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September 2010 Intelligence News

  • CIA chief in Pakistan for anti-terror talks IRNA 30 Sep 2010 -- CIA Chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad for talks with Pakistan's civil and military leadership on security issues.
  • VMU-4 casts Shadow over Yuma USMC News 30 Sep 2010 -- The Corps' newest unmanned aerial vehicle squadron debuted its capabilities with the maiden flight of one of its RQ-7B aircraft.
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Awards Raytheon $88.7 Million Information Assurance Services Contract Raytheon 29 Sep 2010 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a one-year, $30 million extension for the Information Assurance Services (IAS) contract. If all option years are exercised, the total value of this extension will be $88.7 million.
  • BAE Systems Receives U.S. Air Force Contract to Support Silver Fox Unmanned Aircraft Systems BAE Systems 29 Sep 2010 -- BAE Systems has received a U.S. Air Force contract of $3.9 million to provide engineering, training, and other services for the continued use of the company's Silver Fox unmanned aircraft systems. The Silver Fox aircraft supports military operations during intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
  • Spy Sutyagin wants to return to Russia, has plans for book RIA Novosti 28 Sep 2010 -- Igor Sutyagin, one of four Russians exchanged as part of a Russian-US spy swap in early July, said he hopes to return to Russia.
  • Army Shadow UAS nominated for prestigious DoD PBL award Army News 23 Sep 2010 -- The U.S. Army's Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) - the Shadow UAS - has been nominated for The Department of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Awards Program for Excellence in Performance-Based Logistics in Life Cycle Product Support, a prestigious award recognizing substantial achievement in the area of PBL.
  • White House: Cleric Lawsuit Would Reveal 'State Secrets' VOA 25 Sep 2010 -- The White House asked a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of a U.S.-born radical cleric, saying the case would reveal state secrets.
  • Russia Boosts Powerful Investigative Agency RFE/RL 24 Sep 2010 -- Russia has boosted the powers of a powerful investigative agency closely allied to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that's been at the center of a power struggle between rival Kremlin clans.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems community grows: First class of 15E UAS maintainers to graduate Army News 23 Sep 2010 -- The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion graduates its first class of 15E UAS maintainers Sept. 24, adding a new military occupational specialty to the Army. Fort Huachuca is now home to the MOS 15E. Soldiers in the new MOS maintain UASs, such as the Shadow, Grey Eagle (EMRP), and Hunter (MQ-5B).
  • Northrop Grumman and U.S. Army Complete Another Phase of Testing of the Common Signals Intelligence System --1500 Payload Northrop Grumman 23 Sep 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Army recently completed another phase of testing of the Common Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) System 1500 (CSS-1500), validating several key functions of the system including instantaneous geolocation, Irregular Warfare (IW) signal exploitation, and SIGINT battlespace situational awareness.
  • Raytheon Global Broadcast Service Delivers Full-Motion Video to Improve Intelligence Imagery for Warfighters Raytheon 23 Sep 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the final phase of expanded Global Broadcast Service full-motion video capabilities to improve intelligence video imagery available to warfighters.
  • Russia could make aerial drones without Israeli help claims company RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2010 -- Russia does not need Israeli assistance to make progress in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including military drones, the head of a Russian UAV production company said on Thursday.
  • Israel threatens to scrap UAV deal with Russia over Syria arms sale RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2010 -- Israel may tear up much of the unprecedented military cooperation deal it signed with Moscow at the start of this month due to anger over Moscow's rigid stance on supplying naval missiles to Israel's enemy Syria.
  • Guantanamo prisoner seeking legal action on CIA torture in Poland IRNA 22 Sep 2010 -- A prisoner at the notorious US detention camp on Guantanamo Bay is seeking legal action for his mistreatment at an alleged secret jail in Poland, news reports said here Wednesday.
  • Northrop Grumman-Built NASA Global Hawk Soars Through Hurricane Surveillance Missions Northrop Grumman 22 Sep 2010 -- NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), flew from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. towards the East Coast on Sept. 2 to support a science research flight over Hurricane Earl. The flight marked the first time the NASA Global Hawk flew over a fully formed hurricane.
  • Rights Group Seeks Polish Probe of CIA Detainee's Treatment VOA 21 Sep 2010 -- A human rights group is demanding that Polish prosecutors investigate the treatment of a Saudi man held at a one-time secret CIA prison in Poland.
  • Global Hawk arrives in Guam AFNS 20 Sep 2010 -- Airmen here celebrated the arrival of the RQ-4 Global Hawk to Guam during a ceremony Sept. 20.
  • RPA provides Soldiers bird's eye view of battlefield Army News 20 Sep 2010 -- Today's battlefield is constantly changing, and keeping track of all the moving parts and pieces can be challenging to any commander.
  • Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Deploys Worldwide Northrop Grumman 20 Sep 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force commemorated the milestone deployment of the first RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to Pacific Command (PACOM) with an arrival ceremony Sept. 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Designated AF-20, the aircraft landed successfully Sept. 1 after an 18-hour flight from its main operating base at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
  • BAE Systems Announces Agreement to Buy L-1's SpecTal, LLC, Advanced Concepts, Inc., and McClendon, LLC BAE Systems 20 Sep 2010 -- In response to growing demand for intelligence and security services, BAE Systems today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.'s Intelligence Services Group, which is comprised of SpecTal, LLC, Advanced Concepts, Inc., and McClendon, LLC, for a total purchase price of $295,833,000.
  • Russia completes domestic UAV tests RIA Novosti 20 Sep 2010 -- Russian domestically built unmanned aerial vehicles have completed a series of tests, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
  • Couple Charged in Nuclear Secrets Case VOA 17 Sep 2010 -- A scientist and his wife, who both worked at a U.S. nuclear research facility, have been arrested and charged with trying to sell nuclear weapons secrets to a person they thought was a Venezuelan official.
  • Former Workers at Los Alamos Charged with Transmitting Classified Nuclear Weapons Data to Injure the United States US Dept. of Justice 17 Sep 2010 -- The Justice Department today announced that a scientist and his wife, who both previously worked as contractors at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, have been indicted on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela, among other violations.
  • Boeing Wins DARPA Vulture II Program Boeing 16 Sep 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Sept. 14 signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and fly the SolarEagle unmanned aircraft for the Vulture II demonstration program. Under the terms of the $89 million contract, SolarEagle will make its first demonstration flight in 2014.
  • Sagem and Elbit Systems to Establish a Joint Venture for Tactical UAS Sagem (Safran group) 15 Sep 2010 -- Sagem Defense Securite, Safran group (Safran – NYSE Euronext : SAF) and Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: ESLT) announced the signature of a MoA (Memorandum of Agreement) regarding the intended establishment, by early 2011, of an equally owned joint venture for the tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market for France and designated international markets, in which existing initiatives will continue through the JV.
  • No comment on reported Taiwanese spies in Myanmar CNA 14 Sep 2010 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense declined to comment on report Myanmar's junta has allowed Taiwanese spies to operate in country.
  • Lockheed Martin's Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory Demonstrates Intelligence Integration Lockheed Martin 13 Sep 2010 -- A flying ISR laboratory developed by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently demonstrated advanced capabilities to disseminate real-time intelligence data, including streaming video, imagery and communications feeds to a ground station. Lockheed Martin’s Airborne Multi-INT Laboratory (AML) flew several flights using previously collected data to demonstrate intelligence collection, analysis, processing and dissemination.
  • Tehran prosecutor: American spies were not on an excursion in Iran IRNA 12 Sep 2010 -- Tehran Prosecutor of the Public and Revolution Court Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said on Sunday that the documents about three American spies indicated that they were not on an excursion in Iran.
  • Ukraine may deliver engines for Russian UAVs RIA Novosti 11 Sep 2010 -- Russia's Vega and Ukraine's Motor Sich are discussing the possible delivery of Ukrainian-made engines for Russia's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Vega CEO Vladimir Verba said on Saturday.
  • Iran Cancels Release of US Hiker VOA 11 Sep 2010 -- Iran has abruptly canceled plans to release one of the American hikers detained for more than a year in Tehran after judicial officials cited unresolved legal issues.
  • Iran postpones release of US spy IRNA 11 Sep 2010 -- Head of the Communications and Information Affairs Department at Iran’s Presidential Office Mohammad-Hassan Salehi says Iran has postponed freedom of one of the three US spies who were detained southwest of the country last year.
  • New ISR group supports cyber operations AFNS 10 Sep 2010 -- The 659th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group was activated Sept. 8 during a ceremony here.
  • Russia's Federal Security Service 'happy' with indigenous UAVs RIA Novosti 10 Sep 2010 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is satisfied with the domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it is using, a UAV maker said on Friday.
  • Russia's UAV market to see 'breakthrough' by 2013 - company head RIA Novosti 10 Sep 2010 -- Russia will be able to produce advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) able to compete with those produced abroad by 2013, the head of a major UAV production company said on Friday.
  • Russia to build UAVs with foreign partners RIA Novosti 09 Sep 2010 -- Russia will team up with foreign firms to manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on its soil, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Thursday.
  • Is There A Civil War Within WikiLeaks? RFE/RL 08 Sep 2010 -- What the heck is going on inside WikiLeaks? On the one side, the organization’s founder, architect, and editor, Julian Assange, is being investigated for, well, some kind of sexual misconduct in Sweden. On the other side, an important political ally of the organization, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, has told "The Daily Beast" that Assange should “step aside” as the organization’s public spokesperson until the criminal case is resolved
  • General Dynamics AIM II™ Cryptographic Module Now Certified by NSA for Use in JTRS Radios General Dynamics 08 Sep 2010 -- The AIM II programmable cryptographic module by General Dynamics C4 Systems was recently certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure classified information up to and including Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) and Airborne Maritime Fixed (AMF) radios. The AIM II module is an integral component of the JTRS Manpack radio (AN/PRC 155), as well as other HMS small form factor radios that will be furnished by the government for integration into dismounted soldier systems and fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Russian servicemen 'mastering' use of Israeli drones RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2010 -- Some 50 Russian military servicemen are undergoing training in the use of Israeli-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Monday.
  • 1st Global Hawk lands in Guam AFNS 03 Sep 2010 -- In a stride forward for the RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft program, the first aircraft landed at 9th Operations Group Det. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base.
  • 55 years of the U-2 Dragon Lady AFNS 02 Sep 2010 -- For the past 55 years U-2 Dragon Lady crews have soared high above the earth collecting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information.
  • BAE SYSTEMS WINS $49.9 MILLION CONTRACT TO DEVELOP ON-BOARD PROCESSOR AND INTEGRATE DARPA'S ARGUS-IR NIGHTTIME PERSISTANT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM BAE Systems 02 Sep 2010 -- After successful development of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) daytime persistent surveillance system, BAE Systems has been awarded an additional $49.9 million contract to develop the advanced processor for the agency's nighttime, infrared system - the Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance - Infrared (ARGUS-IR).
  • DSP satellite now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force AFNS 02 Sep 2010 -- A structural test vehicle from the Defense Support Program was donated to the National Museum of the US Air Force by Northrop Grumman.
  • Northrop Grumman "Lays the Keel" for U.S. Navy's First BAMS UAS Fuselage Northrop Grumman 01 Sep 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and U.S. Navy officials celebrated the start of the first MQ-4 Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) fuselage at the company's Moss Point, Miss. manufacturing facility today.
  • MQ-9 Reaper crashes near El Mirage Airfield, Calif. AFNS 01 Sep 2010 -- An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft crashed approximately one mile north of El Mirage Airfield, Calif., Aug. 31.
  • Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Intelligence Workstations for U.S. Air Force Distributed Common Ground System Lockheed Martin 01 Sep 2010 -- An upgrade to the system that provides analysts with access to intelligence will soon revolutionize how they handle intelligence imagery and high-definition, full-motion video, as well as reports. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $4.4 million initial task order to Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for upgrades to Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) workstations The DCGS is the Department of Defense enterprise that collects and processes vast amounts of intelligence and imagery from manned and unmanned reconnaissance sources.

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