FAS Roundup: December 26, 2011
New CRS reports, letter to President Obama regarding Iran, U.S. electric power grid vulnerability to severe weather and much more.
From the Blogs
- Congress Approves 2012 Intelligence Authorization: Steven Aftergood writes that before the House and Senate passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, there was a conspicuous absence of public debate on any issue of intelligence policy. No dissenting views were expressed. Nor was there any discussion of or insight into current intelligence controversies.
- U.S. Arms Sales and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained new CRS reports regarding arms sales and Pakistan.
- JASON on Severe Space Weather and the Electric Grid: The U.S. electric power grid is vulnerable to damage from severe electromagnetic solar storms and remedial measures should be taken to reduce that vulnerability, a new study from the JASON scientific advisory panel concluded.
- Libya and War Powers: Steven Aftergood writes that the U.S. government acknowledges that U.S. military forces were involved in “armed conflict” this year in Libya, but it does not acknowledge that they were engaged in “hostilities.”
FAS Roundup: December 19, 2011
Military intel budget classified, new ScienceWonk blog, CIA to process Open Source Works FOIA request, 7th Session of BWC and much more.
From the Blogs
- DoD Says Military Intel Budget Request is Classified: Steven Aftergood writes that a Freedom of Information Act request for the amount of money that the Pentagon requested for the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) in FY2012 has been denied. The amount- around $25 billion- is classified and will not be disclosed.
- Congress Authorizes Offensive Military Action in Cyberspace: Congress has given the U.S. military a green light to conduct offensive military activities in cyberspace. The blanket authorization for offensive cyber operations is conditional on compliance with the law of armed conflict, and the War Powers Resolution, which mandated congressional consultation in decisions to go to war.
- CIA Will Process Request on Open Source Works: Steven Aftergood writes that in an abrupt reversal, the Central Intelligence Agency said that it will process a Freedom of Information Act request for documents pertaining to the establishment of Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source intelligence organization.
Charles P. Blair, Director of the Terrorism Analysis Project, presented at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Nuclear Security D.C. Policy Series on December 15, 2011 regarding his recent research regarding nuclear and radiological non-state adversaries to the United States and violent non-state actor radiological and nuclear command and control. View the slides from his presentation here (PDF).