News You Can Use: 03/20/17

National Security

Delays And Bugs In Immigrant Vetting System Trouble Lawmakers, Nextgov

The Graveyard of Empires and Big Data, Foreign Policy

There was Never a National Security Need for the Travel Ban, Lawfare

Dina Powell, Donald Trump Aide, Named to National Security Post, The New York Times

Trump Plans to Hire a Team of Lawyers to Secure Land for Border Wall, Government Executive

Report: U.S. military’s shrinking size and growing equipment age reflect DoD policies, Military Times

Trump’s Defense secretary calls climate change a national security risk, The Hill

US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser, Defense News

Privacy hawks in Congress call on Homeland Security to warn Americans of SS7 hacking threat, TechCrunch

Judge who froze first travel ban hands Trump a victory, Washington Examiner

Admitted Al-Qaida fighter convicted in N.Y. terror case, Military Times


What Trump’s Skinny Budget Says About Cybersecurity, Nextgov

Trump Advisor Promises A Plan to Improve Federal Network Security, Defense One

DHS, Energy, DoD get cyber funding under budget blueprint, Fifth Domain Cyber

New Administration’s Cyber Stance, Nextgov

Hacker Is a Villain to Russia and the United States, for Different Reasons, The New York Times

DoD reups with Lockheed Martin to run Cyber Crime Center, Fifth Domain Cyber

Public Health

Transforming mental health and addiction treatment: We’ve only just begun, The Hill

First opioid prescriptions influence the likelihood of chronic drug use, The Washington Post

How health care works around the world, CNN

Brazil yellow fever cases pass 400; more than 130 dead, ABC News

Trump’s Cuts to Meals on Wheels Could Hurt Veterans, Raise Health-Care Costs, Bloomberg

Bill aims to address mental health crises and guns, Chicago Sun Times


Illiberal arts colleges: Pay more, get less (free speech), Brookings

Trump’s Higher Education Cuts Are Neither Bold Nor Brutal, Forbes

Trump doesn’t realize that America’s greatest export is higher education, Quartz

Roundtable: U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, U.S. Department of State

“I Had a Dream to Finish School” Barriers to Secondary Education in Tanzania, Human Rights Watch

Sex assault reports up at Navy, Army academies, The Associated Press

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

President Trump’s Proposed Budget is a Minefield for Human Rights, Amnesty International

Yemen: Cluster Munitions Wound Children, Human Rights Watch

Mosul’s growing humanitarian crisis as bad as feared, USA Today

U.N.: Deaths of Human Rights Leaders in Colombia Show Pattern, World Politics Review

Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State

Government & Military Personnel

Trump Budget Would Abolish 19 Agencies, Cut Thousands of Federal Jobs, Government Executive

How Much Would Your Agency Lose (or Gain) Under Trump’s Budget?, Government Executive

Exchanges, MWR, family readiness programs get some relief from hiring freeze, Military Times

Wary federal workforce hunkers down for Trump budget, Federal Times

Trump’s proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels would hurt veterans, Military Times

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Limits on Federal Employee Job Searches?, Government Executive

Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program: Improvements Needed to Ensure Effective Implementation (GAO-17-227), U.S. Government Accountability Office

New Trump Order Will Ask Agencies to Eliminate Waste, Workforce Redundancies, Government Executive

Controversy over Obama Contractor Safe Workplaces Rule Won’t End With Its Repeal, Government Executive

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