Memos related to US military Predator decision (SECDEF)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking #

13-F-0137

Due Aug. 7, 2013
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-Memos, documents and reports related to the Predator UAV Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD)

-USACOM message (1 December 1995) to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding procurement and utility of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

-Joint Requirements Oversight Council memo (JROCM 151-95, 16 Dec 95) to Secretary of Defense Predator UAV recommendations

-Joint Requirements Oversight Council memo (JROCM 010-96, 12 Feb 96) to Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition & Technology Predator UAV recommendations

-Secretary of Defense memo (9 Apr 96) to Secretaries of Military Departments, CJCS and Under Secretaries of Defense DEFS, assigning UAV Service Lead

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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: Department of Defense

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Graves, Aaron CIV WHS-ESD

Mr. Musgrave,

Regarding your inquiry below, please note that the action officer assigned to your case (13-F-0137) is Mr. Brandon Gaylord. He would be in the best position to assist you. Unfortunately, he is out of the office and will not return until next Tuesday.

V/r,

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please provide an update on 13-F-0137 -- it has been several months since I heard any update.

Thank you.

From: Gaylord, Brandon J CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

Your estimated date of completion for this action is December 31, 2013.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Graves, Aaron K CIV WHS ESD (US)

Shawn,

Please note that this case has been reassigned to Mr. Charles (Chris) Marye, who is also CC'd on this response. You should expect a status/update from Mr. Marye in the next couple days.

V/r,

Aaron

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

We continue to process your request. Responsive documents were located.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD FOIA OFFICE
(571) 372-0407

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Sir,

We continue to process your request. It is currently staffed for review and I am waiting for the responses. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Once I receive all responses, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your cases are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD FOIA OFFICE
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Sir,

We continue to process your request. It is currently staffed for review and I am waiting for the responses. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Once I receive all responses, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your cases are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please note no further clarification is needed. We are currently waiting for responses for reviews to come back.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Sir,

We continue to process your request. It is currently staffed for review and I am waiting for the responses. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Once I receive all responses, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your cases are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please note no further clarification is needed. We are currently waiting for responses for reviews to come back.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Sir,

We continue to process your request. It is currently staffed for review and I am waiting for the responses. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Once I receive all responses, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your cases are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please note no further clarification is needed. We are currently waiting for responses for reviews to come back.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

We continue to process your request. It is currently staffed for review and I am waiting for the responses. It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Once I receive all responses, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, I will send you a formal response letter to your request. Please note all documents are reviewed before we respond. Further note the unusual circumstances concerning your cases are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. These 3 factors do have an impact on the processing of your case. I appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. Please note no further clarification is needed. We are currently waiting for responses for reviews to come back.

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Marye -

I note that we are now nearly a year past the previous estimated completion date of December 2013. Please provide a new estimated completion date immediately.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I will provide a new estimate as soon as I have consulted with the other agencies reviewing records for this request and received their estimates. Please note that it may take a few days due to the upcoming holiday. Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

During the course of the holidays I attempted to get an estimated completion date from another federal agency to which your case is currently tasked. Based on my experience with that agency I am estimating an April completion date. If I should be able to respond sooner than that I will. Please keep in mind this is only an estimate. Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). I have queried them again for an update. Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). I have queried them again for an update. Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). I queried them again for an update and was informed this week they continue to work your request. Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

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 Nov. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0137.

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

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am still waiting for the response from the other agency previously mentioned (see previous email). Thank you for your continued patience with your request.

Sincerely,

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

The FOIA request below has been open since 2012, per my records. Please advise immediately as to its status.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Marye, Charles C CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I am no longer the current action officer for your FOIA request 13-F-0137. I have forwarded your email to the appropriate team so that a member of that team can provide you a status update.

V/R

Charles Marye
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0407

NIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.mil
SIPR: charles.c.marye.civ@mail.smil.mil

From: Gaylord, Brandon J CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

Unfortunately, the last piece to finishing your request required coordination outside of our organization. Although this limits our ability to track the status, I have asked for an update and hope to have some positive news to give you.

Hope you have a good holiday season.

Thank you,
Brandon J. Gaylord
Senior Advisor
OSD/JS FOIA
(571) 372-0413

From: Gaylord, Brandon J CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I forwarded your status update request to the new Action Officer, Mr. Curtis Gibbens.

He can be reached at curtis.a.gibbens.civ@mail.mil.

Thank you,
Brandon J. Gaylord
Senior Advisor
OSD/JS FOIA
(571) 372-0413
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From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your FOIA request, case number 13-F-0137. Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

We have a large backlog, our current administrative workload is 1,830 open requests. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Curtis -

Thank you. Do you have an estimated completion date for the request?

Best,
Shawn

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your FOIA request, case number 13-F-0137. Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

We have a large backlog, our current administrative workload is 1,994 open requests. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your FOIA request, case number 13-F-0137. Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

We have a large backlog, our current administrative workload is 2,028 open requests. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your FOIA request, case number 13-F-0137. Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

We have a large backlog, our current administrative workload is 2,043 open requests. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV DPAA DPAA (US)

Mr. Musgrave,

I no longer work for the OSD/JS FOIA Office. Mr. Aaron Graves (cc'd) will
be able to assist you further. His contact information is 571-372-0435 or
aaron.k.graves2.civ@mail.mil.

Sincerely,
Curtis Gibbens

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