Army UAS office communications re: lost drones

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Army Sustainment Command of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-0016
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Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All communications between the Army's Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Project Office, located in Huntsville, AL and the 401st Army Field Support Brigade regarding the shipment of 3 RQ-20 Puma AE Drone Systems.

Per an inspector general report (see http://www.dodig.mil/pubs/documents/DODIG-2015-126.pdf): "According to 401st AFSB officials, three drone systems, after use at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, were to be returned to the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Project Office, located in Huntsville, AL, for reset. For return to the SUAS Project Office, 401st AFSB officials stated, the three systems were to be transported from Camp Leatherneck to KAF RPAT then to BAF RPAT and finally to Huntsville, AL. [....] Ultimately, on September 2, 2014, representatives from SUAS Project Office contacted the 401st AFSB COR at BAF to state that the systems arrived in Huntsville, AL."

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the federal government extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets on topics pertaining to national security, law enforcement and technology:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 12, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I have not received any acknowledgement of this FOIA request, which I previously addressed to rock-amsas-gc@conus.army.mil. Please confirm receipt, as well as the appropriate FOIA contact information for the Army Sustainment Command.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Mr. Musgrave:

Please be more specific in what type of reports etc you are requesting.

Thank you,

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

Charmaine - they didn't state any records. They are asking for all reports
the PM did for 15 years. They have to be more specific. This is an
open-ended request.

This is the request:
All annual, semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, and/or weekly reports completed
by the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems office from January 2000 through July
2015.

We need something more specific, i.e., what kind of reports and exactly what
type of information is the reporter looking for especially when it covers 15
years' worth. Also depending on what type of reports, the current owning
organization of those reports should be the ones to disclose it. Most of our
reports are in response to a tasker or query from a higher organization;
therefore, I think that whoever is the recipient of those reports (the
current owning organization) are the ones who has to approve release of
them.

There's no way to approach this unless we know what specific information
they are looking for.

From: USARMY RIA ASC List FOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Your below request does not fall under the purview of this office. Your request has been referred to the Redstone Arsenal Garrison FOIA Office for their direct response to you. Below is their contact information:

FOIA/PA Office
US Army Garrison (IMSE-RED-HR)
3465 Zeus Road
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000

Commercial – 256-876-6360
Email - usarmy.redstone.imcom.mbx.foia-request@mail.mil

v/r,

Angie

Angela R. Keel-Welsh
Paralegal Specialist/FOIA Officer
HQ, Army Sustainment Command
ATTN: AMSAS-GC
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61299-6500
Phone: (309) 782-8442
FOIA Email: usarmy.ria.asc.list.foia@mail.mil
E-mail: angela.r.keel-welsh.civ@mail.mil

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Per the below, this FOIA request has been referred to Redstone Arsenal Garrison FOIA Office. Please confirm receipt and provide a tracking number.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for acknowledging receipt of this request for communications concerning the lost drones. Please advise if you need additional information from me — I seek any written communications as referenced in the cited inspector general report.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: USARMY Redstone Arsenal IMCOM Mailbox FOIA Request

Mr. Musgrave:

I will let you know what the organization comes up with.

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: USARMY Redstone Arsenal IMCOM Mailbox FOIA Request

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize for the delay in response to you on behalf of the FOIA office. The organization has gone through some personnel changes since your initial request.

Please be advised that due to the large number of drone systems returned to PM UAS more information is needed to determine which drones you are requesting specifically.

The FOIA requires that requests describe the records sought with sufficient detail to allow an agency employee familiar with the subject area of the request to locate the records with a reasonable amount of effort. Your request does not adequately describe the records sought, therefore, we are unable to process it at this time. If you wish to pursue your request, please provide more specifics e.g. serial numbers, so that the organization can better assist you.

Thanks.

V/r,
Sherena L. Jackson, Civ, USA
Govt Information Specialist, IMCOM
U.S. Army Garrison - Redstone
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35806
Comm: (256) 876-6360
DSN: 746-6360
Fax: (256) 876-2057

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