Physical Vulnerability Handbook

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Defense Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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Due Nov. 5, 2019
Est. Completion None
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From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Defense Intelligence Agency publication AP-550-1-2-69-INT, 'Physical Vulnerability Handbook - Nuclear Weapons (U),' 1 June 1969 as cited by DTIC at the following link:

As the FOIA requires, please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents. If you withhold information or records or portions of records then please identify the exemption through which you do so and advise me of my options for appeal under the law.

I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for profit or commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records—and my edited analysis and commentary--available to the public via my academic publications and presentations; on social media (I have over 14,000 Twitter followers); and through the News Site

Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url: In addition, and as per Sack v. DOD (2016), please see the attached letter from my academic advisor regarding my request of these records.

Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status.

If fees are assessed then I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available. I further request that, if not already stored in digital format, any responsive records be converted into high resolution (archival quality) scans rather than photocopied.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (preferably via email) with any questions or information. You may, and I request that you do, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Defense Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Defense Intelligence Agency


Thank you for your email. As indicated in our response letter, unfortunately, we have a case backlog of 1,600 cases. At this stage of processing, we are unable to provide an estimated completion time for your request. We regret that there is currently a substantial delay in processing requests and solicit your patience and understanding.

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