two Russians between 11-15 years in jail on charges of treason and espionage.
- Ireland under pressure to follow UK and expel Israeli diplomat IRNA 24 Mar 2010 -- Ireland’s government is under growing pressure to act against Israel over the use of forged Irish passports in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai following the decision by Britain to expel a Mossad agent.
- Britons warned not to hand over passports to Israeli officials IRNA 24 Mar 2010 -- Britons travelling to Israel are being warned by the Foreign Office not to hand their passports over to Israeli officials unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Spartan UAVs get ready to fly high Army News 23 Mar 2010 -- After going through multiple checks to ensure that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was ready for takeoff, Soldiers directed the grey, fixed wing machine toward the open field.
- Britain Expels Israeli Diplomat over Hamas Killing VOA 23 Mar 2010 -- Britain says it is expelling an Israeli diplomat because of allegations that Israeli agents used fake British passports in the killing of a Palestinian militant in Dubai earlier this year.
- Human rights alliance demands inquiry into UK torture role IRNA 22 Mar 2010 -- Human rights organisations and civil liberty campaigners have joined forces with MPs to demand an independent inquiry into the UK's role in torture and rendition during the so-called war on terror.
- Rio Tinto Executives Plead Guilty to Bribery in China VOA 22 Mar 2010 -- Four mining executives on trial in Shanghai have pleaded guilty to taking bribes in a case that has raised international concern about doing business in China.
- Predator passes 700,000 hours AFNS 19 Mar 2010 -- Airmen of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing reached a new flight milestone March 12 when they surpassed 700,000 flight hours in the MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft.
- Deployed U-2 pilot achieves 100 combat missions AFNS 19 Mar 2010 -- Maj. William Gottenberg helped the Dragon Lady breathe a lot of fire lately. The over 16 year Air Force veteran and pilot recently achieved 100 combat missions in the U-2 Dragon Lady in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
- Amnesty International Says EU States Exporting Torture Instruments RFE/RL 18 Mar 2010 -- The London-based human rights body Amnesty International has claimed that some European Union states are selling torture equipment to foreign countries that are known to mistreat prisoners.
- New System to Deliver More Intelligence to Warfighters AFPS 18 Mar 2010 -- Troops at the forward edge of the battlefield soon will be able to tap into massive stores of intelligence, including full-motion video gathered from unmanned aerial vehicles, to plan and conduct their missions.
- CIA Director: US Attacks Have Weakened al-Qaida VOA 18 Mar 2010 -- CIA Director Leon Panetta says aggressive attacks against al-Qaida in Pakistan have forced Osama bin Laden and his top associates deeper into hiding, and weakened the terrorist group's ability to plan sophisticated operations.
- CACI Awarded $219 Million Prime Contract by U.S. Navy to Provide Wide Array of C4ISR and Information Technology Services CACI 18 Mar 2010 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $219 million prime contract to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) and business IT software and maintenance services to the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic.
- China Warns Australia Not to Politicize Rio Tinto Spying Case VOA 18 Mar 2010 -- China has warned Australia not to politicize the case of the four employees of Australian mining giant Rio Tinto. They are accused of commercial espionage and will stand trial next week.
- ISR Wing members contribute to the fight AFNS 17 Mar 2010 -- Members of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing are assisting coalition forces with the expanding need for ISR data in Southwest Asia by processing, exploiting and disseminating information coming from remotely piloted aircraft.
- Security bureau pushes for talks on release of Taiwan agents in China CNA 17 Mar 2010 -- The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) will conduct negotiations with its mainland counterpart on the release of Taiwanese intelligence agents imprisoned in China, if it receives authorization from the government to do so, an SEF official said Wednesday.
- Lockheed Martin Opens Second Security Intelligence Center In Denver To Defend Against Cyber Attacks Lockheed Martin 16 Mar 2010 -- Strengthening its ability to identify and respond to cyber attacks on its networks, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has officially opened the Corporation’s second Security Intelligence Center (SIC) in Denver. The first center was opened in Gaithersburg, Md. in May 2008.
- Boeing A160T Proves Resupply Capability for US Marines Boeing 15 Mar 2010 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] A160T Hummingbird has successfully completed a cargo delivery demonstration under a U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory contract, proving the unmanned rotorcraft's ability to resupply frontline troops in rough terrain. The Hummingbird met or exceeded all of the demonstration requirements during the tests, conducted March 9 - March 11 at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers Innovative Full-Motion Video Intelligence System to USJFCOM Lockheed Martin 15 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. Joint Forces Command is testing a brand new video intelligence system delivered by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] that will help commanders take better control of the flood of video being generated on the modern battlefield. The Valiant Angel system uses broadcast television technology to help commanders collect, archive, search, analyze and share full-motion video.
- NYT: US Had 'Private Spy Network' in Pakistan, Afghanistan VOA 15 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. Defense Department says it is reviewing media reports that a Pentagon official hired private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan to track and kill suspected insurgents.
- UN human rights group looking into 200 cases of enforced disappearances UN News Centre 15 Mar 2010 -- A United Nations human rights group today will begin reviewing more than 200 cases of disappearances around the world, as the body commemorates its 30th anniversary.
- MQ-1 Predator crashes in Southern Afghanistan AFNS 15 Mar 2010 -- An Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed in Southern Afghanistan at approximately 11:45 p.m. Kabul time March 14.
- GeoEye Selects Lockheed Martin To Build Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a core business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT], announced today that it has been selected by GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY) to build the company's next-generation, high-resolution Earth imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2. Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time.
- SAIC Awarded Contract by the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) SAIC 10 Mar 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) to develop Department of Defense command and control (C2) software, as well as modification and enhancement of existing C2 systems. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, has a three-year base period of performance, two one-year options and a ceiling value of more than $625 million for SAIC. Work will be performed primarily at PEO C4I's headquarters in San Diego, Calif.
- UK protested over US torture, says former spy chief IRNA 10 Mar 2010 -- The British government complained to the US administration over its use of torture on terrorist suspects, a former head of MI5 Security Service has revealed.
- Former British Intelligence Chief Says US Hid Torture Details VOA 10 Mar 2010 -- The former head of Britain's domestic intelligence service, MI5, has accused the United States of concealing its mistreatment of terror suspects.
- Army approaches million unmanned flying hours Army News 05 Mar 2010 -- The Army's fast approaching one million hours of unmanned aviation flight with its unmanned aerial systems.
- Global Hawk Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft Makes History With First Roundtrip Flight From Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Facility Northrop Grumman 01 Mar 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) made aviation history Feb. 2 when it successfully completed its first roundtrip flight from the company's Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility. AF-20, a Block 30 Global Hawk built for the U.S. Air Force, performed the historic mission, soaring at altitudes of 58,300 feet for approximately four hours and 18 minutes.
- Dubai Police Ban Suspected Israelis from UAE VOA 01 Mar 2010 -- Dubai's police chief says any traveler suspected of being Israeli will not be allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates, even if they carry an alternative passport.
- UK police in Israel to interview stolen passport holders IRNA 01 Mar 2010 -- Police from Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency arrived in Israel Monday to interview dual British-Israeli nationals whose passport identities were used by the assassins of a Hamas official in Dubai.
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