It’s a Plane: Visual Aircraft Recognition

The U.S. Army yesterday issued an updated manual to assist soldiers in identifying aircraft on the battlefield so as to determine whether they are friendly, hostile or something else. “Soldiers must be knowledgeable in the identification of all types of aerial platforms ranging from fixed wing attack aircraft to unmanned aircraft (UA), in order to […]

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New Rules on Classified Human Subject Research at the Dept of Energy

The Department of Energy last month issued new guidance on the conduct of classified scientific research involving human subjects. While all human subject research is governed by federal regulations, the new DOE policy imposes several additional requirements whenever such research is to be performed on a classified basis. For example, the proposed classified research must […]

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Army: Rapid Reprogramming Needed for Cyber Ops

Changes in the cyber threat environment require the Army to be able to rapidly reprogram its own military software, a newly updated Army Regulation directs. “Warfare is rapidly moving into a new domain: cyberspace. This will affect warfighting in all domains, and the Army will take measures to adapt to the cyberspace environment.” “This increased […]

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Too Many Senior Military Officers?, and More from CRS

Does the U.S. military have too many senior officers in its ranks? A new report from the Congressional Research Service does not answer that question, but it explains why the question could arise, and provides relevant background for addressing it. “While always very small in comparison to the total force, the general and flag officer […]

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“Fact of” Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa Declassified

Updated below The Department of Defense revealed this week that “The fact that U.S. nuclear weapons were deployed on Okinawa prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan on May 15, 1972” has been declassified. While this is indeed news concerning classification policy, it does not represent new information about Okinawa. According to an existing Wikipedia entry, […]

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Ground Troops Vs. the Islamic State, and More from CRS

In response to calls for increased deployment of ground forces against the Islamic State, the Congressional Research Service stated this week that “There are no clear-cut answers to determining the suitability, size, and mission profile of the ground elements of any military campaign; determining the disposition of military forces is in many ways as much […]

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Former Intelligence Employees Must Report Foreign Jobs

Under a requirement recently enacted by Congress, intelligence agency employees who hold clearances for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) must report any employment with a foreign government entity for up to two years after leaving their US government job. An internal US Air Force memorandum implementing the new requirement for Air Force intelligence personnel was released […]

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Intelligence Spending, and More from CRS

A new summary of U.S. intelligence expenditures over time has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service. See Intelligence Spending: In Brief, February 16, 2016. Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for Congress and the […]

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Supreme Court Nominations: CRS Resources

The Congressional Research Service has prepared reports on various aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court nominations process, including these: Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2010, August 6, 2010 Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate, February 19, 2010 Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-August 2010, […]

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Streamlining Declassification: Imagery and Image Products

A 2014 memorandum from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, released this week under the Freedom of Information Act, drew a new distinction between intelligence satellite images and the intelligence products that are derived from those images. The subtle new distinction affects the classification and declassification of the two categories of information, and may […]

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