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October 31, 2014

Weekly Recap: Obama National Security Team in Turmoil, ISIS Fight Rolls On

It was an eventful week before the midterm elections, both around the globe and within the United States’ borders. Here’s some of what we covered, and some of what you might have missed elsewhere.

  • Important. We wrote about how ISIS continues to evolve as an organization, as well as how the cost of the war against the group is rising.  We also wrote about how anonymous administration officials keep shooting Democrats in the foot at exactly the time when they need it least.
  • Neat. We provided video of a super soldier suit, plus video of a ride in a U-2 cockpit.
  • Inside the Building. Technocrat had a talk with Chris Calabrese of the Center for Democracy and Technology about the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and dipped into how Orbital Sciences’ rocket explosion could impact military rocket procurement. The Container ran a number of items about airline security.
  • Outside the Building. The New York Times had a splashy story about the Obama administration’s national security and foreign policy team being under duress, filled with anecdotes that generated headlines in and of themselves. One of those was about Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel taking issue with the White House on Syria policy, which the Los Angeles Times then expounded upon in their own piece.

October 22, 2014

Coburn Wastebook: Iron Man Suit, FEMA Golf Courses, Navy Magazines

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Sen. Tom Coburn on Jan. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (@tomcoburn) is out with his final edition of his annual Wastebook of government spending, and besides the massages for rabbits and money to watch grass grow, a variety of Defense Department projects and other national security-related programs get the Oklahoma Republican’s sardonic smack. Full story

October 14, 2014

The Army, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan in the Week Ahead

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Levin on March 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All the hot spots get some attention this week in Washington, D.C., and there is a pair of big multi-day conferences — one of which is already underway. Full story

October 10, 2014

Why the Internet Will Never Be Completely Secure

Will we ever be 100 percent secure from data security threats? According to the panelists at a Thursday afternoon roundtable on cybersecurity, the answer is no. There are a couple reasons for this: design flaws and human error. Full story

October 6, 2014

Colin Powell, Robots, Bobby Jindal in the Week Ahead

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week’s schedule doesn’t feature a ton of cybersecurity events, but there is a big homeland security conference that will discuss it, among many other things on the agenda. Full story

October 3, 2014

Weekly Recap: ‘Yoga Joe,’ Intel and ISIS, the History of Camouflage

 

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A Ukrainian sniper wearing camouflage waits on the frontline not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region on Aug. 25. (Oleksandr Rathushniak/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome back to the Weekly Recap, where we hit the highlights of Five By Five, plus other quality national security stories from around the Internet. Full story

September 30, 2014

Homeland Security Drones Fly Away From Border, Coasts 1/5th of the Time

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A Predator drone operated by U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM), taxis towards the tarmac for a surveillance flight near the Mexican border in March of last year. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Customs and Border Protection drones operated along U.S. borders and coasts 80 percent of the time over the last three years — but strayed 20 percent of the time into restricted airspace due to things like malfunctions, or else entered into Federal Aviation Administration-approved airspace for things like disaster missions.

That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which also found that the Department of Homeland Security’s CBP has put in place procedures for complying with civil liberties and privacy laws and standards. Full story

September 29, 2014

White House Security Breach, Video Games/Future of Unknown Conflict in the Week Ahead

 

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A member of the Park Police keeps watch infront of the White House on Sept. 25. The Secret Service is reviewing new security measures inside and outside the White House fence after a man made it all the way inside the presidential mansion before being tackled. (Mandel NganAFP/Getty Images)

A handful of congressional panels are in action this week despite the prolonged recess, and naturally there’s some discussion of Iraq and Syria around Washington, D.C. Also, video games.

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September 26, 2014

Weekly Recap: ISIS, Qassem Suleimani & Eric Holder


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Welcome to the new Weekly Recap, featuring highlights of Five By Five posts you may have missed as well as interesting reads from around the web. Full story

September 22, 2014

Should the U.S. Be Most Worried About ISIS, or Some Other Threat?

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Feinstein talks with an aide on the Senate subway in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Everybody agrees ISIS is a problem for the United States, and the news coverage has put a tremendous focus on the group. But this weekend, some light was shined on the question of whether the group that calls itself the Islamic State is the biggest threat.

The New York Times wrote about the threat posed by Khorasan, which the national spymaster estimates might equal the threat posted by ISIS. House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. (@repmikerogers), said it might even be greater. And Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (@SenFeinstein), placed Khorasan among the three most dangerous groups threatening the United States, alongside ISIS and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

There’s about to be more light shined on the question: On Tuesday, the Bipartisan Policy Center is set to release a report evaluating the overall threat from jihadists, and Carie Lemack, the director of the group’s Homeland Security Project, discussed some of the report’s highlights with Five By Five on Monday. Full story

September 15, 2014

Presidential Politics and Defense, ISIS Hearings in the Week Ahead

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Rubio, July 9. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The first order of business this week on the Hill is passing a stopgap spending bill, which is of course of interest to the defense and national security world. You could also throw a rock and hit any given Iran nuclear event in D.C., so we’ll mostly focus on other things… Full story

September 12, 2014

ISIS and Twitter

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McKeon delivers an address during a National Press Club luncheon in February. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Islamic State terrorist group will have no safe haven if they threaten America, President Obama said in address to the nation on Wednesday night.

But they have been threatening America, in particular by using social media. Full story

September 11, 2014

9/11 Political Commercials

There is a fresh pair of 2014 election season ads up that are tied to Sept. 11.  One has already endured some backlash. Full story

September 8, 2014

Security Clearance Contractor USIS Rebuffs Edward Snowden Attack (and More)

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A man holds up a placard during a protest march outside the American NSA facility “Dagger Complex” in Griesheim near Darmstadt, central Germany on July 26. (Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images)

USIS, the biggest federal contractor for background checks for security clearances, had to be happy to get a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services contract worth $190 million recently, because the company had been on a bad news streak. All the contract seemed to do, though, was give ammunition to its critics — including a chorus of them from Capitol Hill — prompting USIS to issue a “myth vs. fact” declaration Monday. Full story

Police Militarization, Congressional Comeback in the Week Ahead

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is back in town for a little while, with a blend of housekeeping and rowdiness on the national security front. That means a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until December, including some national security programs; a House resolution criticizing President Obama over the “Taliban Five”/Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap; and maybe a new war authorization stemming from the uptick of military action in Iraq.

Congress’ return also means Washington, D.C. will be humming again, and Five By Five will be back to its regular publishing schedule… Full story

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