Cyber Command

I learned something about the military command structure as a result of reviewing the most recent memorandum. I’m sure most of us have heard of CENTCOM, but now I know more what it is. Various command operations are designated “unified” under central command because they call for cooperation of several or all of the armed forces branches.

Yesterday, the Cyber Command unit was designated as a new unified command. That makes sense in our current world of cyber activity. I suspect McMaster and Kelly were key players in instigating this change.

Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

Memorandum dated August 18, 2017

Two Actions August 15

Yesterday two official actions were taken by POTUS 45. One was a routine continuation of past actions dating to 2001 and the other was an executive order regarding infrastructure. The latter was to be the focus of his press conference and intended to be the story that dominated the news cycle.

That did not happen because he “went rogue” and proved again who he really is.

Official Titles and Links:

Memorandum and Executive Order dated August 15, 2017

Two Memoranda July 29

Not much has been posted in the past week, but a few days ago two memoranda related to continuing Lebanon as a national emergency situation were posted. One was the official notice for the Federal Register and the other a letter to Congress indicating the same.

As I have written before, designations of national emergency with regard to various countries or situations around the world automatically expire after 90 days unless the president issues notice of continuance. The emergency with regard to Lebanon was originally issued August 1, 2007 and has been continued since.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda dated July 29, 2017

Colombia Drug Trade

I overlooked this memorandum earlier when checking for updates of presidential actions. It dates back a few days.

It is a memo to the secretaries of State and Defense that announces a routine continuation of earlier action of 1995. The Subject: “Continuation of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to the Government of Colombia.”

Official Title and Link: Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense

Memorandum dated July 21, 2017


Today I found revised versions of the memorandum and letter to Congress that were posted July 19. Both are dated July 20.

This is an oddity I have not encountered before. Someone must not have liked the first versions and forced changes just a day later. Careless? Simple error of publishing the wrong draft? No way of knowing right now.

After doing a little research, it appears the revised version has more similar language to the original Obama 2011 version than the version published July 19, 2017. So far, I have not been able to find anything from 2016 to see if there is much change.

At this point, I don’t think it is worth spending more time on this issue.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda dated July 20, 2017

Transnational Criminal Organizations

Yesterday two memoranda related to the national emergency declared in 2011 to focus on transnational criminal organizations and their activities as threats to the United States were signed. One simply extends the original executive order and the other is a message to the Congress notifying them of the extension as required by law.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda dated July 19, 2017