FAS Roundup: February 24, 2014

Army manual on cyberspace ops, GAO finds data on intelligence contractors unreliable and more.

From the Blogs

Army Issues Guidance on Cyberspace Operations: For the first time the U.S. Army has produced official doctrine on military activities in cyberspace, including offensive, defensive and network operations. The February 2014 introduces the fundamentals of cyber operations, or “cyber electromagnetic activities”(CEMA),defining terms and identifying important operational factors and constraints.

Kakehashi Trip Report #3: In the third of a series of postings by Fellow for Emerging Technology Michael Edward Walsh on his participation in the Japan Foundation’s Kakehashi Visit for Young Public Intellectuals, Walsh writes about his meeting with senior maritime security officers from a major Japanese commercial shipping line and the role of their industry in Japan’s response to Somali piracy and terrorism threats.

GAO Says Intelligence Contractors Not Reliable: A review by the Government Accountability Office has found that official data on the number of contractors used by civilian intelligence agencies are not reliable and costs incurred by contractors cannot be accurately assessed. The inadequacy of the data undermines workforce management as well as contractor oversight, GAO said. The report included recommendations for improving the quality and utility of data on intelligence contractor use.

Kakehashi Trip Report #4: Michael Edward Walsh discusses his meeting with officials from the Japanese International Cooperative Agency and Japan’s current development assistance to East Africa for capacity building and how this aligns with Japan’s economic and military priorities.

The Debt Limit Since 2011 and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as the rebuilding strategy after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, U.S.-South Korea relations and independence of federal financial regulators. 

FAS in the News

Feb 23: The Daily Beast“Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden”

Feb 21: PBS NewsHour“Taking Apart Iran’s Nuclear Program”

Feb 19: Foreign Affairs“Live And Let Leak: State Secrets In The Snowden Era”

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