News You Can Use: 01/23/18

National Security

Trump signs bill renewing NSA’s internet surveillance program, Reuters

Mattis: Pentagon Shifting Focus to Great Power Competition — ‘Not Terrorism’, Defense One

McMaster makes his pick to replace Powell on the NSC, Politico

U.S. Air Force Weighs International Squadrons to Strike Terror Targets, The Wall Street Journal

The Islamic Republic of Hysteria, Foreign Policy

Reality check: ‘Shithole’ comments make US global security efforts that much more difficult, Defense News

Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests, The Associated Press

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable, Foreign Policy

What We Didn’t Learn from Twitter’s News Dump on Russiagate, Defense One

How Should the Pentagon Reshape Its Mideast Posture? Four Indicators to Watch, Defense One

America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria, The Atlantic

Has Russia’s Robotic Nuclear Torpedo Surfaced?, Daily Beast

Donald Trump Wants Small Nukes, War is Boring


Menacing malware shows the dangers of industrial system sabotage, Wired

In speech, Mattis explains his cyber concerns, Fifth Domain

Lebanese Government Hackers Hit Thousands of Victims With Incredibly Simple Campaign, Motherboard

Kaspersky Lab Seeks Injunction Against US Government Ban, Dark Reading

Public Health

Government Shutdowns And The CDC, NPR

Here’s How Widespread the Flu Is This Year, Time

In Trump’s First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides, NPR

Non-traditional PTSD Treatments,

Cancer Patients Get Little Guidance From Doctors On Using Medical Marijuana, NPR

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

Nigeria Loses a Treasured Justice Advocate, Human Rights Watch

Two-Thirds of Human Rights Defenders Killed in 2017 Were From Latin America: Report, Telesur

Africa’s first elected woman president has transformed Liberia, Newsweek

Kabul Hotel Attack a War Crime, Human Rights Watch

DR Congo: Security Forces Fire on Catholic Churchgoers, Human Rights Watch

Government & Military Personnel

Senate Strikes Deal, Moves to Reopen Government, Government Executive

Even Short Government Shutdowns Impact Contractors, Nextgov

Shutdown: It Ain’t Over When Its Over,

The Agencies That Will Remain Open in the Initial Days of the Shutdown, Government Executive

Fed workforce: Here’s how Congress might protect your pay during a shutdown, Federal Times

White House Supports Back Pay for Feds Who Would Be Furloughed During Shutdown, Government Executive

Will a federal government shutdown damage the US economy?, The Conversation

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay, The Associated Press

New, Temporary Federal Agency Will Push for National Service, Government Executive

Democrats Want to Spend $500M on a New, Non-Trump Backed DHS Hiring Surge, Government Executive

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