News You Can Use: 09/01/17

National Security  

The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs, The Atlantic

North Korea tests again: What did Pyongyang achieve?, Brookings

US Navy shoots down ballistic missile in test, Defense News

Trump Says Border Wall Will Stop Drugs. Here’s What a DEA Intel Report Says., Foreign Policy

Hurricane Harvey may have destroyed Trump’s Mexico wall before a single brick is laid, Quartz

DHS Employs a Reliable Tactic to Fulfill Trump’s Mandated Hiring Surge—More Money, Government Executive

DIA gets new director, C4ISR Net

Lower-Yield Weapons Will Raise, Not Lower, the Threshold for Nuclear Use, Defense One

The Trump Administration’s Evolving Rhetoric on North Korea, The Atlantic

New Orleans is still learning from the lessons of Katrina – Houston should too, Brookings

GAO to agencies: Stop using Social Security numbers for everything, Federal Times

Experts call for public debate on ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’, Fifth Domain

Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025, Defense One

Trump Order Rolls Back Obama Rules on State and Local Law Enforcement Equipment, Route Fifty


Several resign from Trump’s cyber advisory council, Fifth Domain

Tillerson to slash cyber office, other special envoy, Nextgov

Lawmakers want cyber champion for feds, Fifth Domain

Employees continue to pose biggest cyber risk to agency, Fifth Domain

DARPA wants who’s who of cyberspace, Fifth Domain

Top Navy officer: No indication cyber attack played role in McCain and Fitz disasters, Navy Times

Public Health

In Houston, Most Hospitals ‘Up And Fully Functional’, NPR

The health dangers from Hurricane Harvey’s floods, The Washington Post

The Opioid Epidemic is Finally a National Emergency – Eight Years Too Late, Government Executive

Chemical Hazards in Floods & Disasters – Fuels, Science Corps

Novartis’s $475,000 Cancer Breakthrough Heralds New Era of Cures, Bloomberg

Harvey Shows Why Turning Medicaid Into a Block Grant Carries Huge Risks, Route Fifty

Education At Home & Abroad

How Schoolchildren Will Cope With Hurricane Harvey, The Atlantic

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

North Korean prison camps exposed by State Dept, CBS

How the Amazon-Whole Foods merger shrinks food deserts, Brookings

Navy Prepping USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill for Post Hurricane Harvey Humanitarian Mission, USNI News

Somali government: 10 civilians were killed in joint Somali – U.S. raid, Reuters

Mercy Corps: Escalating Violence Cripples Humanitarian Operations in Central African Republic, Benzinga

Government & Military Personnel

Trump Authorizes 1.9% Pay Raise for Feds, Says Greater Increase ‘Not Warranted’, Government Executive

Feds warn against Hurricane Harvey charity scams, Nextgov

8,500 Federal Employees Are Aiding the Harvey Response—Here’s What They’re Doing, Government Executive

Transgender members in U.S. military may serve until study completed: Mattis, Reuters

CBO Outlines Potential Changes to Federal Retirement Benefits, Government Executive

Holding a security clearance: A privilege as well as a responsibility, Federal Times

A Dangerous Moment for Career Senior Executives, Government Executive

Shutdown – There you go again,

Timeline: These Deadlines Could Affect Your Pay, Job Security, Government Executive

Is OPM’s Employee Survey a Valuable Tool?, Government Executive

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