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Secrecy News -- 02/09/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 08:01:27 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Fwd Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 08:28:08 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 02/09/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 16
February 9, 2007

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** 2007 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL ADVANCES IN SENATE
** SEA-BASED X-BAND RADAR (SBX) SOURCEBOOK
** SELECTED CRS REPORTS
** SOME NEW ARMY DOCTRINAL PUBLICATIONS


2007 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL ADVANCES IN SENATE

The 2007 intelligence authorization bill was approved without
amendment on February 8 by the Senate Armed Services Committee
with a recommendation that it be passed into law.

The Senate bill would notably require public disclosure of the
annual intelligence budget total, an objective long sought by
open government advocates and classification reformers. Although
there is no credible national security rationale for withholding
the amount of the intelligence budget, it remains formally
classified.

The Committee issued a brief report on the pending intelligence
bill here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_rpt/srpt110-5.html

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a closed
hearing February 8 on Saudi Arabia and the reputed role of some
Saudis in financing terrorist activities.

The hearing was held at the request of SSCI member Senator Ron
Wyden (D-OR) who described his perspective on the subject in a
rather blunt statement on the Senate floor.

"It is time to bring to light the way in which Saudi oil money
is fueling the fires of terrorism so people can actually see who
is getting burned and what is necessary to protect the security
and the well-being of Americans in a perilous world," he said.

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/wyden020807.html


SEA-BASED X-BAND RADAR (SBX) SOURCEBOOK

A new compilation of official records, news releases and other
documentation provides a fairly comprehensive account of the
Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX), an ambitious missile defense
program intended to track warheads in flight and to cue ground-
based interceptor missiles.

The SBX, constructed aboard a modified semi-submersible oil
platform, departed Hawaii last month and arrived this week in
the waters near Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, according to a
February 7 release from the Missile Defense Agency.

Hundreds of pages of background material on the program were
assembled by independent researcher Allen Thomson.

"The SBX story has been an interesting one, in my opinion, and I
think it might become even more interesting when the history of
NMD/GMD is written," Mr. Thomson told Secrecy News. "Right now,
I'm waiting to see if the second CS-50 platform nearing
completion at Severodvinsk is going to be bought by Boeing for
SBX-2."

See "Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) Sourcebook" by Allen Thomson
(19 MB PDF):

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

Related background is also available from the Congressional
Research Service in "Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense --
 Background and Issues for Congress," updated December 19, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL33745.pdf


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Recent reports of the Congressional Research Service that are
not readily available in the public domain include the
following.

"Navy Aegis Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization: Background and
Issues for Congress," February 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RS22595.pdf

"FY2008 Appropriations for State and Local Homeland Security,"
February 5, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RS22596.pdf

"Military Airlift: C-17 Aircraft Program," updated January 25,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL30685.pdf


SOME NEW ARMY DOCTRINAL PUBLICATIONS

Noteworthy new publications from the U.S. Army on military
doctrine and regulation include these.

"Intelligence Support to Capability Development," Army
Regulation AR 381-11, 26 January 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/ar381-11.pdf

"Army Field Support Brigade Tactics, Techniques, and
Procedures," Field Manual Interim FMI 4-93.41, February 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fmi4-93-41.pdf

"Mortuary Affairs Operations," Field Manual FM 4-20.64, January
2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm4-20-64.pdf




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