News You Can Use: 04/14/17

National Security

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan, CNN

5 things to know about the MOAB, CNN

White House national security adviser: US eager for Syrian regime change, Politico

US Army Exploring ‘Devastating’ New Weapon For Use In War with Russia, Defense One

Top Senate Dem worries Syria attack could be the start of another endless war, Military Times

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page, The Washington Post

The Steady Rise of Digital Border Searches, Defense One

Trump’s deputy defense secretary pick hasn’t worked in the Pentagon. Is that a problem?, Defense News

Sessions signals immigration crackdown: ‘This is the Trump era’, Politico

GOP senator urges vote to require approval for certain US military operations, The Hill

Trump: ‘We’re not going into Syria’, New York Post

Russia could soon control a U.S. oil company, CNN


Budget woes hinder US cybersecurity buildup, The Hill

NSA gives military students a leg up on cyber with real-time exercise, Federal News Radio

Tired: Stealing Data. Wired: Holding a Dam for Ransom, Defense One

Air Force wants contractors to defend space systems from cyberattacks, C4ISR Net

Air Force applies high-power electromagnetics to cyber, C4ISR Net

Suspected CIA malware references ‘Star Trek,’ anime, The Hill

Public Health

Can the Republicans deliver affordable health coverage?, Brookings

Michigan’s ‘stealth move’ to increase vaccination rates, Stat

US: New Threats to Women’s Health, Human Rights Watch

Witness: Terrified to Lose Their Healthcare, Human Rights Watch

Report: Patients at DC’s VA hospital at risk because of management failures, Military Times

Smartphones can deliver vital public services, Brookings

Education At Home & Abroad

How war and years of lost education have devastated Syrian children — and what can be done to help, PBS

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

Turkey: Autopsies show sarin gas used against Syrian town, Military Times

Refugees, migrants, and the politics of fear, Brookings

Global risk of genocide hits 10-year high amid calls to prevent civilian mass killings by governments, Independent

US: California Bail System Penalizes the Poor, Human Rights Watch

Combat charities, or when humanitarians go to war, Brookings

Pentagon struggles to explain civilian casualties in air campaign against Islamic State, Chicago Tribune

Government & Military Personnel

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom, Government Executive

Predicted Federal Retirement Spike Hasn’t Materialized, But a Pay Raise Has, Government Executive

CBS News investigation exposes drug abuse among Navy SEALs, CBS

OMB Director: Shutdown Consequences Have Been ‘Blown Out of Proportion’, Government Executive

Air Force: Stop-loss is not on the table in effort to retain pilots, Air Force Times

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