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Full Text Transcript and Video of President Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference

I am a firm believer in accessing the original (primary) source at all times; here is both a full-length video and an unedited transcript of this event. Reactions to President Trump’s statements can also be read/viewed.

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Was There Russian Interference in U.S. Elections?

The intelligence community was tasked with this investigation, and in January 2017, a declassified version of its report – Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections– was made public.  The classified version of this ICA (Intelligence Community Assessment) was given to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for review; its report was recently published. Some of the conclusions reached:

“Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations1.

  • The Committee found that this judgment was supported by the evidence presented in the ICA. Since its publication, further details have come to light that bolster the assessment.
  • The ICA pointed to initial evidence of Russian activities against multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards. Since the ICA was published, the Committee has learned more about Russian attempts to infiltrate state election infrastructure, as outlined in the findings and recommendations the Committee issued in March 2018.”(4)

 

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National Security Reports – June 2018

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New Security Reports From the National Academies Press

Among the many diverse subjects the NAP publishes on, one deals with Conflict and Security Issues; currently over 550 volumes are available for free downloading/perusal. The latest volumes reflect the ongoing commitment of the NAP to issue pertinent reports; these reports have been produced within the past month alone: Changing Sociocultural Dynamics and Implications for National Security: Proceedings of a WorkshopEmerging Trends and Methods in International Security: Proceedings of a Workshop; and Leveraging Advances in Social Network Thinking for National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop. To keep yourself current on what the NAP disseminates, you can subscribe to the Conflict and Security Issues RSS feed.

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National Security Reports – May 2018 Update

Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File (National Security Archive); Rare Earth Elements – Recent Developments; The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for CongressNavy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress , Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, Russian Compliance with the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”,(all CRS); Artificial Intelligence and National Security; Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines (Combating Terrorism Center); 2017 Internet Crime Report (FBI); Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences (Chatham House); Data Breach Trends – Year End 2017 (Risk Based Security); 2018 Special Operations Command Fact Book  (SOC); Privacy & Data Security Update: 2017 (Federal Trade Commission); Pre-Radicalization Criminal Activity of United States Extremists (START); Global Risks Report 2018 (World Economic Forum); Improving Security of United Nations Peacekeepers: We Need to Change the Way We are Doing Business (UN Secretary-General); and Global Food Security: A Primer (JSTOR).

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What Does the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Do?

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CRS Reports on the “Iran Deal”

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