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Secrecy News -- 05/19/05

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 11:22:14 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 08:02:09 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 05/19/05


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 47
May 19, 2005


**	REPORT ON OVERSEAS BASES REMOVED FROM WEB
**	NUCLEAR ATTACK PLANNING BASE 1990
**	CRS STUFF
**	ARMY BAND LEADER HANDBOOK


REPORT ON OVERSEAS BASES REMOVED FROM WEB

A report to Congress from the Overseas Basing Commission was
removed from the Commission's web site last week after the
Department of Defense complained that its publication involved
"unauthorized disclosure of classified information."

But "The commission is confident that everything in our report
was obtained from unclassified sources or settings," Commission
chairman Al Cornella told the Washington Post.

Along with forthright criticism of current Pentagon planning,
the suppressed Commission report concluded ironically that "The
nation would benefit from a more inclusive discussion on how
best to ensure the greater security of the United States." (p.
C&R 3).

The main body of the May 9 report of the Overseas Basing
Commission, not including several appendices, was preserved on
the web site of Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX). A copy is posted
here (5.4 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/obc.pdf

See also "Report Critical of Rumsfeld Is Pulled After DOD
Protest" by Mike Allen, Washington Post, May 16, 2005:

http://tinyurl.com/auvr6


NUCLEAR ATTACK PLANNING BASE 1990

The Final Report of the Nuclear Attack Planning Base 1990 (NAPB
90) project, a little-known classic of the late cold war era on
the consequences of a nuclear war, was released under the
Freedom of Information Act and is now available online.

NAPB-90 was undertaken by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) in 1985-86 to estimate the physical effects of a
Soviet nuclear strike against the United States.

It presents detailed assessments of casualties and other damages
due to nuclear weapons blast overpressure, fire and radiation.

"NAPB-90 cannot be used to predict how a nuclear war would be
fought against the U.S. but merely identifies areas and
populations which are at potential risk from nuclear weapon
effects," the final report states.

"It represents a credible estimate of the potential risk from a
large-scale nuclear attack on the U.S., having been constructed
on logical, studied assumptions and available empirical data."
(p.2).

The approximately 800 page final report, originally marked
Limited Distribution and Not for Public Release, has long been
hard to find. In response to a Freedom of Information Act
request from Allen Thomson, FEMA courteously provided its
library reference copy on loan.

The full text of "Nuclear Attack Planning Base-1990 Final
Project Report," April 1987, is now here:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/napb-90/index.html


CRS STUFF

Some recent reports of the Congressional Research Service
obtained by Secrecy News include these.

"Federal Counter-Terrorism Training: Issues for Congressional
Oversight," May 16, 2005:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL32920.pdf

"Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues," updated May 9,
2005:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IB85159.pdf

"Bioterrorism Countermeasure Development: Issues in Patents and
Homeland Security," May 6, 2005:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL32917.pdf


ARMY BAND LEADER HANDBOOK

It seems improbable that anyone would join the military in order
to serve as a musician. But bands and orchestras are an
established part of military ceremony, and so they even have
their official guidelines and "doctrine."

The U.S. Army this month issued an updated Handbook for Army
Band Leaders.

It includes an informative account of the origin and history of
instruments used in Army bands, and provides practical guidance
for band organization and rehearsal.

Among the band leader's more subtle and profound duties is to
appraise his band members, so as to integrate them into a
cohesive and well-tempered unit.

"Every section leader must know each player's capabilities
before effectively employing those capabilities. This is a
continually ongoing process, beginning with evaluating a new
player, through daily observation of their development, until
the day that Soldier leaves the band."

See "Army Band Section Leader Handbook," Training Circular 12-
44, dated 23 May 2005 (70 pages, 1.1 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/tc12_44.pdf



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