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WaPo – Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein: “Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20,Continue Reading

World Oil Transit Chokepoints

EIA:  World Oil Transit Chokepoints – Last Updated: November 10, 2014 “World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security. About 63% of the world’s oil production moves on maritime routes. The Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca are the world’s most important strategic chokepoints by volumeContinue Reading

The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans

“A new report, “The Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans,” looks at those Gulf War veterans who began service on or after August 1990, the official start of the first Gulf War. It differentiates between “Gulf War I” veterans — those who served only during the August 1990 to August 2001 period —Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Contract Audit Agency, IRS Financial Audit, Spent Nuclear Fuel Management, Federal Real Property

DEFENSE CONTRACT AUDIT AGENCY: Additional Guidance Needed Regarding DCAA’s Use of Companies’ Internal Audit Reports, GAO-15-44: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2014. FINANCIAL AUDIT: IRS’s Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-173: Published: Nov 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2014. SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL MANAGEMENT: Outreach Needed to Help Gain Public Acceptance for Federal Activities That Address Liability, GAO-15-141: Published:Continue Reading

Defining Criticality in a Networked World

Fleming, Matthew H. and Goldstein, Eric and Abott, Stephen and Bromberger, Seth and Kendall, Joseph, Defining Criticality in a Networked World: Implications of the Use of Information and Communications Technology for Efforts to Promote the Security and Resilience of Critical Infrastructure (January 17, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2519887 “Current approaches to critical infrastructureContinue Reading

Qatar: Background and U.S. Relations

CRS – Qatar: Background and U.S. Relations, Christopher M. Blanchard,  Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. November 4, 2014. “Qatar, a small peninsular country in the Persian Gulf, emerged as a partner of the United States in the mid-1990s and currently serves as host to major U.S. military facilities. Qatar holds the thirdlargest proven natural gas reserves in the world, andContinue Reading

UK Major Incident Procedure Manual Eighth Edition

“The London Emergency Services Liaison Panel (LESLP) was formed in 1973 and consists of representatives from the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police, British Transport Police, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service and local authorities. The Port of London Authority (PLA), Marine Coastguard, RAF, Military and voluntary sector are also represented. LESLPContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – TARP Audit, Military and Veteran Support, Women Owned SBAs

FINANCIAL AUDIT: Office of Financial Stability (Troubled Asset Relief Program) Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Financial Statements, GAO-15-132R: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2014. MILITARY AND VETERAN SUPPORT:DOD and VA Programs That Address the Effects of Combat and Transition to Civilian Life, GAO-15-24: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2014. WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM: Certifier OversightContinue Reading

Convictions from FBI Investigations Vary Widely by Region

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2014 the government reported 10,979 federal criminal convictions resulting from cases referred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Drug offenses accounted for about one fourth of these convictions (23.8 percent) followed by white collar crime (21.6 percent). Nationally, there was an average of 35Continue Reading

Lack of Transparency Raises Serious Concerns about Planned Uranium Processing Facility

“Federal officials have refused to publicly release information about the cost and scope of a planned Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) in Tennessee, even as the project moves toward the design and construction phase. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has raised alarms about the scant details that have been revealed about the multi-billion dollar UPF projectContinue Reading

Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights

CRS – Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights, Kenneth Katzman,  Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, October 29, 2014 “Since the 2011 U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq, sectarian and ethnic divisions have widened, fueling a major challenge to Iraq’s stability and to Iraq’s non-Muslim minority communities. Many of Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have sided with radical Sunni Islamist insurgents as aContinue Reading

Steganography in Modern Smartphones and Mitigation Techniques

“By offering sophisticated services and centralizing a huge volume of personal data, modern smartphones changed the way we socialize, entertain and work. To this aim, they rely upon complex hardware/software frameworks leading to a number of vulnerabilities, attacks and hazards to profile individuals or gather sensitive information. However, the majority of works evaluating the securityContinue Reading