CIA Defends Selective Disclosure to Reporters

The Central Intelligence Agency said yesterday that it has the right to disclose classified information to selected journalists and then to withhold the same information from others under the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA requester Adam Johnson had obtained CIA emails sent to various members of the press including some that were redacted as classified. […]

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Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service this week include the following. Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, updated February 13, 2018 Congressional Gold Medals: Background, Legislative Process, and Issues for Congress, February 9, 2018 D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB — Part I, CRS Legal Sidebar, February 12, 2018 Israel: Background […]

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Army Directed Energy Weapons, and More from CRS

U.S. Army efforts to develop directed energy weapons — such as lasers and microwave weapons — are surveyed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Such weapons are probably years away from actual deployment by the Army, if indeed they ever become practical options. “While DE weapons offer a variety of advantages over […]

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Army Visual Signals

Soldiers need to be able to communicate on a noisy, dangerous battlefield even when conventional means of communication are unavailable. To help meet that need, the US Army has just updated its compilation of hand and flag signals. One configuration of flags signifies “Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazard present”:   Or a soldier may […]

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The Expanding Secrecy of the Afghanistan War

Last year, dozens of categories of previously unclassified information about Afghan military forces were designated as classified, making it more difficult to publicly track the progress of the war in Afghanistan. The categories of now-classified information were tabulated in a memo dated October 31, 2017 that was prepared by the staff of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction […]

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DARPA: An Overview, and More from CRS

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, established in 1958, is responsible for advancing the state of the art in defense science and technology. The agency’s structure, priorities and budget are discussed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: Overview and Issues for Congress, February 2, 2018. (For a […]

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US Policy on Syria, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Administration’s Syria Policy Envisions Continued U.S. Presence, CRS Insight, January 26, 2018 TPP Countries Conclude Agreement Without U.S. Participation, CRS Insight, January 29, 2018 Mexico: Background and U.S. Relations, updated January 29, 2018 2017 Disaster Supplemental Appropriations: Overview, January 25, 2018 Shining a […]

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