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GAO Reports – Border Security, Medicare Program, Prisoner Operations

  • Border Security: DHS Surveillance Technology Unmanned Aerial Systems and Other Assets, GAO-16-671T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
  • Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls, GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016.
  • Prisoner Operations: United States Marshals Service Could Better Estimate Cost Savings and Monitor Efforts to Increase Efficiencies, GAO-16-472: Published: May 23, 2016. Publicly Released: May 23, 2016.

Defense Divided: Overcoming the Challenges of Overseas Contingency Operations

Stimson Center: “As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, initially intended for “emergency” war funding, has been used increasingly for purposes far afield of its original design. Despite troop withdrawals and recapitalization of the equipment used in the wars, large amounts of defense spending have continued to be assignedContinue Reading

Study identifies metadata mining of telephone data by NSA

“Privacy protections against government surveillance are often scoped to communications content and exclude communications metadata. In the United States, the National Security Agency operated a particularly controversial program, collecting bulk telephone metadata nationwide. We investigate the privacy properties of telephone metadata to assess the impact of policies that distinguish between content and metadata. We findContinue Reading

Space Budgets From Around The World

Space Program Spending As A Percent of GDP – Percent change, 2008 to 2014 – Data clearly indicates US is not even close to the top of the list.

DHS IG Security Audit Security Identifies Workplace Violations

Information Technology Management Letter for the Office of Financial Management and Office of Chief Information Officer Components of the FY 2015 Department of Homeland Security Financial Statement Audit,May 6, 2016. “We recommend that OFM, in coordination with the DHS Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer, make improvements to its financial management systems and associatedContinue Reading

The Intercept announces greater access to Snowden archive

Via The Intercept: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why – “Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report on and publish these materials. Both measures are designed to ensure that reporting on the archive continues in as expeditious and informative a manner as possible, in accordance with theContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicare, Military Readiness, Nuclear Security, DC, DOD Advertising, Human Rights in Egypt

Medicare: Claim Review Programs Could Be Improved with Additional Prepayment Reviews and Better Data, GAO-16-394: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016. Military Readiness: DOD Needs to Incorporate Elements of a Strategic Management Planning Framework into Retrograde and Reset Guidance, GAO-16-414: Published: May 13, 2016. Publicly Released: May 13, 2016. Nuclear Security: StatusContinue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 and Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

Via the New Energy Times, Excerpt from May 4, 2016, Report of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives on HR 4909 Together With Additional Views see Congress Directs Secretary of Defense to Provide LENR Briefing as follows: “The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produceContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Force Structure, Medicaid Program Integrity, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Force Structure: Performance Measures Needed to Better Implement the Recommendations of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, GAO-16-405: Published: May 6, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6, 2016. Medicaid Program Integrity: Improved Guidance Needed to Better Support Efforts to Screen Managed Care Providers, GAO-16-402: Published: Apr 22, 2016. Publicly Released: May 6,Continue Reading

Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields

Via DARPA: Revolutionary Enhancement of Visibility by Exploiting Active Light-fields (REVEAL) Dr. Predrag Milojkovic “Conventional optical imaging systems today largely limit themselves to the measurement of light intensity, providing two-dimensional renderings of three-dimensional scenes and ignoring significant amounts of additional information that may be carried by captured light. For example, many photons traverse complex pathsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Statutory Copyright Licenses, Military Readiness, Rural Housing Service, Municipal Freshwater Scarcity, Technology Assessment, U.S. Postal Service

Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders’ Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming, GAO-16-496: Published: May 4, 2016. Publicly Released: May 4, 2016. Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan, GAO-16-466R: Published: May 2, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016 Rural Housing Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management ofContinue Reading

Asculum Defeats: Prosecutorial Losses in the Military Commissions and How They Help the United States

Bickers, John M., Asculum Defeats: Prosecutorial Losses in the Military Commissions and How They Help the United States (May 1, 2016). National Security Law Journal, Volume 4 (Forthcoming) . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2773759 “Small but consistent failures have marked the U.S. endeavor to use military commissions in the struggle against Al Qaeda. The handful ofContinue Reading