News You Can Use: 12/30/16

National Security

Trump picks former Bush aide for counterterror adviser, The Hill

With final detainee transfer, Obama’s Guantanamo policy takes its last breath, The Washington Post

Right-sizing the Trump defense buildup, Brookings

If Trump Can Figure Out How to Pay for $1 Trillion of New Nukes, God Bless Him, Foreign Policy

New in 2017: Big decisions for the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, Military Times

Trump’s Homeland Security Pick Falsely Claimed “Narcoterrorism” Has Killed 500,000 Americans, The Intercept

Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference, The Washington Post

John Kerry, in a Final, Pointed Plea, Will Outline a Vision of Mideast Peace, The New York Times

McCain: NATO key to stopping ‘Russian misbehavior’, The Hill

The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017, Foreign Policy

Pressure is on for Trump to make diplomats safer, Military Times

Russia calls U.S. move to better arm Syrian rebels a ‘hostile act’, Reuters

Kim Jong-un seeks to complete nuke development by 2017: N.K. diplomat, Yonhap News

Sanctions against Russia over election hacking forthcoming: report, The Hill


International campaign targets young adults suspected of possessing cyberattack tools, Federal Times

What is ISR in non-physical domains?, C4ISR Net

U.S. accuses Chinese citizens of hacking law firms, insider trading, Reuters

Group That Monitors Ukraine Conflict Suffers Cyber-Attack, ABC News

Agencies embrace bug bounty programs, Government Matters

Trump’s counterterror pick signals potential boon for cyber contractors, Federal Times

New in 2017: Marines likely to expand cyber warfare units, Marine Corps Times

Public Health

A Zika Vaccine, but for Whom?, The New York Times

Trump considering plans for privatizing VA medical options, Military Times

Editorial: Kansas should increase public health spending, The Topeka Capital-Journal

About 16,000 turkeys culled after bird flu found on German farm, Reuters

Condemned to Life in Zikaland, Foreign Policy

How Dangerous Is Zika For Babies, Really?, NPR

Human Right & Humanitarian Efforts

After a Grim 2016, Some Good News for Children, Human Rights Watch

Global Powers’ Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning, NPR

Donald Trump’s human rights agenda, The Washington Times

UN resolution could sanction Syrians for chemical attacks, Fox News

Vietnam Extends Detention for Human Rights Attorney, Radio Free Asia

The Latest: UN Syria envoy welcomes cease-fire announcement, The Washington Post

Government & Military Personnel

Obama Makes Next Year’s 2.1 Percent Pay Raise Official, Government Executive

The declining productivity of education, Brookings

New in 2017: Expect rigorous debate over military pay and benefits, Military Times

The Pentagon’s inconvenient truth, Washington Examiner

Report: For-profit schools skirting federal law with GI Bill revenue, Stars and Stripes

Veterans Affairs seeks to acquire gamified training products, Federal Times

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