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1 2 Volume 3 “Our campaign plan is first and foremost to collapse ISIL’s parent tumor in Iraq and Syria, focusing on its power centers in Raqqa and Mosul,” he added. Repelling Counterattacks In Syria, coalition-supported local forces recently took the town of Shaddadi, repelled ISIL’s counterattacks and ultimately severed the main artery between Syria and northern Iraq, making it harder for ISIL’s leaders and forces to travel between Raqqa and Mosul, Carter said. Iraqi forces have moved from their staging base at Makhmur and are advancing to new positions as part of the early stages of operations to collapse ISIL’s control over Mosul, the defense secretary added. U.S. Marines near Makhmur now are providing artillery fire there at Iraq’s request, he said, to help protect and support the Iraqi advance against ISIL. “In both Syria and Iraq we’re seeing important steps to shape what will become crucial battles in the months to come,” Carter said. Relentless Pressure As local partners move forward, the coalition continues to bring relentless pressure on ISIL commanders in Mosul, the secretary added. Along with killing Imam, U.S. forces targeted Abu Sara, a top ISIL leader charged with paying fighters in northern Iraq, and several ISIL associates who were directly involved in external plotting and training, he said. “These precise actions came after recent strikes that destroyed a significant quantity of improvised explosive devices and bomb-making equipment that could have been used against our partners headed for Mosul,” Carter added, noting that the actions are believed to be successful and damaging to ISIL. Campaign Momentum The defense secretary said the momentum of the campaign against ISIL is clearly on the coalition’s side. Carter Discusses Counter-ISIL Campaign “The United States military will continue to work intensively with our coalition partners to build on this progress, as our counterparts throughout our governments work to defend our homelands at the same time,” he said. Carter also announced that yesterday he and his Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman, agreed to convene a U.S.-Gulf Cooperation defense ministerial on April 20 in Riyadh ahead of President Barack Obama’s participation in the U.S.- Gulf Cooperation Council leaders’ summit there the next day. Carter Discusses Future Defense Forum “This will be an important forum to build on our counter-ISIL defense ministerial in Brussels last month,” Carter said. The meeting also will strengthen U.S.-GCC defense Page 3 April 2016 Edition partnerships by allowing participants to review and discuss the way ahead for joint regional defense initiatives that all committed to during the 2015 US-GCC Camp David Summit last May, the secretary added. – By Cheryl Pellerin – Reporter, science writer for DoD News, which provides news and feature articles for, the U.S. Department of Defense website Follow Cheryl Pellerin on Twitter:@PellerinDoDNews U.S. Vulnerable to Belgium-Style ISIS Attack? The U.S. Congress gave the FBI $1.3 billion dollars to modernize information technology systems that left America vulnerable to the 9/11 attacks. However, 15 years later, “FBI and the Department of Homeland Security” remain technologically inferior due to multiple failures to build a modernized case management system. The $400+ million Virtual Case File project by the SAIC Corp. was declared “unfit for use” and in a 2012 interview with FierceGovernmentIT, former FBI chief technology officer Jack Israel said that the $900+ million Lockheed Martin Sentinel project’s “demise” was the FBI’s failure to build an electronic case management system. “What Sentinel was designed to do is come up with automated workflows for all investigative processes that went on in the FBI,” said Israel. “It was supposed to come up with new search paradigms, ones that were more used today, like Google searches,” added Israel. “It was supposed to promote information sharing, being able to share with the rest of the law enforcement and intelligence community information that the FBI had developed. And it was supposed to go from a paper-based storage of information, of records, to electronic records management,” explained Israel. “That may sound kind of strange, because the case file system in ACS is electronic… But, the records themselves that the FBI uses to go to court, are, today still paper. Unless you have a way to certify electronic records, like with a digital signature,” Israel expounded. “Our Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC, pronounced “silk) software does exactly what Mr. Israel describes, including digital signatures, electronic case file dissemination to prosecutors and the courts,” says David Banks, Chief Operating Officer of the IRP Solutions Corporation. “And we challenge our federal government to put us and CILC to the test. “I have no doubt that there was corporate collusion to criminalize IRP’s debt to