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Re: Secrecy News -- 03/29/07 - Aftergood

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:07:55 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 07:14:33 -0400
Subject: Re: Secrecy News -- 03/29/07 - Aftergood


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 35
March 29, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	BILL SEEKS INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
**	GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO JOINT OPERATIONS
**	HONEY BEE POPULATION DROPS SHARPLY, AND MORE FROM CRS


BILL SEEKS INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Global climate change "represents a clear and present danger to
the security and economy of the United States," according to a
bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate yesterday, and it
therefore warrants the focused attention of U.S. intelligence
agencies.

"For years, many of us have examined global warming as an
environmental or economic issue," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-
IL). "We also need to consider it as a security concern. Our
bill begins this process by requiring a National Intelligence
Estimate to assess the strategic challenges presented by the
world's changing climate."

"In this legislation, we ask for the intelligence community to
provide a strategic estimate of the risks posed by global
climate change for countries or regions that are of particular
economic or military significance to the United States or that
are at serious risk of humanitarian suffering," Senator Durbin
said. "This NIE will assess the political, social, agricultural,
and economic challenges for countries and their likely impact."

The new bill is jointly sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

"Senator Durbin and I differ on policy initiatives designed to
reduce the impact of climate change," said Sen. Hagel. "We do
agree, however, on the need to assess potential impacts of the
changing climate on U.S. national security interests so that our
Nation can develop responsible, forward-thinking policies that
ensure the continued safety and prosperity of the American
people."

See their March 28 introductory statements and the text of the
new bill (S. 1018) here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s1018.html

Among the eleven "policy coordinating committees" at the
National Security Council that were established by President
Bush's National Security Presidential Directive 1 in February
2001 is one on "Global Environment." But this NSC committee has
left no identifiable public trace on U.S. policy.


GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO JOINT OPERATIONS

A newly updated doctrinal publication from the Joint Chiefs of
Staff describes the various types of geospatial intelligence
products produced by U.S. intelligence agencies and their role
in the conduct of joint military operations.

Geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) includes imagery, maps and
other data that characterize a target or area of intelligence
interest.

The new publication "covers the foundation and evolution of
GEOINT; discusses GEOINT support to operations; provides a
complete discussion of the roles and responsibilities for
GEOINT; discusses GEOINT in terms of the intelligence process;"
and more.

See "Geospatial Intelligence Support to Joint Operations," Joint
Publication 2-03, 22 March 2007 (135 pages, 2.3. MB PDF):

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp2-03.pdf


HONEY BEE POPULATION DROPS SHARPLY, AND MORE FROM CRS

A "sharp decline" in the U.S. population of honey bees is
examined in a new report from the Congressional Research
Service.

"This phenomenon first became apparent among commercial
migratory beekeepers along the East Coast during the last few
months of 2006, and has since been reported nationwide," the CRS
report said.

Various potential causes have been postulated, including
parasites, pathogens, chemical contaminants, poor nutrition, and
"stress."

The declining bee population is the subject of a hearing today
before the House Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic
Agriculture.

See "Recent Honey Bee Colony Declines," Congressional Research
Service, March 26, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33938.pdf

Despite the best efforts of CRS management to impede public
access to CRS products, the following CRS reports were obtained
by Secrecy News.

"Federal Advisory Committees: A Primer," updated March 20, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30260.pdf

"Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy and
Implementation," updated March 13, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL30153.pdf

"Defense Acquisition: Use of Lead System Integrators (LSIs) --
 Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress," March
26, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22631.pdf




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