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Secrecy News -- 07/24/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 16:00:02 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:17:56 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 07/24/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 76
July 24, 2007


**	NEW NAVY POLICY ON BIOLOGICAL SELECT AGENTS
**	CRS REPORTS ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS
**	A CAVEAT ON THE SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL MANUAL


NEW NAVY POLICY ON BIOLOGICAL SELECT AGENTS

The U.S. Navy has issued its first security policy for
protection of "biological select agents and toxins" (BSAT) at
Navy facilities, a move that may signify heightened Navy
interest in research involving these lethal materials.

Select agents, which are designated by the Department of Health
and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, are
substances that "present a high bioterrorism risk to national
security and have the greatest potential for adverse public
health impact with mass casualties of humans and/or animals or
that pose a severe threat to plant health or to plant products."
A few dozen particular biological agents and toxins have been so
designated, including ebola and smallpox viruses, botulinum,
etc.

There are currently two Navy facilities in the United States
that have possession of select agents and toxins, according to
the new policy: Naval Surface War Center (NSWC) Dahlgren and the
Navy Medical Research Center.

"The Navy may increase the number of facilities in the future,
and other Navy facilities may gain access or possession of BSAT
due to non-routine events," the document states.

The Navy policy implements a 2004 Department of Defense
Directive on protecting biological select agents, and a 2006
instruction from the Under Secretary of Defense for
Intelligence.

See "Minimum Security Standards for Safeguarding Biological
Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT)," Chief of Naval Operations
OPNAV Instruction 5530.16, July 20, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/navy/opnavinst/5530_16.pdf


CRS REPORTS ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Recently updated reports of the Congressional Research Service
on nuclear weapons-related topics include these:

"Nuclear Warheads: The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program and
the Life Extension Program," updated July 16, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33748.pdf

"Nuclear Weapons: The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program,"
updated July 13, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL32929.pdf

"Nuclear Weapons: Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," updated July
12, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33548.pdf

"Nonproliferation and Threat Reduction Assistance: U.S. Programs
in the Former Soviet Union," updated February 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31957.pdf

"North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Development and Diplomacy,"
updated July 2, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33590.pdf


A CAVEAT ON THE SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL MANUAL

The 1982 U.S. Army medical manual for special forces presented
in the last issue of Secrecy News is dangerously misleading and
it should not be used in practice, one expert in military
medicine warned.

"That manual is a relic of sentimental and historical interest
only, advocating treatments that, if used by today's medics,
would result in disciplinary measures," wrote Dr. Warner
Anderson, a U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) and former associate dean
of the Special Warfare Medical Group.

"The manual you reference is of great historical importance in
illustrating the advances made in SOF medicine in the past 25
years. But it no more reflects current SOF practice than a 25
year-old Merck Manual reflects current Family Practice. In 2007,
it is merely a curiosity."

"Readers who use some of the tips and remedies could potentially
cause harm to themselves or their patients."

"I wish you would inform my fellow Secrecy News readers of these
issues, correcting any false impressions," Dr. Anderson wrote.

A completely revised Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook
was published in 2001. A second edition of that Handbook is now
in preparation, said Gay Thompson, managing editor of the
Handbook.


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Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
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