Marine Corps’ Wargaming Programs

Emma Best filed this request with the Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of the Marine Corps’ Wargaming Program for all available years, produced by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. According to the USMC website (http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/Divisions/Wargaming.aspx), "The Wargame Program is the annual syllabus of wargames conducted by the Division in support of Marine Corps equities as defined by the responsible authorities."

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Michael Best

From: Bastien 1stLt Talia A

Good Afternoon Mr. Best,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request, detailed below. Unfortunately, due to significant manpower shortages, we are taking longer than normal to process these requests.

Rest assured that your request will be processed in the order received. We will notify you of any movement or updates as it relates to your request.

Thank you for your continued patience in this matter.

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1st Lieutenant Talia Bastien
Adjutant/Installation Voting Assistance Officer
Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region
Marine Corps Base Quantico
3250 Caitlin Ave
Quantico, VA 22134
Tel: 703-784-2106
talia.bastien@usmc.mil
vote.quantico@usmc.mil

From: Bastien 1stLt Talia A

Good Morning Sir,

Thank you for following up with us. Your request was submitted to Marine Corps Combat Development Command, I'm still awaiting their response.

I will let you know when I have received the documents for processing.

R/,
Lt. Bastien
784-2106

From: Bastien 1stLt Talia A

Good Morning Sir,

Your FOIA request has been answered. The attached letter, including all responsive documents, have been uploaded to FOIAonline.

R/,

1st Lieutenant Talia Bastien
Adjutant/Installation Voting Assistance Officer
FOIA Coordinator
Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region
Marine Corps Base Quantico
3250 Caitlin Ave
Quantico, VA 22134
Tel: 703-784-2106
talia.bastien@usmc.mil
vote.quantico@usmc.mil

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