News You Can Use: 03/15/17

National Security

Foreign Aid Belongs in America’s National-Security Toolkit, The National Interest

Russia’s ability to manipulate U.S. elections is a national security issue, not a political one, Brookings

When the Generals Become Democracy’s Guardians, Defense One

The Firm That Built the Border Fence Isn’t Interested in the Border Wall, Government Executive

The national security case for funding the EPA, The Hill

Watchdog: DHS Isn’t Ready For Social Media To Become A Bigger Part of Visa Screening, Nextgov

Trump talks budget, homeland security and Obamacare at first Cabinet meeting, Washington Examiner

Dems urge changes to ‘backdoor search loophole,’ citing Flynn case, The Hill

Washington’s Spy Paranoia, The Atlantic

Trump Broadens CIA Powers, Allows Deadly Drone Strikes, The Wall Street Journal

How a Wonky National-Security Blog Hit the Big Time, The New York Times

US military leak exposes ‘holy grail’ of security clearance files, ZDNet

Infographic: Can North Korean Missiles Reach U.S. Shores?, Foreign Policy


I Ran Intel at the Pentagon. Here’s My Advice on Insider Threats, Defense One

WikiLeaks Dump Shines Light On Government’s Shadowy Zero-Day Policy, Nextgov

Cyber, electronic warfare top urgent buying needs for Army, C4ISR Net

Trump Cyber Czar Brings Deep Expertise But Maybe Some Baggage, Too, Nextgov

Public Health

On the heels of Zika comes its deadlier relative, yellow fever, experts warn, Yahoo

GOP Plan Strips Addiction, Mental Health Coverage For Millions As Opioid Deaths Soar, Forbes

Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S., The Sacramento Bee

Republicans are flirting with class warfare in their health care bill, Brookings

CBO bombshell is going to force changes to health care bill, The Washington Post

Play of the Day: The AHCA Is Not TrumpCare, Government Executive

Education & Education Policy

Breaking the STEM ceiling for girls, Brookings

Did Betsy DeVos just ask states to ignore part of federal education law?, The Washington Post

One big reason that Syria’s future looks bleak: Education has been a victim of war, Los Angeles Times

How Artificial Intelligence enhances education, The Next Web

Academics are only part of the education this school offers its diverse student body, The Washington Post

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

WFP seeks $460 million more for Yemen to prevent famine, The Associated Press

South Sudan Military: Rebels Kidnap 8 From Christian Charity, Voice of America

Sudan’s New Image Can’t Disguise Harsh Reality, Human Rights Watch

Frozen out: the US interpreters abandoned on Europe’s border, The Guardian

Government & Military Personnel

Pension Reforms, Punishments for Porn Watchers Advance, Government Executive

USAA launches new online calculator to assist with changes from DoD’s new Blended Retirement System, Military Times

Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce, The Washington Post

There’s A Very Good Reason To Hire Overqualified Workers, Government Executive

White House plan to gut foreign military financing would cost defense jobs, senators warn, Defense News

Why the federal government should subsidize childcare and how to pay for it, Brookings

Pizza MRE, the Holy Grail of downrange eating, gets delayed indefinitely, Defense News


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