FAS Roundup: January 20, 2014

Declassification deadline passes, Benghazi report urges better open source analysis and more.

From the Blogs

White House Releases  Presidential Policy Directives: Last week, the White House issued two Presidential Policy Directives in the wake of a scolding by DC District Judge Huvelle for withholding an unclassified directive in December 2013. Presidential Policy Directive 27 is about the United States Conventional Arms Transfer Policy, and Presidential Policy Directive 28 is in regards to Signals Intelligence Activities in the wake of NSA surveillance.

December 2013 Declassification Deadline Passes- And?: A December 31, 2013 deadline set by President Obama in 2009 for the National Declassification Center (NDC) to process an estimated 400 million page backlog of historical records at the National Archives for public release has passed. So what happened? There are conflicting views about that.

Marine Corps Drawdown and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as oil and chemical spills, the armed conflict in Syria and border security.

Senate Benghazi Report Urges Better Open Source Analysis: Per a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, the U.S. intelligence community needs to expand the collection and analysis of open source information. This recommendation comes as the CIA has terminated public access to its open source collection of foreign news reports.

Enrico Fermi Award

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Sessler, former director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and longtime FAS member on winning the Enrico Fermi Award. The Fermi Award is the most prestigious science award and given for outstanding scientific achievement.

Dr. Sessler was selected for this award based on his work  “advancing accelerators as powerful tools of scientific discovery, for visionary direction of the research enterprise focused on challenges in energy and the environment, and for championing outreach and freedom of scientific inquiry worldwide.”

The Fermi Award will be presented on February 3, 2014 in Washington, DC at the White House.

Read the press release from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory here. 

FAS in the News

Jan 16: Global Security Newswire“U.S. Bill Would Deny Funds To Close Underground Missile Silos”

Jan 15: McClatchy Newspapers“U.S. Spy Agency’s Push For Secrecy Seen As Another Failing Of Obama’s Transparency Pledge”

Jan 15: Mother Jones“Nun Faces Up To 30 Years For Breaking Into Weapons Complex, Embarrassing The Feds”

Jan 10: NPR“Transcript: NSA Deputy Director John Inglis”

Jan 10: Business Insider“U.S. Spooks Worried ‘Virtual Osama Bin Laden’ Is A Real Threat”

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