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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 the… Continue 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: Status… Continue 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 produce… Continue 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 paths… Continue 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 of… Continue 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 of… Continue Reading

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: April 2016

“The April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll continues Kaiser Family Foundation tracking of perceptions of the safety of drinking water. KEY FINDINGS: The majority of individuals living in the Midwest rate the job being done by their state to ensure the safety of the public drinking water as fair or poor. Women are less confident in… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Health Care, Indian Health Service, SEC InfoSec, Missile Defense, Public Transit, Veterans Justice, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments, GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Information Security: Opportunities… Continue Reading

Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs

Kaiser Family Foundation: Terrorism, Human Rights, and Climate Change Top the Public’s Priority List for U.S. Engagement in World Affairs “When it comes to world affairs, majorities of Americans list fighting terrorism (64%), protecting human rights (60%), and protecting the environment and fighting climate change (51%) as top priorities for the president and Congress, finds… Continue Reading

CRS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process

Via FAS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation. April 19, 2016. “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer… Continue Reading

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

Via FAS – CRS report – Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. April 15, 2016. “The United States, partner countries, and the Afghan government are attempting to reverse recent gains made by the resilient Taliban-led insurgency since the December 2014 transition to a smaller international mission consisting… Continue Reading