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WaPo Breaks News – Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats

The Washington Post – Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats – “The president’s disclosures to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in their Oval Office meeting last week jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State — an information-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and… Continue Reading

FAA Publishes First Set of UAS Facility Maps

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. But drone operators still need FAA authorization to fly in those areas. This marks a key first step as the FAA and industry… Continue Reading

CNN: Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury criminal division for Trump financial information

“Senate Russia investigators have sent a request to the Treasury Department’s criminal investigation division (..FinCEN is the federal agency that has been investigating allegations of foreign money-laundering through purchases of US real estate…) for any information related to President Donald Trump, his top officials and his campaign aides, the top Democrat (Sen. Mark Warner –… Continue Reading

CNBC – Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Flynn for documents in Russia probe

Christine Wang – CNBC: “The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has issued a subpoena for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, seeking documents in its investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a joint announcement from Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner. Burr and Warner serve as chairman and vice… Continue Reading

Full transcript: Sally Yates and James Clapper testify on Russian election interference

Washington Post – “Former acting attorney general Sally Yates and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence, are testifying at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This is the transcript of the hearing.” Washington Post – Yates says she warned White House that Flynn could be… Continue Reading

Countries Spending the Most on War

24/7 Wall St: “The United States spent $611 billion on its military last year, up slightly from about $596 billion the year prior. American military spending dwarfs that of every other nation in the world.. Second-place China spent barely one-third as much on its armed forces. While it will not likely be surpassed any time… Continue Reading

2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

Verizon: “Welcome to the 10th anniversary of the Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). We sincerely thank you for once again taking time to dig into our InfoSec coddiwomple that has now culminated in a decade of nefarious deeds and malicious mayhem in the security world. 2016 was an extremely tumultuous year, both in the United… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources

CRS – Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist, April 21, 2017. “Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Authoritative Reports and Resources Congressional Research Service Summary Critical infrastructure is defined in the USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. 107-56, §1016(e)) as“ systems and assets, physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the… Continue Reading

CRS – The War Powers Resolution: Concepts and Practice

“This report discusses and assesses the War Powers Resolution and its application since enactment in 1973, providing detailed background on various cases in which it was used, as well as cases in which issues of its applicability were raised. It will be revised biannually. In the post-Cold War world, Presidents have continued to commit U.S.… Continue Reading

Our World Transformed: Geopolitical Shocks and Risks

The Atlantic Council Report, April 2017  – “No one can be complacent about geopolitical risks these days. The shocks and surprises of the past few years show how easily assumptions about liberal markets, international relations, conflict, and democracy can be shaken. Geopolitical volatility has become a key driver of uncertainty, and will remain one over… Continue Reading

House Doc – Principles for Reforming the Military Selective Service Process

Principles for Reforming the Military Selective Service Process Pursuant to Public Law 114-328, SEC. 555(c)(1). House Document 115–27, April 3, 2017. Via FAS – Steven Aftergood: “The Nation must prepare to mitigate an unpredictable global security and national emergency environment,” the White House said in a report to Congress this month. The report, transmitted by… Continue Reading

Rethinking Terrorism in International Law

Todeschini, Vito, Rethinking Terrorism in International Law: An Enquiry into the Legal Concept of International State Terrorism. Jura Gentium. Journal of Philosophy of International Law and Global Politics, ISSN 1826-8269, Vol. X, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2953342 “This article investigates the concept of international state terrorism with a view to providing a legal… Continue Reading