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Lawfare Analysis of the PRG Report: A Summary

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM

On December 18, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology released its much anticipated report, Liberty and Security in a Changing World. Tomorrow, President Obama will give a major speech on intelligence reform, announcing which recommendations he means to accept and what he plans both to do himself and to ask of Congress. . . .
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Joel Brenner: “Mr. Wemmick’s Condition; Or, Privacy as a Disposition, Complete with Skeptical Observations Regarding Various Regulatory Enthusiasms” (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

The War on Law Reviews continues on many fronts: land, sea, air, and particularly in the cyber domain, where today I am pleased to offer the next paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: Joel Brenner’s “Mr. Wemmick’s Condition; Or, Privacy as a Disposition, Complete with Skeptical Observations Regarding Various Regulatory Enthusiasms.” Brenner is already well known to . . .
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Two FISA Data Questions for Joel Brenner

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Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Although Joel’s post from last night cites the wrong letter from Judge Walton to Senators Leahy and Grassley, this week’s letter, which definitely does not bury the lede, does provide significant data on the interactions between the FISA Court and the government. Specifically, Judge Walton explains that, over the three months ending on September 1, “we have observed . . .
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Joel Brenner on Chinese Cyber Espionage

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Joel Brenner, the former National Counterintelligence Executive at ODNI has an interesting piece in Foreign Policy, entitled “Gray Matter.” [Free login required]. Here’s an excerpt: We’re in a strategic trap that’s partly economic and partly in our heads. We tend to think strategic relationships are governed by an on/off toggle switch between peace and war. . . .
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The Shadow War Is Not Very Shadowy

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Craig Whitlock has a very interesting piece in the Washington Post today, the main thrust of which is to describe the military’s efforts to establish aerial surveillance capacity across wide swaths of Africa, in support of both counterterrorism and foreign internal defense (FID) missions.  The article is significant on several levels. First, it speaks to the . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #3: Joel Brenner on America the Vulnerable

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Monday, February 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Joel Brenner, who served as inspector general of the National Security Agency and as the national counterintelligence executive in the DNI’s office, joined Jack the other day to discuss his new book, America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare. I reviewed the book here.

America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Joel Brenner’s America the Vulnerable offers the best general-interest treatment I have yet read of this country’s cyber-vulnerabilities. It is elegantly argued, teeming with facts and illuminating anecdotes, sophisticated about technology, and all written with an insider’s understanding of the intelligence community. Brenner’s thesis, that the United States has made itself enormously vulnerable with its . . .
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Computer Virus Infects U.S. Drone Fleet

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Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Noah Shachtman reports at Danger Room that a “computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.”  The story does not indicate how or by whom the virus was introduced, or how serious it is.  But the story . . .
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