Weekly Briefing, June 15-21, 2014

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 @ 1:25AM

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From ACD:

“Stop! Or, or I’ll Say Stop Again!” (The FCC to China)Rachel Ehrenfeld The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seem to model themselves after British policemen, popularly known as “”bobbies,” whose only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out of sight and may not employ except in self-defense or to restore order.” In response to Chinese hackers and companies selling jamming devices to interfere with our reception of signals from the United States Global Positioning System (GPS), they issue indictments and Notices that cannot be enforced. …more

An Intelligence Coup and Kurdish AspirationsJ. Millard Burr – Two days before the ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) attack on Mosul led to the discovery of 160 flash drives of inestimable value. From them, the Iraqi government and western Intelligence agencies have been provided with essential information on ISIS: Specifically, its financial health, which has been valued at more than $2 billion, and essential personnel lists with names and noms de guerre. In addition, there were coded entries for sympathizers working in the various Iraqi ministries. .…more

Turkey, Erdogan, and the Muslim Brotherhood in IraqJ. Millard Burr – A recent photograph taken 16 April 2014, which appeared in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily, shows an injured ISIL commander Abu Muhammad “allegedly receiving free treatment,” in Turkey’s Hatay State Hospital. It was reported that commander Muhammad was injured during fighting in Idlib, Syria. Two lawmakers from Turkey’s opposition Republican People¹s Party had the temerity to accuse the government of both “protecting and cooperating with jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front.” …more

Islam: Getting It RightSol W. Sanders – “Intelligence failures” — fundamental mistakes in evaluating a geopolitical situation — are not rare among state intelligence organizations. They are unfortunately common enough and have cost the lives of millions. They are a reflection of what after all is a human endeavor with all its frailties. A technician’s intercept of a Japanese naval signal, in the infancy of radar, is ignored with disastrous consequences on December 7. Failing to check a driver’s license more carefully when he is stopped for speeding fails to nab a 9/11 plotter. ..…more

ACD in the Media

Next Steps in Cyber Security Rachel Ehrenfeld, The Journal of International Security Affairs 56.

News & Commentary

Loose Sallies—Essays by Daniel KornsteinMichael Miller – Review, New York Law Journal

Iraq’s Theater of the AbsurdNorman Bailey, Globes

Israel: Knights of the Cyber Table Newsdesk, Israel Home Land Security (iHLS)

The $10 Million Deductible: Why the cyberinsurance industry is a mess Josephine Wolff, Slate

Offshore Banking Becoming a Reality For Smaller EntrepreneursDennis Adonis, Epoch Times

Huge US-Iran Gap on Nukes as Target Date Nears AP

Obama Thinks Iran Can Rescue American Interests in the Middle East: He’s Wrong. Lee Smith, Tablet

St. Petersburg Imam Moves to Crimea to Push Moscow’s AgendaPaul Goble, Window on Eurasia

America Wants the ImpossibleSpengler, Asia Times

Capitol Hill Hearings


Hearing: Maintaining Coast Guard ReadinessCommittee on Transportation – June 17, 2014

Hearing: The Critical Role of First Responders: Sharing Lessons Learned from Past AttacksHomeland Security Committee – June 18, 2014

Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in North KoreaForeign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights – June 18, 2014

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Bergdahl Exchange: Implications for U.S. National Security and the Fight Against TerrorismForeign Affairs Subcommittees on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and on the Middle East and North Africa – June 18, 2014

Hearing: P5+1 Negotiations over Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Implications for United States DefenseArmed Services Committee – June 19, 2014

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: One Year Under Rouhani: Iran’s Abysmal Human Rights RecordForeign Affairs, Subcommittees on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa – June 19, 2014

Subcommittee Hearing: Stakeholder Perspectives on Priorities for the Quadrennial Homeland Security ReviewHomeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency – June 20, 2014


Closed: Briefing on the Security Situation in IraqArmed Services Committee – June 19, 2014

Closed: Briefing on the Major Threats Facing Navy ForcesArmed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower – June 17, 2014

US Policy In Afghanistan and the Regional Implications of the 2014 TransitionForeign Relations Committee – June 18, 2014

Hearing: The Intelligence Community: Keeping Watch Over Its Contractor WorkforceHomeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee – June 18, 2014

Subcommittee Hearing: Conflicts of Interest, Investor Loss of Confidence, and High Speed Trading in U.S. Stock MarketsHomeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – June 17, 2014

FCC Report

A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S.Federal Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau 

GAO Reports

Combatting Terrorism: State Department Can Improve Management of East Africa Program GAO-14-502v – June 17, 2014

Coast Guard: Resources Provided for Drug Interdiction Operations in the Transit Zone, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands GAO-14-527 – June 16, 2014.

CRS Reports

Foreign Holdings of Federal Debt Marc Labonte, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy, Jared C. Nagel, Information Research Specialist – June 16, 2014

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