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The Senate passed the FY2013 intelligence authorization act on December 28 after most of the controversial provisions intended to combat leaks had been removed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the bill was revised in order to expedite its passage. "Since the bill was reported out," she said, "the Committee has received thoughtful comments from our colleagues, media organizations, and from organizations that advocate for greater governmental transparency. As a result of these comments, and technical suggestions received from the Executive Branch, we have decided to remove ten of the twelve sections in the title of the original bill that addressed unauthorized disclosures of classified information so that we might ensure enactment this year of the important other provisions of the bill." http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2012_cr/intelauth.html More precisely, the revision of the bill could be attributed to the intervention of Sen. Ron Wyden, who all but single-handedly blocked its enactment after it was approved in Committee last July by a vote of 14-1, with only Wyden dissenting. Its passage by the full Congress seemed to be assured, but in November, Sen. Wyden placed a hold on the bill to prevent its adoption by unanimous consent. The provisions that were removed from the final bill included restrictions on background briefings for the press, limits on media commentary by former government officials, and authority for the DNI to unilaterally revoke the pension of a suspected leaker. ("Anti-Leak Measures in Senate Bill Target Press, Public," Secrecy News, July 31, 2012). Sen. Wyden opposed most of the anti-leak measures, he explained on December 21, "because, in my view, they would have harmed first amendment rights, led to less informed public debate about national security issues, and undermined the due process rights of intelligence agency employees, without actually enhancing national security." He supported the revised intelligence bill, which passed the Senate Friday on a voice vote. One of the anti-leak provisions that did remain in the bill (sect. 504) will require government officials to notify Congress whenever classified intelligence is disclosed to the press in an authorized manner, other than through FOIA or other routine processes. Thus, Congress must be advised whenever classified intelligence is declassified specifically for the purpose of disclosure to the media or -- more remarkably -- if it is disclosed to the press on an authorized basis while still classified. This is an unprecedented legislative definition (or recognition) of a category of information that has no explicit basis in executive branch policy-- namely, authorized disclosures of classified information to an uncleared member of the press or the public. ("Can Disclosures of Classified Information Be Authorized?", Secrecy News, December 19, 2012). While disclosures of classified information to the press obviously occur, the official authorization for such disclosures, if it exists at all, has always remained tacit. (There is an exception for life-threatening emergencies, in which classified information may be disclosed to first-responders and the like.) The new provision notably applies to all "government officials," including White House officials. It may oblige the Administration either to abstain from authorized disclosures of classified intelligence to the press, or to revise its policies to more clearly permit such disclosures, or to somehow evade the new reporting requirement, perhaps by defining it away. Thus, for example, Vice President Dick Cheney stated in 2004 that classified information could be used "to shape and inform what one says publicly" without violating prohibitions on disclosure of classified information. In any case, it will be interesting to see whether the executive branch notifies Congress of even a single such authorized disclosure to the media of classified intelligence over the coming year, after which the provision will sunset (or expire). "Unfortunately," said Sen. Feinstein, "I am certain that damaging leaks of classified information will continue, and so the Committee will need to continue to look for acceptable ways to address this problem." The revised intelligence bill also backs off from a move to repeal the requirement for an annual report on security clearances. The most recent such annual report provided significant new transparency and insight into the security clearance system, including the unexpectedly large number of cleared persons. ("Security-Cleared Population Tops 4.8 Million," Secrecy News, July 23, 2012). The Director of National Intelligence had asked Congress to eliminate this reporting requirement, and the Committee markup of the bill initially complied in July. But in response to concerns expressed by public interest groups, the final legislation did not include the repeal of the security clearance reporting requirement. "I believe we have addressed all of the concerns that have been brought to our attention by our colleagues and the public," said Sen. Feinstein. A NEW RULE TO PROTECT RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL (CRS) A forthcoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule on the physical protection of radioactive "byproduct materials" -- not including uranium or plutonium -- is discussed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. "The rule will have broad impacts across the country and across most if not all aspects of industries that use radioactive material, including hospital and blood bank irradiators, industrial radiography equipment, massive facilities for irradiating certain foods and medical supplies, laboratory equipment for research into radiation and its effects, state regulators, and manufacturers, distributors, and transporters of radioactive sources. NRC anticipates that the rule will be published in the Federal Register in early 2013." See "Nuclear Regulatory Commission 10 C.F.R. 37, A New Rule to Protect Radioactive Material: Background, Summary, Views from the Field," December 14, 2012: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R42868.pdf Congress has directed CRS not to make its reports directly available to the public. _______________________________________________ Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists. 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Auckland New Zealand welcomed 2013 with a spectacular fireworks display. Auckland is close to the International Dateline and the first major city to welcome the new year. (Dec. 31)
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This handbook is written for you, the embedded training team (ETT) member. Traditionally, this mission was reserved for Special Forces’ units or teams. With the revision of Army Field Manual 3.0, Operations, this is now a mission for general purpose forces. The Army has not yet officially designated one organization or agency as the ETT proponent; therefore, information concerning TTs circulates at all levels. This handbook has been vetted by the Joint Center for International Security Forces Assistance, 1st Infantry Division, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and the Center for Army Lessons Learned Integration Network.
There are two key facts ETT members must consider:
• Your first 100 days in theater will set the tone for the rest of your tour.
• You will not have much time for professional reading while at the predeployment site. So, if you only read one handbook, we think it should be this one.
The subjects in this handbook are a compilation of the most important topics raised by your predecessors during in theater interviews and redeployment surveys.
Advising and Mentoring
As an embedded training team (ETT) member, you can count on playing the roles of advisor and mentor. Some of you may also be trainers.
• Military advisor: Soldier sent to foreign nations to aid that nation with its military training, organization, and other military tasks.
• Mentor: A trusted friend, counselor, or teacher; usually a more experienced person.
Doctrinally, ETT members conduct an advisory mission; however, within Afghanistan, the use of the term mentor is more readily used by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) (e.g., Afghan National Army [ANA], Afghan National Police [ANP], etc.). An effective advisor performs not only the advisory role, but will be a mentor to his counterpart.
The ANSF unit has much to gain from coalition advisors:
• Coalition funding and equipment (lethal and nonlethal)
• Coalition intelligence
• Coalition effects (lethal and nonlethal)
• Coalition training
• Operational and tactical advice
A great advisor can:
• See solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
• Work from the commander’s intent and guidance.
• Orchestrate events to ensure success from behind the scenes (focus on the mission versus seeking personal credit).
A great advisor must:
• Be part diplomat and part warrior.
• Stay aware of local power struggles and how they will affect his organization.
• Attempt to influence ANSF according to long-term interests rather than short-term gains.
A mediocre advisor:
• Does not understand the dynamics of rapport, credibility, and value.
• Is often reduced to liaison roles with counterparts, while liaison officers who understand these dynamics often achieve status similar to advisors or confidantes with counterparts.
Key Skill Areas for Mentoring
The ANA are skillful in:
• Dismounted patrolling
• Combined arms
• Branch-specific skills
The ANP are skillful in:
• Community-oriented policing
• Problem-oriented policing
• Evidence procedures
The Afghan Border Police (ABP) are skillful in:
• Border rules
• Border checkpoints
Everyone should be skillful in:
• Ethical training
• Combat lifesaver
• Intelligence preparation of the battlefield
• Human intelligence
• De-escalation of force
• Civil-military operations
Missions of an ANA Advisor/PMT
Mentor ANA in:
• Leadership, staff, and support functions.
• Planning, assessing, supporting, and executing operations and training.
• Doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Provide ANA access to combat enablers such as:
• Close air support/fires.
• Medical evacuation.
• Quick reaction force (QRF).
• Redundant command and control capability.
Sustain ANA units:
• Monitor ANA pay operations and personnel
• Contract or cash purchase ANA support/sustainment
• Assist ANA forces in forecasting requirements
• Assist ANA forces in planning, developing, and executing sustainment
Other ANA support missions
School house and doctrine (Training and Doctrine Command):
• Develop and execute institutional training programs.
• Synchronize Soldier, noncommissioned officer (NCO), and officer course programs of instruction.
• Update and translate doctrinal and training publications.
Logistical support (logistics task force): Maintain and sustain ANA forces (ANA depot-level support).
Partnership program: Participants with Combined Joint Task Force-101, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, and International Security Assistance Force.
Police mentor team missions
Afghan Uniformed Police PMT:
• Assist and mentor the provincial Community of Police (CoP) in operating, manning, and equipping the Joint Police Command Center.
• Mentor, coordinate, monitor, and support the assigned provincial CoP efforts to conduct authorized Afghan National Auxiliary Police training, sustainment training, and opportunity training.
• Establish close coordination with the provincial reconstruction team/police technical assistance team within your area of responsibility.
Afghan Border Police PMT missions:
• Mentor ABP element in participating in the Joint Regional Command Center (JRCC) process for that headquarters (HQ).
• Mentor, coordinate, monitor, and support the assigned battalion or brigade commander efforts to conduct sustainment training and opportunity training.
Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) PMT missions:
• Mentor ANCOP element in participating in the JRCC process for that HQ.
• Provide coordination support to the ANCOP element during cross-boundary/QRF operations.
Other missions for advisor/mentors:
• Presence patrol (day and night)
• Village assessment
• Humanitarian aid
• Traffic checkpoint
• Eradication of suspected or known enemy positions
• Drug eradication
• Cordon and search for weapon cache
• High value target force protection and security escort
• Route/area security
• Joint operation
• Route/area reconnaissance
• Threat investigation