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  • Senate Judiciary Committee Report on FOIA Improvement Act of 2015

    fas.org 25 Feb '15, 6pm

    Calendar No. 17 114th Congress } ( Report SENATE 1st Session } { 114-4 ==================================================================== FOIA IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2015 _______ February 23, 2015.--Ordered to be printed _______ Mr. Grassley, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitt...

  • Another State Secrets Case Ends in Dismissal

    fas.org 20 Feb '15, 2pm

    Last week, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency after the government asserted the state secrets privilege and argued that the case could not be litigated without jeopardizing national security. Former CIA officer Jacob E. Abilt (a pseudonym) had ...

  • JASON on the Physics of Nuclear Weapons

    fas.org 20 Feb '15, 2pm

    Despite the extensive data obtained through the conduct of more than 1000 nuclear explosive tests, there is still much that is unknown or imperfectly understood about the science of nuclear weapons. A newly disclosed report prepared in 2011 by the JASON science advisory panel assessed...

  • New DNI Guidance on Polygraph Testing Against Leaks

    fas.org 18 Feb '15, 3pm

    Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued guidance this month on polygraph testing for screening of intelligence community personnel. His instructions give particular emphasis to the use of the polygraph for combating unauthorized disclosures of classified information....

  • AGM-142 Raptor / Have Nap / Popeye - Smart Weapons

    fas.org 26 Feb '15, 7pm

    The AGM-142 Have Nap is an Israeli-built Popeye missile being acquired by the USAF. The AGM-142 is a medium range conventional stand off missile provides the Air Force with a precision man-in-the-loop capability for the B-52H to attack high value, fixed targets from standoff ranges. T...

  • MK84 - Dumb Bombs

    fas.org 19 Feb '15, 8pm

    The MK-80 series was developed in the 1950s in response to the need for bombs producing less aerodynamic drag. All MK-80 series bombs are similar in construction. MK-80 series bombs are cylindrical in shape and are equipped with conical fins or retarders for external high-speed carria...

  • Foreign Military Studies Office Publications - Russian-Manufactured Armored Vehicle Vulnerability in Urban Combat: The Chechnya Experience

    fas.org 15 Feb '15, 2am

    Organize anti-tank hunter-killer teams which include a machine gunner and a sniper to protect the anti-tank gunner by suppressing infantry which is accompanying the armored vehicles. Select anti-armor ambush areas in sections of the city where buildings restrict and canalize the movem...

  • DNI Issues Directive on "Critical Information"

    fas.org 13 Feb '15, 2pm

    The Director of National Intelligence last week issued a new directive on “critical information,” also denominated “CRITIC,” which refers to national security information of the utmost urgency. “Critical information is information concerning possible threats to U.S. national security ...

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