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Secrecy News -- 04/26/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 12:09:08 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 09:25:28 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/26/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 44
April 26, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	NATIONAL EXERCISE PROGRAM WOULD TEST CRISIS RESPONSE
**	SENSITIVE SITE OPERATIONS
**	WAL-MART RECRUITS INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS
**	OTHER SECRECY NEWS
**	SELECTED CRS REPORTS


NATIONAL EXERCISE PROGRAM WOULD TEST CRISIS RESPONSE

On January 26, 2007, the Deputies Committee of the National
Security Council approved the establishment of a National
Exercise Program (NEP) that would conduct management exercises
to help senior government officials prepare for national crises
from terrorism to natural disasters.

In a briefing last month, the Department of Homeland Security
presented a proposed Five Year Schedule for the NEP.

Proposed exercises would model government responses to a nuclear
weapons accident, pandemic influenza, Olympic terrorism, IED and
MANPADS attacks, and other emergency scenarios.

Cabinet officers and other senior officials would be required to
participate in five such exercises annually.

See the Department of Homeland Security briefing on the National
Exercise Program, March 8, 2007 (For Official Use Only):

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/nep.pdf

See also "Exercise Synchronization Working Group and NEP
Implementation Plan Update and Way Ahead," Joint Chiefs of
Staff, 5-6 March 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/nep2.pdf

Thanks to Nemo at Entropic Memes (www.slugsite.com).


SENSITIVE SITE OPERATIONS

The U.S. Army yesterday issued a new Field Manual on "Sensitive
Site Operations" (FM 3-90.15, 25 April 2007).

The document itself is restricted and the Army would not
immediately provide a copy to Secrecy News. But a few blanks can
nevertheless be filled in.

"A sensitive site is a designated, geographically limited area
with special military, diplomatic, economic, or information
sensitivity for the United States," according to the Army Field
Manual (2-0) on Intelligence.

"This includes factories with technical data on enemy weapon
systems, war crimes sites, critical hostile government
facilities, areas suspected of containing persons of high rank
in a hostile government or organization, terrorist money
laundering, and document storage areas for secret police
forces."

"Sensitive site exploitation consists of a series of activities
inside a sensitive site captured from an adversary."

"These activities exploit personnel, documents, electronic data,
and material captured at the site, while neutralizing any threat
posed by the site or its contents. While the physical process of
exploiting the sensitive site begins at the site itself, full
exploitation may involve teams of experts located around the
world."

For further background and description of some fairly recent
sensitive site operations, see a seminar paper entitled "The
Strategic Implications of Sensitive Site Exploitation" by Col.
Thomas S. Vandal, National Defense University, 2003:

http://www.fas.org/man/eprint/vandal.pdf

See also "Managing Sensitive Site Exploitation -- Notes from
Operation Iraqi Freedom" by Major Pete Lofy, 2003:

http://www.fas.org/man/eprint/lofy.pdf


WAL-MART RECRUITS INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS

Wal-Mart, the massive retail chain, has established its own
"intelligence" unit to conduct threat assessments, and to
perform intelligence collection and analysis.

And it has been recruiting senior personnel from U.S.
intelligence agencies to staff its operation.

"I've had a number of people contact me who have purely law
enforcement / security investigative backgrounds," wrote one
Wal-Mart recruiter in a January 2007 bulletin board posting.
"That is not what the company is looking for."

"The primary screening criteria for the positions is [sic]
formal training and experience in intelligence analysis. If an
individual does not possess that minimal criteria, then he will
not be considered."

See "Wal-Mart Recruits Intelligence Officers" by Marcus Kabel,
Associated Press, April 24:

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8ON2P400.htm

See also "Wal-Mart Defends Itself with New Intel Unit" by Jason
Goodwin, Government Security News, February 2006:

http://www.gsnmagazine.com/feb_06_02/wal_mart.html


OTHER SECRECY NEWS

Having spent months assessing the role of contractors in U.S.
intelligence agencies, U.S. intelligence officials say they
cannot disclose how many contractors there are, because that's
classified. See "Government Keeps a Secret After Studying Spy
Agencies" by Scott Shane, New York Times, April 26:

 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/26/washington/26contracting.html

Veteran female intelligence officers charge that the Central
Intelligence Agency deals more harshly with women employees who
have relationships with foreign nationals than it does with men.
See "Does the CIA have a double standard when its spies cozy up
to foreigners?" by David E. Kaplan, U.S. News and World Report,
April 22:

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070422/30cia.htm

A tumultuous congressional hearing on the CIA's extraordinary
rendition program was captured by Jeff Stein in "A CIA Man
Speaks His Mind on Secret Abductions," CQ Homeland Security,
April 20:

http://public.cq.com/docs/hs/hsnews110-000002494626.html

In 1967 the United States had a top secret contingency plan for
attacking Israel to prevent it from moving westward into the
Sinai or eastward into the West Bank, reported Amir Oren in
Haaretz. See "The Right to Strike," April 23:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/851705.html


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

With congressional concurrence, the Congressional Research
Service refuses to make its products directly available to the
public. Some noteworthy new CRS reports obtained by Secrecy News
include the following.

"Presidential Advisers' Testimony Before Congressional
Committees: An Overview," updated April 10, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31351.pdf

"Information Operations, Electronic Warfare, and Cyberwar:
Capabilities and Related Policy Issues," updated March 20, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL31787.pdf

"Network Centric Operations: Background and Oversight Issues for
Congress," updated March 15, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32411.pdf

"Statutes of Limitation in Federal Criminal Cases: An Overview,"
updated April 9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31253.pdf

"Speechwriting in Perspective: A Brief Guide to Effective and
Persuasive Communication," April 12, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-170.pdf


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