News You Can Use: 09/28/18

National Security

DoD faces scrutiny on mission creep in Syria to ‘counter Iran’, Military Times

Bolton Puts Mattis in a Tight Spot on Syria, Foreign Policy

DHS Aims to Replace Slow, Outdated Bioterror-Detection System, Defense One

What Disasters Like Hurricane Florence Teach Policymakers, Government Executive

Why is Trump accusing China of election interference?, Brookings

Pompeo warns China, Russia to stop violating North Korea sanctions, Washington Examiner

Small question, big consequences: Is North Korea a nuclear power?, The Associated Press

Homeland Security Wrestles with Defending a Disappearing Network Perimeter, Nextgov

No shutdown: House finalizes FY19 military budget, and Trump drops his opposition, Military Times

NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison, ARS Technica

‘Your Mission Is to Keep All This From Collapsing Into Nuclear Hellfire’, Foreign Policy


The US cyberspace commission is taking shape … slowly, Fifth Domain

Hackers Report Cites ‘Staggering’ Vulnerabilities in U.S. Voting Systems, Nextgov

In Cyberspace, Governments Don’t Know How to Count, Defense One

Can industry bridge the government cyber skills gap?, Fifth Domain

Senate Homeland Forwards Bill Making It Easier to Ban Personal Email at Agencies, Nextgov

Mattis predicts DoD will one day offer cyber protection to private sector, Fifth Domain

Public Health

You Can’t Treat Tuberculosis With Platitudes, Foreign Policy

WHO extremely concerned about Ebola “perfect storm” in Congo, Reuters

VA: Suicide rate for younger veterans increased by more than 10 percent, Military Times

Hemp, on the Brink of Being Legal, Still Faces Challenges, Pew Charitable Trust

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

How to Fix the U.N.—and Why We Should, Foreign Policy

Philippines’ Duterte Confesses to ‘Drug War’ Slaughter, Human Rights Watch

America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen, Foreign Policy

Latam nations, Canada ask ICC to probe Venezuela government, Reuters

‘Where There Has Been Wrongdoing There Will Be Accountability’, Foreign Policy

Costa Rica Launches Initiative on Environment and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Government & Military Personnel

Company agrees to pay $750K to settle allegations of illegal foreclosures on service members, Military Times

America’s Elite Needs to Get Back in Uniform, Foreign Policy

The Skills Shortage and Federal Compensation, Government Executive

OPM Announces Lowest Federal Employee Health Care Premium Increase in Two Decades, Government Executive

Here are the new rates for military retiree dental coverage under new FEDVIP benefit, Military Times

3 Things To Do This Open Season, Government Executive

TSA Abused Reassignments to Target Whistleblowers, House Panel Finds, Government Executive

House Panel Advances Bill Ensuring Overtime Pay for Secret Service Through 2020, Government Executive

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