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from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2012, Issue No. 44
May 9, 2012
Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
** PENTAGON MOVES TO COMBAT THE "INSIDER THREAT"
** WHAT IS NATIONAL SECURITY "PARTNERSHIP"? AND MORE FROM CRS
PENTAGON MOVES TO COMBAT THE "INSIDER THREAT"
The Department of Defense has issued a new Instruction defining its
response to the "insider threat" from Department personnel who engage in
unauthorized disclosures of information or other activities deemed harmful
to national security.
The new Instruction assigns responsibilities and authorities for
systematically detecting "anomalous" employee behavior that may be an
indication of an insider threat.
An insider threat is defined as "A person with authorized access, who uses
that access, wittingly or unwittingly, to harm national security interests
or national security through unauthorized disclosure, data modification,
espionage, terrorism, or kinetic actions resulting in loss or degradation
of resources or capabilities."
A subset of the insider threat is the counterintelligence (CI) insider
threat, which refers to an authorized individual who uses his access on
behalf of a "foreign intelligence entity."
A foreign intelligence entity (FIE) is "Any known or suspected foreign
organization, person, or group (public, private, or governmental) that
conducts intelligence activities to acquire U.S. information, blocks or
impairs U.S. intelligence collection, influences U.S. policy, or disrupts
U.S. systems and programs."
All heads of DoD components are now instructed to "implement CI insider
threat initiatives to identify DoD-affiliated personnel suspected of or
actually compromising DoD information on behalf of an FIE."
All military departments are expected to "conduct anomaly-based detection
See "Countering Espionage, International Terrorism, and the
Counterintelligence (CI) Insider Threat," DoD Instruction 5240.26, May 4,
The new Instruction complies with a congressional mandate in the FY2012
defense authorization act that was passed last year in response to the
WHAT IS NATIONAL SECURITY "PARTNERSHIP"? AND MORE FROM CRS
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that
Congress has not made publicly available include the following.
In Brief: Clarifying the Concept of "Partnership" in National Security,
May 4, 2012:
U.S. Nuclear Cooperation With India: Issues for Congress, May 7, 2012:
Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress, May 4, 2012:
U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage, May 3, 2012:
Interest Rates on Subsidized Stafford Loans to Undergraduate Students, May
Racial Profiling: Legal and Constitutional Issues, April 16, 2012:
Trade Primer: Qs and As on Trade Concepts, Performance, and Policy, April
Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court
Rulings, April 6, 2012:
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