This meeting was scheduled in response to a number of recent developments:
- The Pentagon announced that it might be forced to classify the number of troops infected with the coronavirus. These numbers are spiking upward.
- Earlier in February, General John “Jay” Raymond, head of the U.S. Space Force, revealed that Russia had launched a spacecraft that was shadowing an important U.S. military satellite. When asked, he could not identify the U.S. satellite. That information was classified. Nonetheless, Time Magazine broadcasted this to be the KH 11 spy satellite.
- Meanwhile, the State Department’s ability to publish its Foreign Relations of the United States volumes of key national security documents continues to be egregiously delayed by the Defense Department.
The meeting featured brief presentations that delved deeper into these and other developments to examine how current security classification policies are impacting America’s national security regarding:
- Historical analyses needed to improve strategic planning
- Speedy acquisition, allied information sharing, clearance of high-tech personnel in the following fields
- Information technology and cybersecurity
- Biotechnology, health sciences, and public health