30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action


Jan 21, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., January 21, 2020 - Today the National Security Archive is releasing 6 USCYBERCOM documents obtained through FOIA which shed new light on the campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace. These documents, ranging from a discussion of assessment frameworks to the 120-day assessment of Operation GLOWING SYMPHONY, reveal the unprecedented complexity of the operation, resulting challenges in coordination and deconfliction, and assessments of effectiveness.  

Dec 16, 2019 | News
Washington, D.C., December 16, 2019 – A US Navy office involved with drone warfare raised a series of concerns in 2017 about Defense Department use of drones sold commercially by the Chinese firm Dajiang Innovation (DJI), according to a document released to the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act.

Dec 13, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., December 13, 2019 – After several massive multi-agency federal law enforcement investigations, the shutdown of the “Silk Road” online black-market site and its immediate successors took place in 2013 and 2014. These investigations involved the arrest and prosecution of Ross Ulbricht, a.k.a. “Dread Pirate Roberts”, on a number of charges relating to money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and hacking.

Dec 6, 2019 | News
Washington, D.C., December 6, 2019 – The GridEx Exercises are a series of biennial grid security exercises designed to evaluate the response of the electricity sector to a cyber incident, strengthen utilities’ crisis response functions, and inform security improvements. They are designed and planned by a group of industry stakeholders from the U.S. and Canada including service providers, the FBI, and the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security, to promote coordination amongst the stakeholders while highlighting cybersecurity threats facing the electricity sector.

Nov 26, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., November 26, 2019 – In September 2018 the National Security Archive filed a FOIA request with the United States Cyber Command for a 2016 briefing on operational strategy given to the Defense Science Board by Dr. Richard J. Harknett, a professor at the University of Cincinnati who was then an adviser to the command’s Combined Action Group.  The briefing was given to the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Cyber as a Strategic Capability.  Provided below are Dr Harknett’s thoughts on the slide deck, generously provided by Dr.

Nov 21, 2019 | News
Washington D.C., November 21, 2019 – Hours before a shutdown deadline, President Trump today signed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open until the end of December 2019. The last-minute nature of the process recalled an earlier experience that had raised significant concerns about, among other things, cybersecurity preparedness.

Nov 15, 2019 | News
Over the past few years surveillance using IMSI-catchers has become a significant issue for law enforcement and counter-intelligence. The International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) serves as the identity that a mobile carrier uses to identify a subscriber, essentially acting as a virtual thumbprint linking an individual to their mobile telephone.

Oct 31, 2019 | News
A May 2019 report by Blake Sobczak at E&E news revealed that a Western power utility company was hit with a denial of service attack on March 5 2019. The report stated that the attack did not result in power disruptions, but few other details were available. From that report the National Security Archive and Sobczak independently filed FOIA requests for OE-417 (Electric Emergency Incident and Disturbance Report) documents related to the event.

Oct 8, 2019 | News
From 1972-1995 the United States Congress maintained the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to provide analysis to lawmakers on issues related to technology. By the time the office was de-funded in 1995 it had produced a sizeable collection of reports (archived in full by the Federation of American Scientists) on wide-ranging topics. The National Security Archive Cyber Vault has combed the collection for reports connected to cyber security. These reports are listed below and have been added to the Cyber Vault collection.  

Sep 5, 2019 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., September 5, 2019 - Recently declassified materials from U.S. Cyber Command provide new details about an important component of cyber operations – the targeting process – as well as clues to considerations regarding the potential linkage between cyber and traditional military force in U.S. planning.