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News You Can Use: 08/26/16



News You Can Use: 08/26/16
National Security US Seeking Global Armed Drone Export Rules, Defense News The Post-Obama Syrian Playbook, Foreign Policy DHS: Don’t Fall for Louisiana Flood Charity Scams, Nextgov US nuclear policy remains dangerously stuck in the past, The Hill Louisiana Flood Relief Will Cost $30 Million, Red Cross Says, Time The New… Read More

U.S. pledges humanitarian assistance to South Sudan



U.S. pledges humanitarian assistance to South Sudan
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. will provide nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1.7 billion since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013. The new… Read More

InterAgency Journal 7-2 (Summer 2016)



InterAgency Journal 7-2 (Summer 2016)
Inside this issue: Features Through the Looking Glass: The Reflectionism Theory of International Relations by Terron Wharton The Impact of Worldviews on Training and Education in Iraq and Afghanistan by Ted A. Thomas and Seth George “Out of Sync” – U.S. Africa Command and Recent Interagency Challenges by William Denn,… Read More

News You Can Use: 08/22/16



News You Can Use: 08/22/16
National Security How the Islamic State Seized a Chemical Weapons Stockpile, Foreign Policy Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says, The Washington Post Twitter shut down 235K terror-linked accounts since February, The Hill More Federal Agencies Reach Out to Louisiana Flood Victims, Government Executive Fighting fires:… Read More

Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved



Report: post-Katrina coordination could be improved
In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report assessing the effectiveness of emergency communications after the implementation of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (PKEMRA). The PKEMRA was enacted to improve the federal government’s preparation for and response to disasters, including emergency communications. GAO-16-681 examines … Read More

DHS to address election cybersecurity risks



DHS to address election cybersecurity risks
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has promised to address cybersecurity risks within each state’s election systems. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson remarked during a conference call earlier this month that while DHS is not aware of any credible threats to the general election systems, multiple entities are available to offer… Read More

USAID invests in Zika prevention



USAID invests in Zika prevention
On August 10, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the initial results of their Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge that was issued in April of this year. USAID’s efforts align with the whole-of-government strategy to combat Zika. The challenge called for innovations from around the world… Read More

Civilians learn about DoD mission



Civilians learn about DoD mission
This week a select group of civilians was invited to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), an event that has occurred fairly regularly since 1948, where they visited the Pentagon and other military bases to learn first hand from the troops and leaders of the armed services. The… Read More