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New Leadership Takes Helm of Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps

English: Seal of the Judge Advocate General of...

English: Seal of the Judge Advocate General of the Department of the Navy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From JAG Corps Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps held a change of office ceremony July 20, aboard the Washington Navy Yard.

Vice Adm. James W. Houck retired and was relieved by Vice Adm. Nanette M. DeRenzi who became the 42nd Judge Advocate General of the Navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert presided over the traditional change of office ceremony and lauded Houck for his service and exceptional leadership.

“Jim [Houck] focused the JAG Corps on warfighting like I have never seen in my naval career,” said Greenert. “He put together a corps that is able to support our Navy family. It is really unprecedented and is still going on today.”

During Houck’s tenure as the JAG, the Corps provided counsel on a number of important issues including the transition from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prosecution by Military Commissions, protection of navigational rights and freedoms, combating sexual assault, and support to wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Marines.

“[I’ve] had a great American experience,” said Houck. “In a nation of laws, I was allowed to become a lawyer and tried to do a little good in a legal system that is still the foundation of this great democracy. I was allowed to sail and serve in one of history’s greatest navies in defense of those freedoms. And best of all, in a nation of the people, I was allowed to serve with the finest people — military and civilian, officer and enlisted.”

DeRenzi, who previously served as the Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command, will serve as the Navy JAG for three years.

“Today is a day for the men and women of the JAG Corps to recommit ourselves to service, to each other, and to those we serve.” said DeRenzi. “Some may look back and long for the time when resources were abundant and challenges were traditional and predictable. Not me. This is our time, and we will embrace the challenges that come with it.”

Rear Adm. James W. Crawford III was promoted prior to the ceremony to the rank of Rear Admiral (Upper Half) and will serve as the Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command. He previously served as commander, Rule of Law Field Force-Afghanistan.

“It is a distinct honor to be standing here today,” said Crawford. “I’m mindful of the honor bestowed upon me today and trust given. [Trust] is the belief in two old fashion qualities – consistence and integrity. It is these two words that will guide me as I begin my watch today.”

The Judge Advocate General of the Navy provides legal and policy advice to the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations on all legal matters from military justice to environmental law. The Judge Advocate General also directs a worldwide law firm of more than 2,300 attorneys, paralegals and support staff.

Naval Legal Service Command provides prosecution, defense, personal representation, legal assistance and other command services to shore and afloat commands throughout the world.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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Increasing Sanctions Against Iran

English: Coat of arms of the Islamic Republic ...

English: Coat of arms of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Stylized version of Arabic script of Allah (الله, with the central lam shaped to look like a sword.) Deutsch: Wappen der Islamischen Republik Iran Македонски: Грб на Исламската Република Иран (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE FOLLOWING IS A FACT SHEET RELEASED TODAY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 12, 2012

 


I. Targeting Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities

One set of today’s actions targets Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation activities by designating entities and individuals that are part of the international procurement and nuclear proliferation operations of Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO); Iran’s national maritime carrier, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL); and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – all of which have been previously designated under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, “Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters.” Treasury today is also updating the identifying information for 57 vessels affiliated with IRISL that had been renamed or reflagged since they were originally designated by Treasury, and identifying seven vessels affiliated with IRISL that have not been identified previously. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with individuals or entities designated pursuant to E.O 13382, and any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.

Designations Related to MODAFL and AIO

Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) oversees Iran’s ballistic missile program. It is designated by the United States pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2007, and has brokered a number of transactions involving materials and technologies with ballistic missile applications. Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), a subsidiary of MODAFL, oversees all of Iran’s missile industries and was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13382. Today’s MODAFL- and AIO-related designations under E.O. 13382 include:

  • Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN)

Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN) are being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because they are owned or controlled by Iran Electronics Industries (IEI), which was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2008 for being owned or controlled by MODAFL. IEI offers a diversified range of military products including electro-optics and lasers, communication equipment, telecommunication security equipment, electronic warfare equipment, new and refurbished radar tubes, and missile launchers. IEI manufactures military tactical communication systems and also electronic field telephones and switchboards.

ECI conducts work on military and civilian projects, to include semi-conductors, multilayer single and double sided printed circuit boards, hybrid circuits, quartz crystals and oscillators, high purity oxygen and nitrogen gases, micromodules and electronic ceramics.

ISIRAN is one of the largest and most experienced information technology companies in Iran with expertise in building mainframes, minicomputers and PC hardware, software and maintenance as well as total solution turn-key projects.

To view identifying information for ECI click here.

To view identifying information for ISIRAN click here.

  • Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center

Advanced Information and Communication Technology Center (AICTC) is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it has provided technological or other support for, or services in support of ISIRAN. According to information available from computers abandoned by Hamid Reza Rabiee in the United States, AICTC executes work projects on behalf of ISIRAN. AICTC has five research groups in the fields of Enterprise Software Solutions, Multimedia Systems, Mobile Value-Added Services, Wireless and P2P Networks and Bioinformatics. It also does work on GIS/GPS based tracking systems and more.

To view identifying information for AICTC click here.

  • Hamid Reza Rabiee

Hamid Reza Rabiee, a software engineer, is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of AICTC. According to information available from computers abandoned by Rabiee in the United States, he has coordinated directly with ISIRAN to establish and execute contracts benefitting ISIRAN. Rabiee is the chief architect and founder of AICTC, and is the current director of the organization.

To view identifying information for Rabiee click here.

  • Digital Media Lab (DML) and Value-Added Services Laboratory (VASL)

Digital Media Lab (DML) and Value-Added Services Laboratory (VASL) were designated for being owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of Hamid Reza Rabiee and AICTC. According to publicly available information, Rabiee is the founder and director of DML and VASL.

To view identifying information for DML click here.

To view identifying information for VASL click here.

  • Ministry of Defense Logistics Export (MODLEX)

MODLEX is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it is owned or controlled by, or acts or purports to act, for or on behalf of, MODAFL. As MODAFL’s primary exporting entity since 2009, MODLEX was involved in the trade of exportable military products to countries including Sri Lanka, Sudan, Burma, Bangladesh and Nigeria, all in contravention of UNSCR 1747 (2007). UNSCR 1747 prohibits Iran from selling any arms or related material. MODLEX represents Iran at arms trade fairs worldwide advertising Iranian military products for sale. MODLEX also conducts limited procurement activities on behalf of MODAFL elements such as Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), AIO, and Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG). Both DIO and SBIG are sanctioned under UNSCR 1737 for their links to Iran’s missile program through MODAFL and AIO, respectively.

The Annex to UNSCR 1929 (2010) lists MODLEX as an entity involved in Iran’s nuclear or ballistic missile activities and identified MODLEX as being owned or controlled by MODAFL.

To view identifying information for MODLEX click here.

  • Daniel Frosch and International General Resourcing FZE

Daniel Frosch is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for providing or attempting to provide material support for AIO.

Daniel Frosch for several years has shown a steady pattern of providing support to Iran’s missile program, including Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) and SBIG, by supplying it with sensitive material. He started dealing with Iran’s missile industry while in his home country of Austria, under his now defunct company Daniel Frosch Exports. He moved to the United Arab Emirates(UAE) in 2006, where he continued supporting Iran’s weapons programs. Frosch has supplied Iran’s missile industry with a wide range of goods, including electronics, testing equipment, and raw materials such as graphite with potential applications in Iran’s ballistic missile program. Frosch is the owner of International General Resourcing FZE, located in the UAE.

SHIG was identified in the Annex to E.O. 13382 and is tied to Iran’s ballistic missile research, development, and production activities. SHIG was also listed in the Annex to UNSCR 1737.

To view identifying information for Daniel Frosch click here.

To view identifying information for International General Resourcing FZE click here.

  • Malek Ashtar University

Malek Ashtar University is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 for being owned or controlled by MODAFL. Malek Ashtar University was established in 1986 by Iran’s Ministry of Higher Education and the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, and it is one of the major research institutes and educational centers contained under the MODAFL umbrella.

Malek Ashtar University was identified in the Annex to UNSCR 1929 because it is a subordinate of the Defense Technology and Science Research Center (DTSRC) within MODAFL. The European Union designated Malek Ashtar University on June 24, 2008, because Malek Ashtar University is linked to MODAFL. The University also created a missile training program in 2003 in close collaboration with AIO.

To view identifying information for Malek Ashtar University click here.

Actions Related to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL)

IRISL, Iran’s national maritime carrier, was designated by Treasury pursuant to E.O. 13382 in September 2008 for its provision of logistical services to MODAFL.

  • Good Luck Shipping

Good Luck Shipping (GLS), which is located in the UAE, is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because it acts or purports to act for or on behalf of IRISL. GLS was established to replace Great Ocean Shipping Services, which was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in June 2011.

Great Ocean Shipping Services (Great Ocean), along with Oasis Freight Agency LLC (Oasis) and Pearl Ship Management LLC (Pearl), are being removed from the SDN List because they were liquidated and struck from the Dubai, UAE commercial register. Great Ocean was designated in June 2011 for acting for or on behalf of IRISL affiliate Oasis and/or IRISL. Oasis was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in September 2008 for being owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, IRISL. Pearl was also designated in June 2011 for acting for or on behalf of Oasis and/or IRISL.

To view identifying information for Good Luck Shipping click here.

  • Identification of Renamed, Reflagged Vessels and Additional IRISL Vessels

Today, Treasury updated its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) entries for 57 vessels affiliated with IRISL that, since their original identification, have been renamed and/or reflagged by IRISL and its affiliates. OFAC is also identifying 7 additional vessels as blocked property in which IRISL has an interest. Including today’s additions, Treasury has identified 155 ships as blocked property in which IRISL or designated IRISL affiliates have an interest.

To view a list of identified vessels click here (including updated IRISL ship names) click here.

Designation of IRGC Officer

The IRGC was designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 in 2007 for having engaged, or attempting to engage, in proliferation-related activities. The IRGC continues to be a primary focus of U.S. and international sanctions against Iran because of the central role it plays in Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs and its involvement in serious human rights abuses.

  • Ali Fadavi

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Ali Fadavi is being designated under E.O. 13382 for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC. Fadavi was appointed by the Supreme Leader Khamenei as the new IRGC Navy Commander on May 3, 2010. On September 21, 2010, the Defense Ministry of Iran announced that it had delivered the third generation of the domestically designed and manufactured Fateh-110 high-precision ballistic missiles to the IRGC. Fadavi was present at the ceremony where the missiles were delivered. In November 2010 under Fadavi’s leadership, the IRGCNavy organized and trained around 60,000 Basij students who received instruction in techniques aimed to confront enemies of Iran. Fadavi claimed that around 100,000 students had become members of the Shahid Fahmideh Rahrovan camp of Basij forces in Bandar Abbas after the launch of the education project.

The European Union designated Fadavi on July 26, 2010, pursuant to European Union Council authorities, for his role as an IRGC Navy Commander.

To view identifying information for Ali Fadavi click here.

Designation of Nuclear Procurement Entities

  • Pentane Chemistry Industries

Pentane Chemistry Industries (PCI) is being designated for engaging or attempting to engage in activities that have materially contributed to, or posed a risk of contributing to, the development of Iran’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs.

PCI is an Iranian entity involved in building distillation columns for the production of heavy water for use in Iran’s IR-40 heavy water reactor, under construction in Arak, Iran. Since late 2009 PCI has been in charge of the distillation column project at this reactor. PCI has also attempted to procure phosphor bronze mesh as recently as July 2011. Phosphor bronze mesh can be used in distillation columns for final enrichment of heavy water. PCI began manufacturing phosphor bronze mesh screens for the distillation columns in March 2012. Chemically-treated phosphor bronze, when knitted into mesh screens, will be used as packing in the IR-40 distillation columns.

To view identifying information for PCI click here.

  • Hossein Tanideh

Hossein Tanideh was a procurement agent for Iran’s nuclear program through late 2011. He was the Vice President of Iran’s Pentane Chemistry Industries Board of Directors as well as Managing Director of the Sherkate Sakhtemani Rahtes Sahami Company (also known as the Rahtes Company). Tanideh in 2010 and 2011 attempted to procure items for probable use in distillation columns for Iran’s 40-megawatt heavy water research reactor.

To view identifying information for Hossein Tanideh click here.

  • Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation

The Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC) is in a position to support a range of Iran’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and military procurement objectives. It has been assessed that CITC facilitates procurement and technology transfer from the science community to the military services.

To view identifying information for CITC click here.

II. Preventing the Circumvention of International Sanctions

To prevent the circumvention of international sanctions on Iran, including sanctions on oil trade with Iran, Treasury is publicly exposing numerous entities that are part of the Government of Iran. Treasury is identifying these Government of Iran entities pursuant to E.O. 13599, which blocks all property and interests in property within U.S. jurisdiction of the Government of Iran and of Iranian financial institutions, and prohibits U.S. persons or those within U.S. jurisdiction from having dealings with them. These identifications are being issued to assist U.S. persons in complying with E.O. 13599, but are not required for E.O. 13599 to apply. Every entity that meets the definition of Government of Iran or an Iranian financial institution under E.O. 13599 is blocked, regardless of whether it has been identified and added to the SDN List. Today’s actions include:

  • Exposing front companies involved in Iran’s oil trade

Aiming to undercut Iran’s attempts to obscure Iran’s petroleum trade in the face of increasing international sanctions, Treasury is identifying Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA (Petro Suisse), an entity incorporated in Switzerland; Hong Kong Intertrade Company, a Hong Kong-based entity; Noor Energy (Malaysia) Ltd, an entity incorporated in Malaysia; and Petro Energy Intertrade Company, an entity operating out of Dubai, as blocked pursuant to E.O. 13599 because they are owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran. Each of these entities are front companies for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Naftiran Intertrade Company Ltd. (NICO), or Naftiran Intertrade Co. (NICO) Sarl (NICO Sarl).

Prior to the issuance of E.O. 13599, Iran’s NIOC, NICO, and NICO Sarl, a Swiss subsidiary of NICO, were identified in 2008, by OFAC as entities that are owned or controlled by the Government of Iran within the meaning of the Iranian Transactions Regulations. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with NIOC, NICO, and NICO Sarl, without authorization from OFAC.

To view the identifying information for Petro Suisse click here.

To view the identifying information for Noor Energy click here.

To view the identifying information for Petro Energy click here.

To view the identifying information for Hong Kong Intertrade Company click here.

  • Identification of additional Iranian financial institutions

The 20 Iranian financial institutions identified in today’s action constitute new additions to the SDN List that were blocked pursuant to E.O. 13599 on February 5, 2012. Three of the entities identified today have previously been designated by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under other authorities, and their entries on the SDN List have been updated to reflect their status as Iranian financial institutions.

These identifications, which include the publication of the names and aliases of the Iranian financial institutions, are intended to aid the public in meeting its obligations under E.O. 13599.

To receive a list of these 20 Iranian financial institutions please contact Treasury Public Affairs

  • Identification of NITC Vessels

Treasury is identifying 58 National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) vessels, as well as NITC and 27 of its affiliated entities, as blocked or “frozen” pursuant to E.O. 13599. The NITC entities have been identified as Government of Iran entities, and the NITC vessels have been identified as property of the Government of Iran. These identifications will aid companies and individuals in complying with sanctions against the Government of Iran and undermine Iran’s attempts to use NITC front companies or renamed vessels to evade sanctions.

click here (including updated ship names) click here.

ALS class graduates under new curriculum

Airman Leadership School of the United States ...

Airman Leadership School of the United States Air Force (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Staff Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady
18th Wing Public Affairs

7/12/2012 – KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — When nearly 50 senior airmen and staff sergeants graduated from Erwin Airman Leadership School here July 10, they were among the first Air Force-wide to graduate under a new test case curriculum.

Kadena Air Base’s ALS is one of seven schools in the Air Force and the only school in the Pacific teaching the curriculum.

Just like their predecessors, the student Airmen went through numerous uniform inspections, conducted drill and passed tests, but the new course focuses on teaching students what type of leader they are and the best way they can lead their subordinates.

“The focus is more on the individual,” said Master Sgt. Mark James, the Erwin ALS commandant. “It’s important to understand what type of person you are and what kind of dimension you lead from so you can apply that to your subordinate. If you’re not sure of who you are as a person or the kind of leader you are, then it’s tough to translate that to your subordinates.”

A majority of the curriculum changes revolve around discovering what type of person the students are. In order to do that, students participate in temperament personality activities, take leadership assessments and give rankings to flight members on what type of leader they think they are. Then the students have to sit down for face-to-face feedback sessions and explain the rating they gave to their peers.

“It’s a step up from what we previously had; it challenges the students in a new way,” said Tech. Sgt. Damean Moore, an Erwin ALS instructor. “We’re trying to produce a better quality NCO to take care of our Airmen. With the new curriculum, I think our future NCOs are going to return to their work centers better prepared than previous ALS students.”

Another trial to the new senior airman and staff sergeant students who pass through the halls of the PME Center comes from the new communications block of instruction. Previously, students were required to write bullets on a plain document and then discussed the enlisted performance report and performance feedbacks. Under the new lesson, the students fill out every portion of the official Air Force forms and are graded on the different sections. The students also draft decoration citations and briefings about strategic Air Force initiatives and key Air Force leader messages.

“The communications attribute received a major overhaul,” explained James. “Drafting decorations and being graded on all blocks of the EPR and PFW are welcomed changes. It hopefully instills just how important it is to pay close attention to accuracy on all Air Force forms. The level of briefings that the students are expected to deliver have also been taken to a new level. Overall, it is a much more challenging course, but one in which the students are going to leave better armed to handle what is thrown their way as first-line supervisors. Requirements for today’s senior airmen and staff sergeants were handled by technical sergeants and master sergeants just a few years ago.”

In addition to the communication course changes, the students are asked to work in groups more now than in the past. Previous ALS classes may have worked in groups a few times throughout the entire course, but under the new course, students work in groups a few times a week.

“What I enjoy most are the classroom discussions,” said Senior Airman Todd Noel, an ALS student from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “As we talk more, we all learn different ways on how to resolve different conflicts. That’s the most beneficial to me. That’s how I grow and that’s how I become a better leader — by getting more opinions on how things work.”

The students aren’t the only ones learning from the new curriculum. The change also requires the instructors to take a different role conducting class.

“A challenge to the curriculum has shifted for the instructor, more so in taking a more facilitator role,” Moore explained. “The instructor’s role has lessened in the classroom and put it more on the students to carry on conversations and actually teach and learn from each other. Even though that was the intent of the old curriculum, it’s even more so now.”

To ensure the Air Force’s future leaders are equipped with the right tools to be successful, changes were made to the curriculum.

“The rewrite was necessary,” said James. “It was much-needed and has been received extremely well — especially the ‘What kind of leader am I?’ focus. The focus on the individual and getting their perspective on leadership is a nice change rather than talking about and focusing on all these other great leaders and how they got there. Let’s focus on me, what kind of leader I want to be and what kind of leader I’m capable of being. Once I get that nailed down, then I can focus on these other individuals and how they got to be where they are. Individualized leadership is a key area.”

Today’s fiscally constrained environment also drove the need for some budget and resource stewardship training.

“When you look at lessons like resource stewardship that were never taught at this level, this is something brand new,” Moore said. “Senior airman (promoting) to staff sergeant now learn how to manage resources: money, people and materials. We’re teaching them how to do those things, like when budgets are due and what financial execution plans are.”

Kadena AB’s NCO Academy also implemented a new curriculum earlier this fiscal year. The test case incorporates similar concepts and principles learned in the new ALS course, which also continues through new trial curriculum for the Senior NCO Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Terrorism Designations FAQs

THE FOLLOWING IS  A FACT SHEET PUBLISHED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

 

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2012

 


1. What are the different types of terrorism designations for groups and individuals?
There are two main authorities for terrorism designations of groups and individuals. Groups can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under Executive Order 13224 a wider range of entities, including terrorist groups, individuals acting as part of a terrorist organization, and other entities such as financiers and front companies, can be designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

2. Who can designate FTOs and SDGTs?

The Department of State is authorized to designate FTOs and SDGTs, while the Department of the Treasury designates only SDGTs. Both departments pursue these designations in cooperation with the Department of Justice. All of the Department of State’s designations can be found at: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm. All State FTO and EO designations can also be found at the Treasury OFAC website.

3. What are the criteria for designation?

The Secretary of State designates Foreign Terrorist Organizations in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The legal criteria for designating a group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization are:

  • The organization must be a foreign organization;
  • The organization engages in terrorist activity or terrorism, or retains the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism; and
  • The terrorist activity or terrorism of the organization threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.

Under Executive Order 13224, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, may designate foreign individuals or entities that he determines have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the U.S.; or, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, may designate individuals or entities that are determined:

  • To be owned or controlled by, or act for or on behalf of an individual or entity listed in the Annex to the Order or by or for persons determined to be subject to the Order;
  • To assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, acts of terrorism or individuals or entities designated in or under the Order; or
  • To be otherwise associated with certain individuals or entities designated in or under the Order.

4. What makes you decide to designate or not designate a group or entity?

Within the Department of State, the Bureau of Counterterrorism identifies and evaluates possible individuals or organizations for designation. Other Departments also recommend designation targets.

5. How long does the process take?

For Foreign Terrorist Organizations, once an organization is identified, we prepare a detailed “administrative record,” which is a compilation of information, typically including both classified and open source information, demonstrating that the statutory criteria for designation have been satisfied.

  • If the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, decides to make the designation, Congress is notified of the Secretary’s intent to designate the organization seven days before the designation is published in the Federal Register, as section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires.
  • Upon the expiration of the seven-day waiting period and in the absence of Congressional action to block the designation, notice of the designation is published in the Federal Register, at which point the designation takes effect.

For Specially Designated Global Terrorists, As with FTO designations, an “administrative record” is prepared for E.O. 13224 designations. Once it is completed and the Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury designates an individual or entity, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury takes appropriate action to block the assets of the individual or entity in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, including notification of the blocking order to U.S. financial institutions, directing them to block the assets of the designated individual or entity.

  • Notice of the designation is also published in the Federal Register. OFAC also adds the individual or entity to its list of Specially Designated Nationals, by identifying such individuals or entities as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), and posts a notice of this addition on the OFAC website.
  • Designations remain in effect until the designation is revoked or the Executive Order lapses or is terminated in accordance with U.S. law.

6. What are the consequences of a designation?

Executive Order:

  • With limited exceptions set forth in the Order, or as authorized by OFAC, all property and interests in property of designated individuals or entities that are in the United States or that come within the United States, or that come within the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked.
  • With limited exceptions set forth in the Order, or as authorized by OFAC, any transaction or dealing by U.S. persons or within the United States in property or interests in property blocked pursuant to the Order is prohibited, including but not limited to the making or receiving of any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of individuals or entities designated under the Order.
  • Any transaction by any U.S. person or within the United States that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate, any of the prohibitions in the Order is prohibited. Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions is also prohibited.
  • Civil and criminal penalties may be assessed for violations.

Foreign Terrorist Organization:

  • It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO.
  • Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances removable from, the United States.
  • The Secretary of the Treasury may require U.S. financial institutions possessing or controlling any assets of a designated FTO to block all transactions involving those assets.

Acting undersecretary of the Air Force appointed

7/5/2012 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On July 3, President Barack Obama appointed

English: Dr. Jamie M. Morin, Assistant Secreta...

English: Dr. Jamie M. Morin, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to serve as the acting undersecretary of the Air Force.

He will serve in this capacity effective immediately and until such time as a new undersecretary is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Morin said he welcomed the new responsibilities.

“I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference for the Air Force and our nation while also digging more deeply into critical issues like space programs, energy efficiency, (Department of Defense) management reform, and the Air Force budget,” he said. “It will be exciting to work even more closely with great professionals like Secretary Panetta, Deputy Secretary Carter, Secretary Donley, General Schwartz, General Breedlove and our outstanding Air Force leaders here on the Air Staff and around the globe.”

Morin has served as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller since 2009.

Marilyn Thomas, the principal deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, will perform Morin’s duties in SAF/FM while he is serving as undersecretary, except those duties that require action by a Senate-confirmed presidential appointee.

Transition Benefits: ERB Outplacement Services Bring Sailor Home with Hope and a Future

ATs troubleshooting the electrical system on a...

ATs troubleshooting the electrical system on an F/A-18C Hornet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley, Commander, Navy Installations Command
Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — When Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Farrell got the news in November 2011 that he had not been selected for retention by the Navy’s Enlisted Retention Board, he was unsure of what would come next in his life.

The one thing he did know was that he wanted to return to his home state of Minnesota if at all possible.

Farrell, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 “Greyhawks”, immediately began preparing for his transition out of the Navy. While taking advantage of the usual services of the Navy Transition Assistance Management Program, offered at Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Fleet and Family Readiness Centers (FFSCs) worldwide, he knew that it might not be enough to prepare him for his unexpected transition out of the Navy after more than nine years of service.

While receiving the initial news from his commanding officer, he was given a handbook about all of the benefits available to him and was told the about many options, including extra outplacement services through Challenger, Grey and Christmas (CGC). As the job search continued with little luck, Farrell found himself speaking to a CGC coach to develop a job search strategy targeting Minnesota and crafting a resume that was aimed directly at his goal.

“Thanks to that killer resume, I got a job in Minnesota with a company called Orbotech,” said Farrell. “It pays well and the job looks to be less demanding than my Navy one. The benefits are great and the working environment and climate are different from what I’ve been accustomed to lately.”

Farrell is extremely grateful that he took the extra steps to ensure a good future for himself and his family. While at a loss for what to do next, things did not look bright for Farrell. After talking to the coach at CGC and developing a plan, he began to gain confidence and see hope for his future.

“I know it is the coaches’ job, but they seemed to put 100 percent of themselves into what they do and it showed,” said Farrell. “Things worked out right for me and it was because of their hard work and dedication.”
With a job secured in his home state and his extended family nearby, his outlook has changed about being selected by the ERB for release from the Navy. Farrell is proud of his naval service and the years he spent as an aviation electronics technician, but he is also looking forward to the next step in his life and finally feeling “home” again.

The Navy’s contract with CGC is extensive and tasks them to reach out to all Sailors affected by ERB. Sailors are encouraged to contact CGC by calling 1-800-971-4288 or by e-mail at cgcusnavy@challengergray.com if they desire services and have not heard from CGC. Sailors can also contact the Help Center at Commander, Navy Personnel Command by calling 866-827-5672 for more information.

For more information, visit www.npc.navy.mil/boards/ERB/, contact the NPC customer service center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672) or email cscmailbox@navy.mil.

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World’s Largest International Maritime Exercise Gets Underway

RimPac 2010

RimPac 2010 (Photo credit: Bytemarks)

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) — Military leaders from 22 nations formally launched Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2012, July 2. RIMPAC is hosted biennially by U.S. Pacific Fleet in and around Hawaii.

U.S. and international speakers at the opening press conference included Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Adm. Gerald R. Beaman, Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet; Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, Commander of Escort Flotilla Three; and Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, Chief of Force Development.

“The theme of capable, adaptable partners resonates here in what is the world’s largest international maritime exercise,” Haney said.

Haney said 22 nations, 40 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 people are participating in RIMPAC 2012. The exercise is designed to enhance the tactical capabilities of participating units in major aspects of maritime operations at sea. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd in the series, which began in 1971. It is the world’s largest international maritime exercise.

RIMPAC, as well as the cooperation and interoperability it fosters, “is critical to ensure the safety of the sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans,” said Haney, who was flanked by representatives of the participating nations during a pierside press conference.

Haney noted that this year’s RIMPAC is unique with a number of exercise firsts:

– The naval and air functional component commands in RIMPAC are being led by international partners;

– Includes a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) component;

– The U.S. Navy will demonstrate its “Great Green Fleet” approach with some surface warships and aircraft functioning on biofuel blends

Beaman, said the HA/DR portion of the exercise is a five-day exercise that involves Hawaii disaster responders as well as more medical personnel than have participated in past RIMPACs. He also highlighted the international leadership roles throughout the exercise.

“It is the first time in the RIMPAC series that the component commanders are led by other than U.S. leaders,” said Beaman. “It’s a sign of where we have come with this exercise and we’re excited, each and every one of us to be here and to carry out RIMPAC 2012.”

Kitagawa, of Japan, took a moment to recognize the growth in the international participation over previous years.

“I am very glad to welcome seven countries of new partners, and the opportunity for us to train together,” said Kitagawa.

Kitagawa also noted that this is the 17th RIMPAC Japan is participating in, and he expressed his gratitude to all of the nations participating in RIMPAC for the assistance they provided to Japan in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

“Continued participation in RIMPAC and regular deployments in the Pacific Rim also allows us to renew our focus on the region on a biennial basis,” said Lloyd of Canada. He also thanked Hawaii for “what is truly first-class, world-class hospitality” that is being offered to all of the RIMPAC participants.

This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.