from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 32
April 8, 2005
- DEFENSE DOCTRINE WEB SITE GOES DARK
- SECRECY IMPEDES SECURITY, NATIONAL ACADEMY SAYS
- VANDENBERG LAUNCH SCHEDULE RESTORED TO WEB
- FBIS VIEWS RUSSIAN FUEL FOR IRAN'S BUSHEHR REACTOR
- NEW FROM CRS
DEFENSE DOCTRINE WEB SITE GOES DARK
A large portion of a major Department of Defense web site was taken offline overnight after unclassified documents on the site became the subject of news stories and public controversy.The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Joint Electronic Library, including hundreds or thousands of doctrinal and other publications, has been replaced by a single page that reads "File Not Found" (www.dtic.mil/doctrine/). One of those publications was a draft entitled "Joint Doctrine for Detainee Operations" (JP 3-63) that was circulated by Human Rights Watch and others and that was widely and critically reported in the press today. Another was a draft "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations" (JP 3-12), that was spotlighted and cleverly analyzed by Jeffrey Lewis of ArmsControlWonk.com earlier this week. In response, the Defense Department removed those draft documents, but also many hundreds of others. A DTIC spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A selection of DoD Joint Publications and other doctrinal documents previously available through DTIC remains available on the FAS web site here:
SECRECY IMPEDES SECURITY, NATIONAL ACADEMY SAYS
"Security restrictions on sharing of information ... are hindering progress in address potential vulnerabilities of spent [nuclear] fuel storage to terrorist attacks," a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee reported this week.The NAS study tends to confirm, as many people have intuited, that indiscriminate or poorly conceived government controls on information are impeding security instead of enhancing it. "The committee fully agrees that information that could prove useful to terrorists should not be released. On the other hand,... sharing information with industry is essential for ensuring that mitigative actions to reduce vulnerabilities are carried out." "Sharing information with the public is essential in a nation with strong democratic traditions for sustaining public confidence in the [Nuclear Regulatory] Commission as an effective regulator of the nuclear industry, and for reducing the potential for severe environmental, health, economic, and psychological consequences from terrorist attacks should they occur," the NAS Committee wrote (p. 77). "While it would be inappropriate to share all information publicly, more constructive interaction with the public and independent analysts could improve the work being carried out...." (p. 78). See "Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage: Public Report," NAS Board on Radioactive Waste Management, 2005:
VANDENBERG LAUNCH SCHEDULE RESTORED TO WEB
After Vandenberg Air Force Base removed the unclassified launch schedule from its web site (Secrecy News, 03/14/05), officials reconsidered the move and reposted a revised schedule, Inside the Air Force reported on April 1.Instead of the previous one-year launch schedule, the revised site provides a three-month launch schedule, with a one-year projection (without fixed dates) beyond that. See the new Vandenberg AFB unclassified launch schedule here:
FBIS VIEWS RUSSIAN FUEL FOR IRAN'S BUSHEHR REACTOR
Russia will supply eighty metric tons of uranium fuel for Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor, Russian TV reported this week.Excerpts from the television report, captured by the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service, may be seen here:
NEW FROM CRS
The Congressional Research Service does not make its products directly available to the public. Some recent CRS reports obtained by Secrecy News include the following:"Counterintelligence Reform at the Department of Energy: Policy Issues and Organizational Alternatives," updated March 8, 2005:
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