30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action


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.

Aug 5, 2019 | News
The Olympic Games are being held in Tokyo, Japan, during the summer of 2020. In light of widespread concerns about a potential cyber threat from Russia, the Cyber Vault is posting a variety of primary-source documents and other materials that offer additional context to the issues.

Jun 29, 2019 | Briefing Book
After a series of events starting in the late 1980s gradually awakened the US Department of Defense to the seriousness of threats to computer networks, the US military assembled the first joint task force explicitly formed around the concept of cyber warfare

Jun 29, 2019 | News
In 2013, cybersecurity experts Jason Healey and Karl Grindal released A Fierce Domain, an edited volume covering major "wake-up calls" in cyber from 1986-2012. Thanks to a generous donation by Healey and Grindal, today the National Security Archive Cyber Vault is making available a collection of documents combining research from the "Realization" section of A Fierce Domain with previously released documents from the Eligible Receiver 97 exercise.

May 15, 2019 | News
The U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee convened last April for the first time since August 2017. The two governments agreed that a cyber attack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack for the purposes of Article V of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty. A decision as to when a cyber attack would constitute an armed attack would be made on a case-by-case basis.

May 3, 2019 | News
Our present understanding of how USCYBERCOM conducts operations in cyberspace comes either through anecdotal examples such as JTF-ARES/OPERATION GLOWING SYMPHONY or through broad doctrine as communicated in publications like JP 3-12 Cyberspace Operations. Little has been revealed about processes linking broad doctrine and strategy to tactical operations. Today the National Security Archive publishes a collection of documents obtained via FOIA declassification regarding the process of building the Cyber Mission Force and Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber under USCYBERCOM.