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Jan 10, 2014

U.S. weighs targeted sanctions against South Sudan -sources

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is weighing targeted sanctions against South Sudan due to the failure of leaders in the world’s youngest nation to take steps to end a crisis that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, sources briefed on U.S. discussions told Reuters.

“It’s a tool that has been discussed,” a source told Reuters on condition of anonymity about the possibility of U.S. sanctions against those blocking peace efforts or fueling violence in South Sudan. Another source confirmed the remarks, though both declined to provide details on the precise measures under consideration.

Dec 20, 2013

With cash, Ukraine’s political foes bring fight to Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rival political factions facing each other on the streets of Ukraine have also enlisted heavyweight lobbyists in Washington, some with connections at the highest levels of U.S. government, to promote their causes to American policymakers, media and members of Congress.

Among the high-profile lobbyists registered to represent organizations backing Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s government are prominent Democratic lobbyist Anthony Podesta and former Republican congressional leaders Vin Weber and Billy Tauzin.

Dec 18, 2013

White House review panel proposes curbs on some NSA programs

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – A White House-appointed panel
on Wednesday proposed curbs on some key National Security Agency
surveillance operations, recommending limits on a program to
collect records of billions of telephone calls and new tests
before Washington spies on foreign leaders.

Among the panel’s proposals, made in the wake of revelations
by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the most contentious
may be its recommendation that the eavesdropping agency halt
collection of the phone call records, known as “metadata.”

Dec 13, 2013

After ‘cataclysmic’ Snowden affair, NSA faces winds of change

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has made dozens of changes in its operations and computer networks to prevent the emergence of another Edward Snowden, including potential disciplinary action, a top NSA official said on Friday, as a White House review panel recommended restraints on NSA spying.

Former NSA contractor Snowden’s disclosures have been “cataclysmic” for the eavesdropping agency, Richard Ledgett, who leads a task force responding to the leaks, said in a rare interview at NSA’s heavily guarded Fort Meade headquarters.

Dec 13, 2013

Exclusive – After ‘cataclysmic’ Snowden affair, NSA faces winds of change

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has made dozens of changes in its operations and computer networks to prevent the emergence of another Edward Snowden, including potential disciplinary action, a top NSA official said on Friday, as a White House review panel recommended restraints on NSA spying.

Former NSA contractor Snowden’s disclosures have been “cataclysmic” for the eavesdropping agency, Richard Ledgett, who leads a task force responding to the leaks, said in a rare interview at NSA’s heavily guarded Fort Meade headquarters.

Dec 13, 2013

White House says plans no split of NSA, Cyber Command

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday said it will keep one person in charge of both the
National Security Agency spy agency and the military’s Cyber
Command, despite growing calls for splitting the roles in the
wake of revelations about the vast U.S. electronic surveillance
operations.

The White House had considered splitting up the two
agencies, possibly giving the NSA a civilian leader for the
first time in its 61-year history to dampen controversy over its
programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Dec 10, 2013

Despite warnings, Pentagon kept ties to controversial helicopter firms

Washington (Reuters) – After almost four years of allegations that two related helicopter companies in Lithuania and Russia were doing substandard work and should be banned from new contracts, the Pentagon continued to give them business, according to interviews and documents seen by Reuters.

As recently as last month, an Army planning document shows, the service was weighing contracting helicopter overhauls from the firms, which have been the subject of multiple internal warnings and two Defense Department Inspector General reports.

Dec 10, 2013

Exclusive: Despite warnings, Pentagon kept ties to controversial helicopter firms

Washington (Reuters) – After almost four years of allegations that two related helicopter companies in Lithuania and Russia were doing substandard work and should be banned from new contracts, the Pentagon continued to give them business, according to interviews and documents seen by Reuters.

As recently as last month, an Army planning document shows, the service was weighing contracting helicopter overhauls from the firms, which have been the subject of multiple internal warnings and two Defense Department Inspector General reports.

Nov 27, 2013

U.S. nears decision to split leadership of NSA, Cyber Command: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is nearing a decision on splitting up the eavesdropping National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, which conducts cyber warfare, a proposed reform prompted in part by revelations of NSA’s widespread snooping, individuals briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

As part of the emerging plan, the NSA likely would get a civilian director for the first time in its 61-year history, the individuals said.

Nov 13, 2013

Pentagon cancels plans to buy Russian helicopters

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – The Pentagon no longer will
buy Russian helicopters for the Afghan Air Force from
Rosoboronexport, a state-owned arms exporter that also sells
weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
U.S. defense officials and a leading Senate opponent of such
deals said on Wednesday.

The switch in Pentagon policy appears to end, at least for
now, its plans to buy an additional 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters
for $345 million, sources familiar with the matter said.