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Cyber “Emergency” Order Nets No Culprits

In April 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13694 declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of hostile cyber activity against the United States. But six months later, the emergency powers that he invoked to punish offenders had still not been used because no qualifying targets were identified, according to a newly released […]

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Pre-Publication Review Must Be Timely & Fair, Says HPSCI

Current and former intelligence community employees (as well as some other government employees) are obliged to submit their writings for official review prior to publication in order to screen them for classified information. This is often an onerous, time-consuming and frustrating process. It sometimes appears to authors to be conducted in bad faith. The House […]

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Federal Prison Population Buildup, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made publicly available online include the following. The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Options for Congress, May 20, 2016 Zika Response Funding: Request and Congressional Action, May 20, 2016 Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments, May 20, 2016 The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery […]

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FAS Roundup: May 24, 2016

New Publication: 70th Anniversary Edition of the Public Interest Report This exclusive edition of the PIR attempts to encapsulate FAS’s continual reinvention with a glimpse into FAS’s past and a look to the future and what it may hold. A stellar assemblage of authors discuss the many aspirations, accomplishments, and challenges of FAS. Read the journal, […]

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Some State Secrets Cases May Stay Secret

A definitive accounting of the number of lawsuits in which the U.S. Government has invoked the state secrets privilege cannot be provided because some of those cases may be too sensitive to acknowledge or disclose, the Department of Justice told Congress in newly released correspondence from 2013. “Some matters involving classified or sensitive information may […]

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The RICO Statutes, and More from CRS

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee rejected two amendments to improve authorized public access to reports of the Congressional Research Service. However, unauthorized public access remains robust. The latest Congressional Research Service reports include the following. RICO: A Brief Sketch, May 18, 2016 Federal Reserve: Legislation in the 114th Congress, May 19, 2016 U.S.-EU Data […]

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Pentagon Report And Chinese Nuclear Forces

By Hans M. Kristensen The Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military developments mainly deals with non-nuclear issues, but it also contains important new information about developments in China’s nuclear forces. This includes: The size of China’s ICBM force has been relatively stable over the past five years China has deployed a new version of a medium-range […]

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DoD Biometric Collection, and More Military Doctrine

Department of Defense procedures for collecting biometric data are presented in a newly updated manual, which also provides some insight into the military and intelligence applications of such data. “Biometrics are the measurable physical and behavioral characteristics that can establish and verify an individual’s identity,” the manual explains. “Operators currently collect facial images, fingerprints, iris […]

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National Security Space Launch, and More from CRS

In a worst-case scenario, the United States could be left without a launch vehicle needed to deploy national security space payloads within the next several years. The ongoing turbulence within national security space policy is reviewed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See National Security Space Launch at a Crossroads, May 13, […]

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FAS Roundup: May 17, 2016

70th Anniversary Edition of the Public Interest Report This exclusive edition of the PIR attempts to encapsulate FAS’s continual reinvention with a glimpse into FAS’s past and a look to the future and what it may hold. A stellar assemblage of authors discuss the many aspirations, accomplishments, and challenges of FAS. Read the journal, in […]

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