FAS Roundup: June 30, 2014

Crisis in Iraq and U.S. policy, Army directive on retaliation for reporting crime and more.

From the Blogs

“For Official Use Only” is Used Too Much at DHS, House Says: In a new report on Department of Homeland Appropriations for 2015, the House Appropriations Committee found that there is too much information that is marked “For Official Use Only” at DHS. Efforts to sort out what is really sensitive have “wasted substantial staff resources,” the report said. Therefore, the Committee would require any official who marked a document FOUO to identify himself or herself on the document, along with a justification for doing so.

Army Directive Prohibits Retaliation for Reporting a Crime: The Secretary of the Army last week issued a directive specifying that retaliating against someone for reporting a crime is itself a crime.Prohibited forms of retaliation include adverse personnel actions and ostracism, as well as “acts of cruelty, oppression or maltreatment.” The directive implements a requirement that was enacted by Congress in the 2014 defense authorization act (section 1709) as part of a legislative response to instances of sexual assault in the military.

Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as the crisis in Iraq and U.S. policy, armed conflict in Syria, the C-130 Hercules Aircraft and Navy force structure and shipbuilding plans. 

Short Course on CBRN Weapons, Science and Policy

FAS and George Mason University will host a short course from July 7-9, 2014 as part of GMU’s 2014 summer program in International Security. This three day, non-credit short course is designed to introduce participants to the science, security, and policy dimensions of the threats of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as well as ballistic and cruise missile.

This course is aimed at professionals in energy policy, nuclear policy, nuclear industry, public health, life sciences, law enforcement, emergency management and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to acts by states, criminals, or terrorists using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Click here for course information and registration. 

FAS in the News

Jun 27: Wall Street Journal“U.S. Phone Searches Expanded In 2013”

Jun 27: New York Times“Reporter’s Case Poses Dilemma For Justice Dept.”

Jun 26: Global Security Newswire“Quantifying Progress In Reducing WMD Threats Getting Tougher: Report”

Jun 26: Christian Science Monitor“New Test Could Hint At Nuclear Weapons Inspections Of  The Future”

Jun 22: New York Daily News“Miracles, Secrecy And Obama”

Jun 20: Business Insider“Fifty Years Of Nuclear Development In One Chart”