June 2011 Intelligence News
- Statement of the Attorney General Regarding Investigation into the Interrogation of Certain Detainees US Dept. of Justice 30 Jun 2011 -- "On August 24, 2009, based on information the Department received pertaining to alleged CIA mistreatment of detainees, I announced that I had expanded Mr. Durham's mandate to conduct a preliminary review into whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation of specific detainees at overseas locations. (...) I have accepted his recommendation to conduct a full criminal investigation regarding the death in custody of two individuals."
- U.S. Army Awards Lockheed Martin $184.3 Million to Begin Work on Additional Persistent Threat Detection Systems Lockheed Martin 28 Jun 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently received a $184.3 million undefinitized contract agreement from the U.S. Army to begin production of 29 additional Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS) to support coalition forces in Afghanistan.
- Military intelligence Marines speak on recent accomplishments USMC News 28 Jun 2011 -- The military intelligence community of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) said they are finding new ways to stay ahead of insurgents in Afghanistan.
- Boeing Receives UCLASS Study Contract from US Navy Boeing 27 Jun 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $480,000 study contract from the U.S. Navy to support pre-Milestone A activities including development of a concept of operations, an analysis of alternatives, and an investigation of potential material solutions for the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.
- Moscow military court sentences Russian mole to 25 years for treason RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2011 -- A Moscow military district court on Monday found former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Poteyev, who helped U.S. authorities disclose a Russian spy ring last summer, guilty of high treason and sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison.
- No comment on spy report on China's ex-finance minister CNA 26 Jun 2011 -- Two government agencies declined to comment Sunday on an American Broadcasting Company (ABC) report that former Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing's sudden resignation in 2007 might have been linked to a woman spy from Taiwan.
- States must take effective measures to prevent torture – UN chief UN News Centre 26 Jun 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted States to take effective legislative, administrative and judicial measures to prevent torture, calling the practice a brutal attempt to destroy a victim's sense of dignity and sense of human worth that can never be justified.
- Egypt extends custody of Israeli spy suspect for 15 days RIA Novosti 25 Jun 2011 -- Egyptian court extended for 15 days the custody of Ilan Grapel, a US-Israeli citizen suspected of espionage on behalf of Israel, Egyptian news agency MENA said on Saturday.
- UASTB holds redesignation, change of command ceremony Army News 24 Jun 2011 -- A redesignation and change of command ceremony was held for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion.
- Petraeus: Obama Afghanistan Troop Reduction 'Aggressive' VOA 23 Jun 2011 -- The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan: Timetable for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan is more "aggressive" than he and other military officers had counseled.
- Pakistan issues 67 visas for CIA agents IRNA 23 Jun 2011 -- The Pakistan Embassy in Washington has issued 67 visas to CIA officials for deployment in Pakistan.
- Egypt Jails 3 Accused of Spying for Israel VOA 23 Jun 2011 -- A court in Egypt has sentenced an Egyptian businessman and two Israelis to 25 years in prison for spying for Israel.
- General Dynamics Awarded Air Force Airborne Imagery Task Order General Dynamics 22 Jun 2011 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $4.7 million task order to provide airborne advanced geospatial intelligence (AGI) battlespace awareness support to the U.S. Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC).
- British Police Make Arrest Linked To Cyber Attacks RFE/RL 22 Jun 2011 -- British police say they have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of involvement with cyber attacks on websites belonging to the CIA and the Sony Corporation, among others.
- U.S. Expert Says Robots Are Changing The Face Of War RFE/RL 21 Jun 2011 -- News headlines these days are filled with stories about unmanned aerial vehicles and their role in America’s "war on terror."
- NATO Loses Unmanned Helicopter Over Libya RFE/RL 21 Jun 2011 -- NATO has said it lost contact with one of its unmanned helicopters over but denied a Libyan report that one of its attack helicopters had gone down.
- Armenia Claims Its Military Produces Drones RFE/RL 21 Jun 2011 -- Armenian officials say they are manufacturing and supplying the country's military with unmanned aircraft, or drones.
- Raytheon Awarded $24.7 Million Global Hawk Ground Station Sustainment Contract Raytheon 21 Jun 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a one-year subcontract worth $24.7 million for support services of the ground station elements of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system.
- Unmanned Aircraft Demonstrates Refined Flight Control Capabilities in National Airspace GE Aviation 20 Jun 2011 -- AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and GE Aviation announced today that the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) has completed a flight demonstration using the GE Flight Management System (FMS), a four-dimensional trajectory FMS certified for use in manned commercial aircraft.
- Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron UAS Has Reached Full Operational Capability Under the German Armed Forces in Afghanistan Israel Aerospace Industries 20 Jun 2011 -- The German Air Force recently announced that the 'Heron', Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)' advanced unmanned aerial system (UAS), has achieved full operational capability (FOC) under its activities in Afghanistan.
- US special envoy due in Islamabad IRNA 20 Jun 2011 -- A senior US diplomat arrived in Islamabad as part of efforts to defuse tension with Pakistan and revive the strategic dialogue.
- IAI Delivered an Additional Compact ISR Aircraft to a Latin-American customer Israel Aerospace Industries 19 Jun 2011 -- ELTA Systems Ltd., Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)' group and subsidiary recently delivered an additional compact Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to a Latin-American customer. Several ISR aircraft, designated ELI-3120, are in service with worldwide customers. Those contracts amount to approximately $100 million USD.
- Raytheon Begins Production of Airborne Hyperspectral Sensor for U.S. Air Force Raytheon 19 Jun 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce the first airborne tactical hyperspectral sensor system.
- Pakistan Ambassador Defends Questioning of Informants VOA 19 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani is defending his country's decision to round up more than 30 people as part of an investigation into the Osama bin Laden compound.
- L-3 Achieves U.K. Integrated Broadcast Service Program Milestone for On-Budget Performance, Ahead of Schedule L-3 Communications 16 Jun 2011 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has achieved a significant performance milestone in support of a high-priority United Kingdom intelligence project.
- US Steps Up Anti-Terrorism Efforts in Yemen VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The Central Intelligence Agency is said to be stepping up its counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen. Several print and broadcast news outlets say the CIA will be increasing the use of armed drone aircraft against terrorist targets in Yemen. Officials are concerned al-Qaida is seeking to exploit the uncertainty created by the country's political turmoil.
- US Cites 'Challenges' in Pakistan Ties After Arrests Report VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The United States Wednesday acknowledged 'challenges' in relations with Pakistan after a report that the government there has arrested informants who helped U.S. intelligence find Osama bin Laden. But the Obama administration says security cooperation with Pakistan remains in both countries' best interests.
- Pakistan rejects NYT report on army major arrest in Osama raid IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan's military Wednesday rejected a New York Times report that the country spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan Arrests Informants Who Helped CIA Ahead Of Bin Laden Raid RFE/RL 15 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan's top military spy agency has reportedly arrested five Pakistani informants who helped the CIA ahead of last month's raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan Denies Arresting Army Major for US Ties VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- A report in Wednesday's New York Times quotes unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying Pakistan has arrested five people, including a Pakistani military official, accused of passing information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency prior to last month's U.S. raid in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The Times report exposes the growing friction between the U.S. and Pakistan in the wake of that operation.
- Northrop Grumman's Firebird Successfully Uses Three Eyes and Fourth Sensor Payload Northrop Grumman 14 Jun 2011 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Firebird intelligence-gathering air system successfully used three different high-definition video sensors and an electronics support payload all at the same time – a future capability sought by the U.S. military that's available today.
- Israeli Foreign Minister: Grapel is Not a Spy VOA 14 Jun 2011 -- Israel's foreign minister says a U.S.-Israeli citizen arrested in Egypt Sunday is not a spy.
- CIA chief Panetta leaves without Pakistan deal IRNA 12 Jun 2011 -- Chief of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon Panetta left Islamabad after meeting with Pakistan's army chief and intelligence head but without a deal on resetting the relationship between the spy agencies, it was reported Sunday.
- Egypt detains alleged Israeli spy RIA Novosti 12 Jun 2011 -- Egyptian authorities have detained an alleged Israeli agent over reported engagement in espionage during the popular revolution in the country, official news agency Mena said on Sunday.
- CIA chief in Pakistan to remove mistrust IRNA 11 Jun 2011 -- The American CIA chief, Leon Panetta, has met Pakistan's army chief and intelligence head in a move to remove the mistrust caused by the US unilateral raid to kill Osama bin Laden in Abboatabad on May 2.
- Pakistan, US satisfied at joint intelligence force IRNA 10 Jun 2011 -- The Sec. Clinton and PM Gilani have expressed satisfaction over the establishment of Joint Task Force between respective Intelligence Agencies.
- Alleged Iranian Agent Infiltrated Opposition RFE/RL 10 Jun 2011 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has claimed it infiltrated the Iranian opposition outside the country.
- Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty in Leak Case VOA 10 Jun 2011 -- A former U.S. spy agency employee has pleaded guilty to unauthorized access of a government computer.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $58 Million Contract Award for Vehicle-Mounted And Portable Sensor Systems Lockheed Martin 09 Jun 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] received a $58.6 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for new systems, equipment and support services associated with the Vehicle Optic Sensor Systems II (VOSS II) and Portable Rapid Deployment Surveillance Systems (PRDSS).
- Joint Unmanned Air System Programme named as Telemos BAE Systems 08 Jun 2011 -- BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have further strengthened their relationship by announcing Telemos as the name of the programme that will deliver their joint response for a next generation Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
- Prophet Enhanced offers increased flexibility, survivability, collaboration Army News 08 Jun 2011 -- Prophet Enhanced serves as the Army's premier ground signals intelligence platform.
- Minju Joson on US Spy Satellite KCNA 07 Jun 2011 -- The United States putting GEO-1, an ultramodern spy satellite, into orbit to replace DSP which the U.S. Department of Defense operated for 30 years.
- Terrorist network dismantled in western Iran ISNA 07 Jun 2011 -- Iran dismantled a team linked to Komala terrorist cell in southern part of Western Kurdistan province.
- Black Sea Rotational Force 11 brings the Raven to Romania USMC News 06 Jun 2011 -- US Marines and soldiers with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 provided the Romanian army a Raven-B familiarization course.
- Heron 1 achieves full operational capability in ISAF mission Rheinmetall Defence 06 Jun 2011 -- In recent years, unmanned aerial systems have been playing an increasingly important role in military operations worldwide.
- Service members train on unmanned aircraft Army News 03 Jun 2011 -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Service members trained on small unmanned air vehicles at White Sands Missile Range the Week of May 23rd.
- Legislature passes bill encouraging spies to give themselves up CNA 03 Jun 2011 -- The Legislative Yuan passed a draft amendment Friday that will give pardons to Taiwan citizens who come forward voluntarily and provide a full account of their espionage activities against Taiwan.
- Pakistan, US to Resume Joint Intelligence Operations VOA 03 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Pakistan and the United States will resume joint intelligence operations against Islamist militants, in a step toward mending strained relations between the two countries.
- Grand Forks AFB Airmen welcome Global Hawk AFNS 02 Jun 2011 -- Airmen celebrated the arrival of the RQ-4 Global Hawk during a ceremony here June 1.
- Pakistan spy agency slams malicious campaign IRNA 02 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan spy agency has condemned a campaign to target and malign country's security agencies in wake of murder of a senior journalist.
- Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Coalition Intelligence Interoperability at U.S. Joint Forces Empire Challenge Exercise Lockheed Martin 01 Jun 2011 -- Using advanced, multi-level security intelligence sharing technologies, Lockheed Martin enabled members of the 'Five Eyes' international consortium (United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand) to securely share intelligence of dissimilar classifications during the recent Empire Challenge Joint Forces exercise.
- First Global Hawk Arrives at Its New Home in Grand Forks Northrop Grumman 01 Jun 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force commemorated the arrival of the first RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The aircraft landed on May 26 from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The arrival of the Global Hawk also commemorates Grand Forks as the second main operating base in the United States after Beale.
- Iran says diplomat in Egypt returns home ISNA 01 Jun 2011 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday the Iranian diplomat arrested in Egypt by mistake returned home.
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