News You Can Use: 10/26/16

National Security

Countering violent extremism in America: Policy recommendations for the next president, Brookings

Why it’s taking so long for the U.S. and its allies to finish off the Islamic State in Libya, The Washington Post

FACT SHEET: Building a Lasting Effort to End Modern Slavery, White House

Ex-NSA contractor accused of massive theft is a ‘collector,’ not a ‘traitor,’ lawyers say, The Washington Post

Someone Weaponized the Internet of Things, Defense One

Plans to send heavier weapons to CIA-backed rebels in Syria stall amid White House skepticism, The Washington Post

The pivotal role of the next U.S. administration in delivering global climate action, Brookings

State Department: Philippines won’t separate from US, Washington Examiner

Electronic threats from above, C4ISR Net

Congressman raises concern over potential use of Russian satellites for troops’ Internet service, The Washington Post


DHS Secretary: DDOS Attack “Mitigated”, Nextgov

Inside the Cyberattack that Shocked the US Government, Wired

DoD Wants You To Hack The Pentagon Again And Again, Nextgov

In cyber, knowledge is a powerful weapon, C4ISR Net

Cybercom Reaches Initial Operating Capability, Nextgov

DoD entrenches bug bounty program, C4ISR Net

For the Navy, its all about cyber resiliency, not cyber protection, C4ISR Net

Public Health

Inspector General report finds widespread hazards at military housing, Starts and Stripes

Federal Long-Term Care Premium Spike Isn’t Scaring People Away, Government Executive

As Rural America Ages, Volunteers Give a Hand, Route Fifty

IG Faults EPA for Not Intervening Seven Months Sooner in Flint Water Crisis, Government Executive

Years later, Army follows up with soldiers from suicide risk survey, Army Times

TOXIC LEGACY: Air Force studies dating back decades show danger of foam that contaminated Colorado Springs-area water, The Gazette

Air Force accountability demanded in Colorado Springs area water contamination, The Gazette

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

Washington Week on Human Rights: October 24, 2016, Human Rights First

U.S. military’s relief mission to Haiti: A grueling labor of love, Navy Times

Communities At Risk: Protecting Civilians in the Fight Against the Islamic State, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A Tough Homelessness Challenge: ‘Compassion Fatigue’ in Municipal Workforces, Route Fifty

In Aleppo, Echoes of Guernica and Global Disorder, Defense One

Yemen war resumes as both sides ignore UN call to extend ceasefire, The Guardian

Brazil’s Merchants of Death, The New York Times

Syria war: United Nations aborts plan to evacuate patients from Aleppo, blames all parties, ABC News

Government & Military Personnel

Judge Temporarily Blocks Rule Aimed at Fair Treatment of Federal Contract Workers, Government Executive

Why does our military support deplorable Crusader unit names, imagery?, Air Force Times

How do your MWR programs rate? Watch your inbox for the DoD survey, Military Times

Trump Pledges Governmentwide Hiring Freeze, Government Executive

Could this be the year all the military votes get counted?, Washington Examiner

Pentagon asks California soldiers to repay bonuses: report, The Hill

Congress knew for at least two years about Pentagon efforts to take back bonuses from veterans, Los Angeles Times

Pentagon seeks to waive troops’ debt in California Guard bonus scandal, Military Times


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