August 2010 Intelligence News
- Lockheed Martin Advancing On Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System For GeoEye Lockheed Martin 31 Aug 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing GeoEye's next-generation, high-resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2, has successfully completed on-schedule a System Requirements Review (SRR), an important program milestone that precedes the Preliminary Design Review.
- Rights Groups File Challenge To Targeted Killing By U.S. Center for Constitutional Rights 30 Aug 2010 -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out "targeted killings" of US citizens located far from any armed conflict zone.
- Boeing Opens New Intelligence Collaboration Center to Counter Global Threats Boeing 30 Aug 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has opened an intelligence collaboration and data analysis center in Northern Virginia to enable the creation and testing of new concepts to counter increasingly sophisticated, global threats to U.S. security.
- CACI Awarded Prime Contract on $16.4 Billion, Multiple-Award U.S. Army Rapid Response Program CACI 30 Aug 2010 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded one of 17 prime contracts to support the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) Rapid Response - Third Generation (R2-3G) program. The five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling value of $16.4 billion. It is designed to provide all defense and federal civilian agencies with solutions for critical hardware, software, systems management, and rapid response requirements. While CACI provides significant support for the U.S. Army's Team C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) warfighter capabilities, this award represents new business for CACI, complementing the company's very successful support for the Army's Strategic Services Sourcing (S3) and Technical Engineering Support Services (TESS) programs.
- L-3 Nova Engineering Awarded $52.8 Million Contract with the DoD for Tactical Remote Sensor Systems L-3 Communications 30 Aug 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Nova Engineering subsidiary has been awarded a $52.8 million follow-on contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support the United States Marine Corps' Tactical Remote Sensor Systems (TRSS) program. Under this five-year award, Nova will provide equipment, upgrades and repairs, and program management services in support of the TRSS initiative.
- Afghanistan decries reports on CIA payments to top officials RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2010 -- Afghanistan's presidential office casted back issues by the New York Times and the Washington Post, saying the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, pays officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration.
- Karzai Aide Reportedly in Corruption Probe Linked to CIA VOA 26 Aug 2010 -- An Afghan presidential aide who is under investigation for corruption is on the payroll of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, according to a report published in the New York Times newspaper.
- Why Is WikiLeaks So Focused On The United States? RFE/RL 26 Aug 2010 -- WikiLeaks has just released its latest leak, this one a CIA memorandum hypothesizing on the potential damage to the U.S. public image if Washington was ever deemed an exporter of terrorism. But is WikiLeaks being mindful enough of its own public image? With yet another U.S.-centered leak, is the organization delivering on its goal of being a global whistle-blower?
- SAIC Wins Contract to Support Army Intelligence Operations SAIC 26 Aug 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it was awarded a new contract by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide a full range of multi-discipline intelligence services in support of Army intelligence operations. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a ceiling value of $492 million for all awardees. Work will be performed at Fort Belvoir, Va., and at other locations as required.
- First Successful Corona Remote Sensing Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Marks 50 Year Anniversary Lockheed Martin 25 Aug 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today congratulated the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on the 50-year anniversary of the first Corona photo reconnaissance satellite image from space, which ushered in new space-based capabilities for the nation.
- Body found in London flat of British spy IRNA 25 Aug 2010 -- British police have launched a murder investigation into the death of an unidentified man found in a large sports bag at the London flat of a missing MI6 intelligence agent.
- Former Nuclear Negotiator Was A Spy, Says Iranian Ministry RFE/RL 25 Aug 2010 -- Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian, who is currently a visiting fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is in the news again after being accused of espionage -- again.
- United Kingdom Awards Lockheed Martin $5 Million Order for Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lockheed Martin 24 Aug 2010 -- The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $5.1 million contract for additional Desert Hawk III unmanned aircraft vehicles.
- Spokesman Denies Pentagon Role in WikiLeaks Founder Charge AFPS 23 Aug 2010 -- A Defense Department spokesman today termed as “ridiculous” the notion that Pentagon officials were involved in recent rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
- Army engineers to discuss emerging C4ISR technologies Army News 23 Aug 2010 -- U.S. Army scientists and engineers will conduct a series of roundtables to discuss emerging technologies and capabilities for the Warfighter, during the Team C4ISR Joint Symposium and Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, Aug. 25-26.
- U.S., Polish Soldiers hone POLSOFCOM intelligence capability Army News 23 Aug 2010 -- Experts from U.S. Special Operations Command Europe conducted a two-week symposium Aug. 3 - 12 at Panzer Barracks as part of an effort to increase the intelligence gathering capability of the Poland Special Operations Forces Command.
- Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Embattled WikiLeaks Founder VOA 21 Aug 2010 -- Swedish authorities on Saturday issued and then hastily withdrew an arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, on suspicion of rape.
- Officials release MQ-1B accident report AFNS 20 Aug 2010 -- Pilot error caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator at Southern California Logistics Airport during an April 20 training mission, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Aug. 20.
- Iranian Tried For Espionage Collapses In Armenian Court RFE/RL 20 Aug 2010 -- An Iranian citizen being tried in Armenia on charges of spying for Azerbaijan collapsed in court in Yerevan on August 19 while delivering his defense speech, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron Airmen participate in ISR demo AFNS 19 Aug 2010 -- Airmen have almost a month remaining to voluntarily retrain in Phase I of the 2011 NCO Retraining Program before the program's involuntary Phase II begins Sept. 20.
- Medvedev instructs more work on controversial FSB powers amendment RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday to make sure that the recently adopted amendments expanding FSB powers contain clear definitions.
- SAIC Awarded Contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency SAIC 19 Aug 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded the Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to research and implement innovative solutions to emerging critical geospatial intelligence requirements. The multiple award, indefinite-deliver/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year base period and a total value of $1 billion for all awardees.
- WikiLeaks Has Yet to Contact 'Competent Authorities' AFPS 18 Aug 2010 -- The operators of a website that published tens of thousands of classified documents have contacted no “competent authorities” in the Defense Department, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.
- Pentagon Releases Letter Sent to Purported WikiLeaks Attorney AFPS 18 Aug 2010 -- Defense Department officials today released a letter the Pentagon’s top lawyer sent to a man purported to be an attorney for the WikiLeaks website, which published tens of thousands of classified documents last month and is threatening to release 15,000 more.
- SOCEUR enables POLSOFCOM intelligence effort Army News 18 Aug 2010 -- Human intelligence is critical and key to Special Operations Forces missions. Knowing how to collect, analyze and debrief information is particularly important for intelligence soldiers when providing integral data to commanders and operators on the ground.
- Pentagon Rebuffs WikiLeaks on Review of War Documents VOA 18 Aug 2010 -- The website WikiLeaks says the U.S. military has expressed willingness to help review the second batch of secret Afghan war documents it plans to publish, but the Pentagon insists there has been no such contact.
- Russia threatens retaliation to Romanian expulsion RIA Novosti 18 Aug 2010 -- In a move that could heighten tensions in the latest tit-for-tat spy flap, Russia said on Wednesday it could retaliate to the expulsion of its diplomat from Bucharest.
- Romania names Russian diplomat in latest 'spy' scandal - media RIA Novosti 18 Aug 2010 -- Bucharest has declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata in yet another spy scandal after Moscow detained a Romanian official on similar grounds, a Romanian news agency reported on Wednesday.
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents instrumental in B-2 Spirit spy conviction AFNS 17 Aug 2010 -- A federal jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii found Noshir S. Gowadia, age 66, of Maui, guilty of five criminal offenses Aug. 9 relating to his design for the People's Chinese government of a low signature cruise missile exhaust system capable of rendering a Chinese cruise missile resistant to detection by infrared missiles.
- Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Emerging C2 and ISR Capabilities During Empire Challenge 2010 Northrop Grumman 17 Aug 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully demonstrated emerging command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the warfighting community during U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) exercise Empire Challenge 2010 (EC10) .
- Defense Intelligence Agency opens new facility at Rivanna Station Army News 16 Aug 2010 -- A major milestone in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation impacting Fort Belvoir was marked Tuesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Rivanna Station. The ceremony, hosted by the Defense Intelligence Agency, officially opened the Joint-Use Intelligence Facility.
- Berlin denies role in freeing suspected Mossad agent IRNA 16 Aug 2010 -- The German government Monday claimed it had no role in the controversial release of a suspected Mossad operative wanted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his alleged involvement in the killing of a senior Hamas official in Dubai.
- Romanian caught spying in Russia ordered to leave country RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2010 -- A senior Romanian diplomat who was detained in Moscow while trying to obtain military secrets from a Russian national has been declared persona non grata and ordered to leave the country within 48 hours, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday.
- Interview: Igor Sutyagin Discusses 'Spy Swap,' Life In England RFE/RL 14 Aug 2010 -- Former Russian nuclear researcher Igor Sutyagin was among the four prisoners accused of spying for the West who were exchanged on July 9 for 10 suspected Russian spies in U.S. custody. The exchange, which took place at Vienna's airport, was the biggest "spy swap" between the two countries since the Cold War.
- WikiLeaks to Publish More Secrets With Some Data Removed VOA 14 Aug 2010 -- The founder of WikiLeaks says his group will not be threatened by U.S. officials, but the website will remove the names of "innocent parties" before publishing more secret military documents from Afghanistan.
- Poland extradites suspected Mossad agent to Germany IRNA 13 Aug 2010 -- Poland has extradited alleged Mossad operative, Uri Brodsky, to Germany, where he is wanted for his logistic role in the Dubai slaying of a Hamas official in January, news reports said here on Thursday.
- French Interior Ministry chooses Sagem’s Patroller™ drone system for operational civil security trials Sagem (Safran group) 12 Aug 2010 -- The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), part of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, will continue to utilize Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of Australia's Project NANKEEN, in cooperation with the Canadian Defense Forces. Experts believe the contract could reach tens of millions of dollars.
- MOJ censured for mishandling intelligence agent's case CNA 11 Aug 2010 -- The Control Yuan censured the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Wednesday over a delay in processing a request to help a former Taiwanese intelligence agent receive medical leave from a Chinese prison.
- Interview: WikiLeaks, The Future Of Journalism, And 'The Internet As A New Government' RFE/RL 11 Aug 2010 -- Jeff Jarvis was the creator and founding editor of the pop-culture magazine "Entertainment Weekly" and is now a professor at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs its New Media program. In an interview with RFE/RL's Christopher Schwartz, Jarvis talks about the controversy over WikiLeaks, a website that recently published a trove of some 90,000 sensitive U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan.
- Contract Extended for Israel Aerospace Industries' UAVs Serving Australian Air Force in Afghanistan Israel Aerospace Industries 11 Aug 2010 -- The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), part of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, will continue to utilize Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of Australia's Project NANKEEN, in cooperation with the Canadian Defense Forces. Experts believe the contract could reach tens of millions of dollars..
- Lebanese Politician Charged With Spying for Israel VOA 10 Aug 2010 -- A Lebanese military court has charged a Christian politician and former army general with spying for Israel.
- China orbits new remote-sensing satellite RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2010 -- China put into orbit on Tuesday another remote sensing satellite.
- U.S. intelligence agency gets first female boss RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2010 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency got its first ever female boss today when Letitia Long was confirmed as director.
- 'Empire Challenge' Promotes Intelligence Sharing AFPS 09 Aug 2010 -- Demo project under way at 20 sites in the US and overseas is helping to break down barriers to promote interoperability and better data sharing.
- Woman Takes Charge of Major US Intelligence Agency VOA 09 Aug 2010 -- The first woman to head a major US intelligence agency assumed her post as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA.
- Speech: NGA Change of Command Ceremony DoD 09 Aug 2010
- Gates Praises Incoming, Outgoing Intel Leaders AFPS 09 Aug 2010 -- Defense Secretary Gates presided over ceremony at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
- Iran rejects Kuwait's spying allegations IRNA 09 Aug 2010 -- Minister of Information (Intelligence) Moslehi: Kuwait's allegations about detaining a number of people on charges of spying for Iran were "a mere lie."
- Phantoms' mechs support EMV USMC News 09 Aug 2010 -- A Marine Air Ground Task Force has many moving parts, one of which is an unmanned aerial vehicle team.
- L-3 Acquires Airborne Technologies, Incorporated, Expands Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capability L-3 Communications 09 Aug 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it acquired Airborne Technologies, Incorporated (ATI) on August 4, 2010. ATI provides highly specialized aeronautical engineering expertise, manufacturing and operations support for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
- Raytheon High-Speed Guard now on U.S. GSA Schedule Raytheon 09 Aug 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) High-Speed Guard information-sharing solution has been added to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule of products and services available to the government.
- Saudis, BlackBerry Strike Deal VOA 08 Aug 2010 -- Saudi Arabia and the company that makes BlackBerry mobile devices are testing a plan that would allow the government to monitor messages.
- Russian Espionage Targeting New NATO Members RFE/RL 07 Aug 2010 -- Last week, a Czech newspaper reported a Russian spy made contact with their offices in the biggest-yet breach of Czech military security.
- Saudis, BlackBerry-Maker Strike Deal VOA 07 Aug 2010 -- Officials in Saudi Arabia say the country has reached an agreement with BlackBerry, avoiding a permanent ban on the smartphone's messaging service.
- BlackBerry In A Jam VOA 06 Aug 2010 -- The business-friendly United Arab Emirates kicked it off - to the surprise of many.
- Air Force, Navy take steps toward joint RPA training AFNS 06 Aug 2010 -- Beale Air Force Base leaders hosted a Global Hawk and Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Joint Cockpit Working Group.
- Israel Charges 3 Arabs with Spying for Syria VOA 05 Aug 2010 -- Israel has charged three Arabs with spying for Syria and planning to kidnap a Syrian pilot who defected to Israel.
- Boeing Successfully Completes Acquisition of Argon ST Boeing 05 Aug 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today completed its acquisition of Argon ST Inc. [NASDAQ: STST]. Argon ST, based in Fairfax, Va., develops C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) and combat systems. Boeing on June 30 announced its intent to acquire Argon ST as part of the company's strategy to expand its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets.
- Poland Orders Suspected Israeli Spy Extradited to Germany VOA 05 Aug 2010 -- A Polish court upheld an order to extradite to Germany an alleged Israeli intelligence agent suspected in the assassination of a militant leader.
- Polish court upholds extradition of suspected Mossad agent IRNA 05 Aug 2010 -- A Warsaw appeals court upheld extradition of alleged Mossad operative Uri Brodsky to Germany.
- U.S. to study intelligence reports on Ahmadinejad's assassination attempt RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2010 -- The US will study data to gain an understanding into reports about an assassination attempt on the Iranian president.
- Marines kick off intelligence mentoring package with Mozambican forces USMC News 04 Aug 2010 -- An intelligence team with U.S. Marine Forces Africa began sharing intelligence application tactics with about a dozen officers and senior enlisted members of the Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM) here July 29, 2010. The shared tactics are part of a five-day course designed to serve as a primer for a command post exercise taking place next week as part of SHARED ACCORD 2010, a 10-day event coordinated by U.S. Marine Forces Africa, and designed to increase partner nation capacity for peace and stability operations.
- BlackBerry Row Spreads As Governments Seek Access To Communications System RFE/RL 04 Aug 2010 -- The high level of security provided to e-mails and other data on the BlackBerry "smartphone" has become an international issue since the United Arab Emirates announced it is banning some BlackBerry services on security grounds.
- Source Exposure in WikiLeaks Documents Raises Security Questions VOA 03 Aug 2010 -- The disclosure of thousands of documents by WikiLeaks about the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan set off a storm of controversy. U.S. officials decried the leak for exposing their sources of information. But there is some question about why sources' real identities were in the documents, which appear to have been widely distributed on a classified Pentagon computer network.
- Expanding FSB powers: Treating the symptoms not the disease? RIA Novosti 03 Aug 2010 -- President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on introducing amendments to the law on the Federal Security Service (FSB) about administrative violations that expands the powers of the FSB under the current law. The bill had been adopted by the State Duma and approved by the Federation Council.
- U.S. woman used as patsy in smuggling military hardware to Russia RIA Novosti 03 Aug 2010 -- A U.S. woman is suspected of smuggling military hardware to Russia, although she firmly believes she was sending humanitarian aid to Russian orphans, ABC News.com reported.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers 100th Common Imagery Processor to the United States Air Force Northrop Grumman 02 Aug 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently delivered the 100th Common Imagery Processor (CIP) to the U.S. Air Force. The CIP is the primary sensor processing element of the Distributed Common Ground/Surface System.
- WikiLeaks Guilty on Moral Grounds, Gates Says AFPS 01 Aug 2010 -- The WikiLeaks whistleblower website is morally guilty of putting people’s lives at risk by making public tens of thousands of classified U.S. military documents, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
- US Military Officials Condemn Leaks of Afghan War Documents VOA 01 Aug 2010 -- America's top military officials are condemning last week's public dissemination of thousands of secret U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan, but insist the nine-year effort to root out insurgents and terrorists is not a lost cause.
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