Operation Burnt Frost

Noah Shachtman filed this request with the US Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 16-012
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Noah Shachtman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any emails or presentations concerning "Operation Burnt Frost," the mission to shoot down NRO satellite USA-193, on February 20, 2008.

I am requesting these documents in my capacity as a journalist. Here are some of my prior stories on the military and intelligence dimensions of space:

http://www.wired.com/2013/05/special-ops-mini-sats-manhunts/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/13/isis-keeps-getting-better-at-dodging-u-s-spies.html

http://www.wired.com/2012/08/cia-deep-sea-spy-sat/

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 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,

Noah Shachtman

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Hi sir,

We made a release back in 2009. I'm searching for what we released, but I'm having a difficult time finding the file. I believe since we were keeping FOIA files for a shorter time-period prior to last year, the file may have been disposed of.

I'm going to do some more searching before I log your request in. I'll get back to you soon.

v/r
Kendall

MR. KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Noah Shachtman

Much obliged, Mr. Cooper. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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 July 14, 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: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Well sir, I've found where we processed a request back in 2008. I have the
response memo to the requester and the tasking memo to offices to conduct
searches in electronic form. Evidently there were 41 pages we partially
released, but I cannot find them. I think the hardcopy file met its
disposition date and was destroyed.

That said, looks like we'll have to start from scratch. I'll get your request
logged in and tasked out to the appropriate offices for search.

Sorry for the delay.

v/r

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

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 July 14, 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: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Sir,

Two TOP SECRET//SI presentations were delivered yesterday to my office. Although document searches continue, I have 12 other backlogged requests ahead of yours that are in various stages of processing. Due to us having to start from scratch with your request, I estimate a possible completion date of 30 October.

My apologies for the delay, but I'm a one person office and have to process requests on a first in, first out basis.

I will keep you updated when/if other documents trickle in.

v/r
Kendall

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Sir,

I have an email that I'd like to release to you that has a few links to various records, but the email contains names and contact information that will be withheld under FOIA exemption 6. With your permission, may I redact that information as non-responsive? Doing so will speed up the processing of this one email by upwards of 30 days as it will have to go to our initial denial authority if you'd rather not allow it.

Thanks,

v/r

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Sir, the attached document is in response to your below request. This in an
interim response. Other documents are being evaluated for releasability.

Please acknowledge that you can open the attached document.

Thank you.

v/r

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Sir, here's another document. Please acknowledge that you can open.

Thank you,

v/r

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Noah Shachtman

Got 'em, thanks.

From: Noah Shachtman

Got the second one, too.

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Good morning sir.

On 28 Sep 15, I contacted you about identifying personal information as "non-responsive." You agreed. Please acknowledge that you can open the attachment.

You'll notice that two documents are the same. They were attached to two different emails.

I have two remaining documents I'm reviewing. I hope to have them out to you by mid-January.

My apologies for the delay. I'm trying to fit yours in while processing my backlog.

v/r
Kendall

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: Cooper Kendall L CIV USSTRATCOM/J006

Hi sir,

I clearly overestimated the time I thought I needed to get these last two documents out to you. Please acknowledge that you can open.

I'm confident we've met the parameters of your request. As such, I will close your request after I know you've received the attachment two legal documents. Due to the passage of time, we did not invoke Exemption 5 to withhold the two attorney work products. As agreed, I again withheld the exempt names as "non-responsive."

Thank you,

v/r

KENDALL COOPER
Command FOIA/PA Manager
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
USSTRATCOM/J006 (FOIA)
901 SAC BLVD STE 2E20A
OFFUTT AFB NE 68113
DSN: 271-6321
COMM: (402) 294-6321
FAX: (402) 294-7535
SIPR: kendall.l.cooper.civ@mail.smil.mil
JWICS: Kendall.Cooper@dodiis.ic.gov

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

Thank you very much for your message. The files can be opened.

Have a lovely evening.

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