Marc Ambinder

Ambinder, Marc. "Defense Department Broadens Congressional Oversight of Secret Programs." The Atlantic, 6 Jul. 2010. []

In a directive issued 1 July 2010, the Department of Defense set out "a formal procedure for the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, to be granted access to special access programs, or SAPs.... According to the Pentagon instruction, GAO personnel 'shall be granted SAP access if' the director of the DoD oversight committee on SAPs agrees, after receiving a request from the chair and ranking member of either the defense or intelligence committees, and if the GAO employee who would review the SAP has the appropriate security clearance level."

See also, Steven Aftergood, "DoD Directive Allows for GAO Access to Intel Programs," Secrecy News, 6 Jul. 2010. []


Ambinder, Marc. "Obama Gives Commanders Wide Berth for Secret Warfare." The Atlantic, 25 May 2010. []

"Last summer, the White House authorized a massive expansion of clandestine military and intelligence operations worldwide, sanctioning activities in more than a dozen countries and giving the military's combatant commanders significant new authority to conduct unconventional warfare.The New York Times reported on one major operational plan, which authorizes intelligence gathering and reconnaissance activities in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and Central Asia. A Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order, was signed on September 30, 2009, by CENTCOM commander in chief David Petraeus."


Ambinder, Marc. "The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden." National Journal, 2 May 2011. []

The Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden on 1 May 2011 belong to "SEAL Team Six, officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but known even to the locals at their home base Dam Neck in Virginia as just DevGru." DevGru is part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The "operation provides strong evidence that the CIA and JSOC work well together." JSOC's "size has tripled since 9/11. The command now includes more than 4,000 soldiers and civilians. It has its own intelligence division,... and has gobbled up a number of free-floating Defense Department entities that allowed it to rapidly acquire, test, and field new technologies."

[MI/Navy/10s & SpecOps/10s/11; Terrorism/10s/11]

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