News You Can Use: 11/17/17

National Security  

Post-9/11 U.S. War Costs Will Soon Top $5.6 Trillion, Government Executive

Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused, The Associated Press

Senate panel approves Trump choice to lead Homeland Security, Federal Times

Watchdog Warns Uncorrected Mistakes Risk Billions During Disaster Recovery, Government Executive

Sessions: surveillance reform could be ‘exceedingly damaging’ to national security, Nextgov

Asked to stay, top US counterterrorism chief steps down, The Associated Press

Homeland Security Brings Explosive Detection Training to D.C.-Area Police Dogs, Government Executive

Drones Take Off in a Public Safety Role, Route Fifty

Homeland Security’s top buyer: still all-in in agile, Nextgov

We’re Losing Our Chance to Regulate Killer Robots, Defense One

DARPA aims to ‘disrupt’ national security space business, Space News

US Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster, Defense One


Bill establishing State Department cyber ambassador passes committee, Fifth Domain

Is the US military prepared for cyberattacks on satellites?, Fifth Domain

Britain cyber chief says Russian hackers are targeting critical infrastructure, The Associated Press

White House calls for greater transparency in cyber Vulnerability Equities Process, Fifth Domain

Repurposing of cybertools emerging threat vector, Fifth Domain

Pentagon CISO Essye Miller’s top cyber priorities, challenges and more, FedScoop

4 priorities for DoD’s cyber defense arm, Fifth Domain

Public Health

Health Policy Consultant On How The Senate GOP Tax Bill Could Affect Insurance Costs, NPR

Pros and cons of the new digital pills that connect to your smartphone, Nextgov

Rare strain of gonorrhea identified in Canada, compounding fears of drug resistance, Stat

What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?, NPR

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA advisory about deadly risks associated with kratom, FDA

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

Redesigning the US State Department and USAID assistance programs, Brookings

Tobacco Companies Commit to Protect Child Workers Worldwide, Human Rights Watch

How Do You Help Refugees Who Are Too Traumatized To Talk?, NPR

Pentagon official: US to cut contributions to UN peacekeeping missions, The Hill

Burma: Widespread Rape of Rohingya Women, Girls, Human Rights Watch

Government & Military Personnel

‘No changes to standards’: Army leaders take control of waiver controversy, Army Times

Four New Academic Agreements Offer Federal Employees Reduced Tuition Rates and Scholarships to Pursue Post-Secondary Education, Chief Human Capital Officers Council

Army chief on gender reassignment surgery: We took an oath to defend Constitution, The Hill

The Senate Tax Proposal Could End Feds’ Catch-Up TSP Contributions, Government Executive

Many military women don’t feel valued. Here’s a first step for fixing that., The Washington Post

Appointee Watch: The 300-Day Mark, Government Executive

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