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Secrecy News -- 10/26/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 12:00:01 -0400
Archived: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 18:25:23 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 10/26/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 106
October 26, 2007

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**	DNI ISSUES DIRECTIVES ON HISTORY, SOURCING, PRIORITIES
**	NATIONAL ACADEMY ENDORSES OPEN RESEARCH POLICIES
**	WHITE HOUSE SEEKS TO RATIFY NUCLEAR PROTECTION POLICY


DNI ISSUES DIRECTIVES ON HISTORY, SOURCING, PRIORITIES

"The United States Intelligence Community (IC) has an obligation
to learn from its history and its performance and to document
its activities," Director of National Intelligence J. Michael
McConnell wrote in a newly disclosed Intelligence Community
Directive.

Towards that end, "each IC agency/organization shall establish
and maintain a professional historical capability... to
document, analyze and advance an understanding of the history of
the agency or organization and its predecessors."

See "Intelligence Community History Programs," Intelligence
Community Directive 180, August 29, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-180.pdf

Another new DNI directive instructs intelligence analysts that
"disseminated analytic products must contain consistent and
structured sourcing information for all significant and
substantive reporting or other information upon which the
product's analytic judgments, assessments, estimates, or
confidence levels depend."

"Thorough and consistent documentation enhances the credibility
and transparency of intelligence analysis and enables consumers
to better understand the quantity and quality of information
underlying the analysis."

See "Sourcing Requirements for Disseminated Analytic Products,"
Intelligence Community Directive 206, October 17, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-206.pdf

Intelligence collection and analysis objectives are defined and
ranked through something called the National Intelligence
Priorities Framework (NIPF), which "is the DNI's sole mechanism
for establishing national intelligence priorities."

Based on topics approved by the President, the NIPF provides a
process for prioritizing competing intelligence requirements and
allocating resources accordingly.

See "Roles and Responsibilities for the National Intelligence
Priorities Framework," Intelligence Community Directive 204,
September 13, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-204.pdf


NATIONAL ACADEMY DEFENDS OPEN RESEARCH POLICIES

Poorly considered security restrictions on unclassified research
and limits on foreign scientists' access to U.S. laboratories
could erode U.S. scientific and engineering prowess, a recent
report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded.

"The success of U.S. science and engineering has been built on a
system of information sharing and open communication, not only
among U.S. institutions, but also with the international science
and technology communities."

"Given the current diminishing rates of new scientific and
engineering talent in the United States ... the size of the U.S.
research and development effort cannot be sustained without a
significant and steady infusion of foreign nationals," the
report said.

"We must continue to encourage U.S.-born citizens to pursue
science and engineering degrees and at the same time remain open
to the benefits that foreign-born, but U.S.-trained, scientists
and engineers bring to our country in terms of technological and
economic growth."

See "To Maintain National Security, U.S. Policies Should
Continue to Promote Open Exchange of Research," NAS news
release, October 18:

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordI
D=12013


WHITE HOUSE SEEKS TO RATIFY NUCLEAR PROTECTION POLICY

To submit an international arms control agreement to the U.S.
Senate for ratification has not always been the Bush
Administration's first instinct. But last month the White House
asked the Senate to ratify a 2005 Amendment to the 1980
Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

"This Amendment is important in the campaign against
international nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation,"
President Bush wrote in his transmittal letter.

"It will require each State Party to the Amendment to establish,
implement, and maintain an appropriate physical protection
regime applicable to nuclear material and nuclear facilities
used for peaceful purposes."

The pending Amendment along with a State Department overview and
related materials were recently printed for the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee. See "Amendment to Convention on Physical
Protection of Nuclear Material," submitted by the President of
the United States to the U.S. Senate, September 4, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/nucmat/text/amend.pdf

International progress on ratifying the Amendment "remains
slow," lamented Mohamed El Baradei, director general of the
International Atomic Energy Agency, in a September 10 statement.
Of the 128 States that are party to the 1980 Convention, only 11
have approved the 2005 Amendment, he said.



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