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April 2010 Intelligence News

  • Fifty Years Later, Gary Powers and U-2 Spy Plane Incident Remembered RFE/RL 30 Apr 2010 -- On May 5, 1960, the world first heard the news that an American aircraft had been shot down over Russia.
  • UK seeks to keep secret intelligence files on 7/7 bombings IRNA 29 Apr 2010 -- The British government is seeking to keep secret intelligence files at the delayed inquest into the killing of more than 50 people in the 7/7 bombing attacks on London transport in 2005.
  • Northrop Grumman and USJFCOM Agree to Extend Research Agreement for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Architecture Concepts Northrop Grumman 28 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will extend its research agreement with U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) through 2012, continuing to work together to improve how military forces conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The research effort brings together warfighters and virtual simulation to conduct analysis and evaluate how to effectively execute command and control of ISR operations in support of asymmetric warfare. Concepts of operation and tactics, techniques, and procedures demonstrated through this research effort will directly translate into improving current day International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan.
  • New Russian Legislation Would Increase FSB's Authority RFE/RL 27 Apr 2010 -- which comes in the aftermath of the March 29 subway bombings in Moscow that killed dozens of rush-hour commuters -- is necessary due to what it describes as a sharp rise in extremist activity in recent years.
  • Indian Diplomat Arrested on Charges of Spying for Pakistan VOA 27 Apr 2010 -- Indian authorities have arrested a female diplomat posted at the Indian Embassy in Islamabad on charges of spying for Pakistan.
  • Air Force officials announce candidate list for basing of MQ-1/9 ground control stations AFNS 23 Apr 2010 -- Air Force officials released their basing criteria and candidate list April 23 for the basing of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper ground control stations.
  • In Pakistan, Mystery Deepens Over Missing Former Spies RFE/RL 21 Apr 2010 -- Two former agents of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) -- high-profile figures who often publicly defended the Taliban -- are reportedly being held by an extremist group in the western tribal regions of Pakistan.
  • Russia, Israel plan joint venture to produce drones RIA Novosti 21 Apr 2010 -- State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii plans to establish a joint venture with Israel Airspace Industry for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Russian corporation's head said on Wednesday.
  • SAIC Awarded $13 Million Task Order to Support the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) SAIC 20 Apr 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the Regional Contracting Office, National Capital Region to provide information technology services to the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA). This new, single award task order has a one-year base period of performance, two one-year options, and a total value of more than $13 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va.; Camp LeJeune, N.C., Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii. The task order was awarded under the U.S. Army Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 2 Services contract.
  • Intel field training vital to mission Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- In a war where it can be hard to tell between friend and foe, the information gathered from foreign nationals can make or break a mission.
  • UK sued for refusing to indentify prisoners rendered to Bagram IRNA 16 Apr 2010 -- A legal charity is suing Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for refusing officially to identify two men, who ended up in the "dark prison" at Bagram in Afghanistan after being handed to US by members of the UK’s elite SAS force.
  • WATCHKEEPER makes first UK flight Thales 15 Apr 2010 -- Thales UK today announces the maiden UK flight of the WATCHKEEPER unmanned air system (UAS). WATCHKEEPER flew for the first time in the UK on 14 April, taking off from dedicated facilities at Parc Aberporth in West Wales for a 20-minute flight. The Parc Aberporth facilities, managed by QinetiQ through the West Wales Unmanned Air vehicle (UAV) Centre, are the premier test facilities for UAVs in the UK.
  • NETC Commander Visits Intelligence Centers Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) visited the Center for Naval Intelligence (CENNAVINTEL) and the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) and spoke with students and staff April 7.
  • Fire Scout Returns from First Operational Deployment Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The MQ-8B Fire Scout, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV), returned from its first operational deployment April 15.
  • UAS Dynamics Successfully Demonstrates STORM’s Data Link During Flight Test General Dynamics 14 Apr 2010 -- UAS Dynamics, LLC, validated the performance of the Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) on its STORM unmanned aerial system (UAS) during flight testing conducted in late March at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. The flight tests also validated features of STORM’s system architecture that enable data from the on-board payloads to be accessed by remote users in real-time over a secure Ethernet connection to the ground control station.
  • H-450 tops 30,000 flight hours in theatre Thales 12 Apr 2010 -- The UK Hermes 450 (H-450) fleet of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have now flown more than 30,000 operational hours - over 2,000 sorties – and is providing the lions’ share of airborne ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) supporting UK forces in current operations.
  • Global Hawk flies first operational mission over Canada AFNS 12 Apr 2010 -- For the first time, an RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted vehicle flew its first operational mission over Canadian airspace. The aircraft was flown April 8 by pilots and sensor operators from the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron here.
  • Former Israeli Female Soldier Charged with Espionage VOA 09 Apr 2010 -- A case of military espionage in Israel is pitting the press against the state.
  • Eyes in sky give advance notice to ground troops USMC News 08 Apr 2010 -- If knowledge is power, than gathering information about enemy forces is crucial. Observing the movement or posture of the enemy greatly aids in battle planning.
  • Fire Scout Scores First-Ever Drug Bust with McInerney Navy NewsStand 07 Apr 2010 -- During a routine test flight, a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) supported its first drug interdiction with USS McInerney (FFG 8) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (USCG LEDET) Apr. 3.
  • Reports: CIA Authorized to Kill US-Born Cleric VOA 07 Apr 2010 -- U.S. officials say the Obama administration has authorized the CIA to capture or kill a U.S.-born radical Muslim cleric alleged to be an al-Qaida operative.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Base Contracts in All Categories of TASER; Responding to NGA's Most Pressing Geospatial Intelligence Systems Requirements Northrop Grumman 05 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been named one of four recipients to receive contracts in all areas of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) program, providing timely and innovation solutions to critical geospatial intelligence requirements.
  • New U.S. Airport Security Measures To Use 'Real-Time' Intelligence RFE/RL 03 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has unveiled new airport security measures for all U.S.-bound flights aimed at catching passengers who might pose a terrorist threat before they board a flight.
  • Yemen Court Upholds Death Sentence for Man Accused of Contacting Israel VOA 03 Apr 2010 -- On Saturday, a Yemeni appeals court upheld the death penalty against a man who once stood accused of being an Islamic Jihadist but now has been convicted of offering to work as an Israeli spy.
  • Interview: Former CIA Agent In Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says 'Regime Is After Nuclear Arms' RFE/RL 03 Apr 2010 -- Reza Kahlili (a pseudonym) claims to be a former member of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard who spied for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Iran for more than a decade following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
  • Thales awarded Watchkeeper support contract Thales 01 Apr 2010 -- The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK the initial three-year support contract for the Watchkeeper Unmanned Air System (UAS) programme, for which Thales UK is also prime systems integrator.
  • Global Hawk wet runway testing yields positive results AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Airmen, civilians and contractors of the 452nd Flight Test Squadron here conducted RQ-4 Global Hawk wet runway testing with positive results throughout March here.
  • New German spy drone wrecked in test run in Afghanistan IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- A new German spy drone failed a test run after colliding with a Transall military aircraft at an air field in northern Afghanistan on March 17, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said on Thursday.

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