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Soviet Spy Ronald W. Pelton to be Released from Prison

Tomorrow Ronald W. Pelton, a National Security Agency communications specialist who was convicted in 1986 of spying for the Soviet Union, will be released from prison. Like Jonathan J. Pollard, who was convicted of spying for IsraelShow More Summary

Islamic State: Frequently Asked Questions, & More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that were issued last week — but withheld from public release — include the following. The Islamic State — Frequently Asked Questions: Threats, Global Implications, and U.S. Show More Summary

Tools for Deterring Terrorist Travel (CRS)

A new report issued by the Congressional Research Service describes the various procedures that the U.S. government can use “to prevent individuals from traveling to, from, or within the United States to commit acts of terrorism.” See Legal Tools to Deter Travel by Suspected Terrorists: A Brief Primer, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 16, 2015. Show More Summary

DNI Directive on Controlled Access Programs

The Director of National Intelligence last month issued a new directive on Controlled Access Programs (CAPs). CAPs are the Intelligence Community equivalent of what are otherwise called Special Access Programs (SAPs). These are classified programs that involve access restrictions above and beyond ordinary classification controls. Show More Summary

Patents Awarded to Formerly Secret Inventions

Last year, 95 secrecy orders barring disclosure of inventions under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951 were imposed on new patent applications while 36 prior secrecy orders were rescinded. Three of the newly releasable inventions have recently received patents, decades after the inventors filed their applications. Show More Summary

Federal R&D Funding, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from broad public distribution include the following. Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2016, November 10, 2015 The Speaker of the House:...Show More Summary

In 1963, CIA Said It Had Copies of Soviet Spysat Images

In a newly disclosed memorandum from 1963, the Director of Central Intelligence advised the Secretary of State that the CIA had “good reproductions” of Soviet satellite imagery. This puzzling remark appears to suggest a previously unrecognized capability of the CIA. Show More Summary

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from broad public distribution include the following. U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues, updated November 3, 2015...Show More Summary

Police Use of Force, and More from CRS

What are the constitutional limits on police use of force? What remedies are available when those limits are exceeded? And in light of recent episodes of police violence, how might the limits and the remedies be modified? Those questions are addressed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. Show More Summary

Secret Inventions on the Rise

There were 5,579 invention secrecy orders in effect at the end of fiscal year 2015. This was an increase from 5,520 the year before and is the highest number of such secrecy orders in more than a decade. Under the Invention Secrecy Act...Show More Summary

Army Doctrine on Protection of Civilians

For moral, legal, and tactical reasons, it is U.S. Army policy to protect civilians during military operations, a newly updated Army publication explains. “To the extent possible, civilian populations (including those loyal to the enemy) must be protected from the effects of combat. Show More Summary

Advisory Committee Meetings Often Closed, and More from CRS

The 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), one of the “open government” laws, generally mandates that federal advisory committee meetings be held openly, except under certain specified circumstances. But over the past ten years, the number of closed meetings has actually increased, a new analysis by the Congressional Research Service found. Show More Summary

ODNI Issues Transparency Implementation Plan

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday released a transparency implementation plan that establishes guidelines for increasing public disclosure of information by and about U.S. intelligence agencies. Based on a...Show More Summary

Open Source Center (OSC) Becomes Open Source Enterprise (OSE)

The DNI Open Source Center has been redesignated the Open Source Enterprise and incorporated in CIA’s new Directorate of Digital Innovation. The Open Source Center, established in 2005, was tasked to collect and analyze open source information of intelligence value across all media – – print, broadcast and online. Show More Summary

Electing the Speaker of the House, and More from CRS

Procedures for electing a new Speaker of the House of Representatives are outlined in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions, October 23, 2015. Show More Summary

On Foreign Disclosure of U.S. Intelligence

Classified U.S. intelligence information may be shared with foreign recipients when it is advantageous to the U.S. to do so and when it is not otherwise prohibited by law, according to a directive that was publicly released last week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Show More Summary

At CRS, Confidentiality is an End in Itself

The ability of Congressional Research Service analysts to support congressional deliberations is substantially enabled by (if not entirely predicated on) the confidentiality with which requests from individual Members of Congress and the CRS responses to those requests are handled. Show More Summary

Army Details Ongoing Reductions in Force

Since 2010, the U.S. Army has cut 80,000 soldiers from its ranks. It plans to complete a further reduction of 40,000 more by the end of fiscal year 2017, for an overall 21 percent reduction of Army active forces down to 450,000 soldiers. Show More Summary

A Reporter’s Privilege Workaround, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Supplements Journalist Privilege, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 20, 2015 Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s...Show More Summary

Uses of Force Abroad 1798-2015, and More from CRS

The United States has used its armed forces hundreds of times in conflicts abroad, even though it has only engaged in eleven declared wars throughout its history. A newly updated tabulation of U.S. military actions has been prepared by the Congressional Research Service, up to and including the October 14, 2015 deployment of 90 U.S. Show More Summary

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