Friday, July 19, 2013

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 19, 2013

The new National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City, Utah in this NSA file photo shot in May of 2013 and released to Reuters July 9, 2013. REUTERS/National Security Agency/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Overhauling Intel Access In Bid To Prevent Another Snowden -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The United States is overhauling procedures to tighten access to top secret intelligence in a bid to prevent another mega-leak like the one carried out by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, a top Pentagon official said on Thursday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a security forum that the government was already moving to better isolate intelligence so that all of it isn't accessible in one place, and to implement a "two-man rule" - similar to procedures used to safeguard nuclear weapons.

"When are we taking countermeasures? ... The answer is now," Carter told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. "This failure originated from two practices that we need to reverse."

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NSA director suggests phone companies, not government, could store calling records -- Washington Post

Snowden leaks give new life to lawsuits challenging NSA surveillance programs -- Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor

British Agency Is Cleared of Illegal Data Gathering -- New York Times

Prism in Afghanistan: Conflicting Accounts By German Government -- Matthias Gebauer, Spiegel Online

Meet Tor, The Military-Made Privacy Network That Counts Edward Snowden As A Fan -- Huffington Post

Loose Lips Sink Ships, But What About Cybersecurity Leaks? -- Peter W. Singer and Ian Wallace, Defense One

Analysis: Ship Seizure Shows Dire Straits of Cuban Military Rather Than Threat -- Reuters

Britain’s nuclear arsenal: There is no alternative -- The Economist

Africans, European most approving of U.S. drone strikes -- McClatchy news

Russia Planning to Buy Aerial Drones in UAE – Source -- RIA Novosti

Russia’s Pacific Fleet to Receive New Warships in 2014 -- RIA Novosti

U.S. says 12 more Ospreys on way -- Japan Times

UN: Unexploded ordnance killing Afghan civilians as U.S.-led coalition abandons bases -- McClatchy News

U.S. on Track in Afghanistan, Military Leaders Tell Senate -- US Department of Defense

U.S. military prepares for potential chemical weapons in Syria -- CBS News

Test Failure Stirs Missile Defense Doubts -- Defense Tech

Rocket part made by 3D printing in successful hot-fire test -- Space Daily/UPI

Congress wants 4-year planning from VA, similar to DOD -- Stars and Stripes

Workers restoring second-oldest military cemetery -- Army Times

Hagel holds closed discussion with female Marines -- Stars and Stripes/Daily News

Navy, Marine Corps hope some publicity helps deter sexual assaults -- CNN

Bradley Manning trial: Judge refuses to drop 'aiding the enemy' charge -- The Telegraph

Judge: Manning must face charge that his leaks aided enemy -- McClatchy News

Longtime Army Vet Cannot Buy a Gun... and You Won't Believe Why -- FOX News

Dempsey’s Next Mission: Balance U.S. Ambition, Ability -- Kevin Baron, Defense One

The ouster of Mattis: Some follow-up details and a White House response -- Thomas E. Ricks, Best Defense

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