Urban Warfare Analysis Center (UWAC) reports

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory of the United States of America.
Tracking # FP-16-014635, FA-16-0019
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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:

All reports generated by the Urban Warfare Analysis Center (UWAC) from its founding in 2006 to the date this request is processed.

Per one 2008 report available online (see https://info.publicintelligence.net/How%20a%20Boy%20Becomes%20a%20Martyr%20-%20The%20Dangers%20of%20Web%202.0%20Technology.pdf):

"About the Urban Warfare Analysis Center: The Urban Warfare Analysis Center (UWAC) is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and operated by Wave
Technologies, Inc. The UWAC is a dedicated center of excellence that provides innovative and multidisciplinary support to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. The UWAC harnesses expertise from throughout the government, academia, and industry to produce research and analysis of modern asymmetric urban warfare, populate a knowledge base dedicated to urban warfare, and assess new technology initiatives. It was founded in 2006."

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the military and national security 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 including national security and emerging technologies:

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 July 14, 2015. 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 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: Ogbonna, Fanny N CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The response to your FOIA request has been submitted to the FOIA Officer for
final review. He is out of the office until the 21st. You should receive
your response that day.

Fanny Ogbonna
Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Office of Chief Counsel
301-394-1226/ DSN 290-1226
301-394-3972 (Fax)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for sending the contracts. Please advise as to the status of my request for the reports generated by UWAC. According to my records, your office has not responded to this separate request.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: USARMY Adelphi MD RDECOM ARL Mailbox ARL-FOIA-Request

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I will look into the status of the UWAC reports and get back to you.

Fanny

From: Shawn Musgrave

Thank you. Please also send a FOIA tracking number for the UWAC reports, as I have never received one, per my records.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: USARMY Adelphi MD RDECOM ARL Mailbox ARL-FOIA-Request

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The formal response to your FOIA request is attached.

Fanny Ogbonna

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I am confused by your response that no such reports were found, as I included one such report in my initial request. I've attached this report here again.

As you can see from the second page of the PDF: "The Urban Warfare Analysis Center (UWAC) is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and operated by Wave Technologies, Inc. "

I've also attached a listing of reports from UWAC's old website [which I accessed via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine and the URL: http://www.uwac-ok.com/research.html]. It seems at some point the center may have changed its name to "Unrestricted Warfare Analysis Center", but the logos are identical and the attached report appears on the listing of completed research publications.

That old website includes the following instructions for accessing the requested publications: "To access UWAC research reports and power points, please visit Intelink or Army Knowledge Online (AKO) and type “UWAC” in the search bar. You may also access the UWAC site on Intelink directly at https://www.intelink.gov/sites/uwac.

For those without access to Intelink or AKO, please contact the UWAC at uwacinfo@uwac-ok.com."

In light of the above, I respectfully ask that you conduct a good faith search for additional reports and provide them per your obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave

From: USARMY Adelphi MD RDECOM ARL Mailbox ARL-FOIA-Request

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I have sent another inquiry to our records holders. I will get back to you once I receive any information.

Fanny

From: Shawn Musgrave

Fanny -

Thank you so much!

Best,
Shawn

From: USARMY Adelphi MD RDECOM ARL Mailbox ARL-FOIA-Request

Dear Mr. Musgrove,

You should receive a formal response regarding your renewed request by close of business tomorrow, unless the FOIA officer is on leave.

Fanny

From: USARMY Adelphi MD RDECOM ARL Mailbox ARL-FOIA-Request

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The response to your FOIA request is attached.

Fanny

From: Ferris, Teresa M CIV USARMY CECOM (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Musgrove,

I am writing to you regarding the FOIA request our office received from you in March 2016. You requested All reports generated by the Urban Warfare Analysis Center. Have you received a response to this request? If so, please let me know the approximate date of the response, the Point of Contact for the response, and if you received the documents you requested.

V/r,
TERESA M. FERRIS
Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Army Materiel Command Legal Center - APG
Office of the Chief Counsel
6001 Combat Drive
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
PH: 443-861-5134
Cell: 410-733-2194

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Ferris, Teresa M CIV USARMY CECOM (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Musgrove,

I am writing to you regarding the FOIA request our office received from you in July 2015. You requested All reports generated by the Urban Warfare Analysis Center. Have you received a response to this request? If so, please let me know the approximate date of the response, the Point of Contact for the response, and if you received the documents you requested.

V/r,
TERESA M. FERRIS
Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Army Materiel Command Legal Center - APG
Office of the Chief Counsel
6001 Combat Drive
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
PH: 443-861-5134
Cell: 410-733-2194

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Teresa -

Thank you for following up.

Last month, I received the attached letter dated July 8, 2016 from Timothy Connolly, in which USARL responded, "The Army Research Laboratory is not is possession of any reports."

I thought this an odd response, given that USARML was one of the primary sponsors of UWAC, as I understand it. Any clarification you can provide would be great!

Thanks,
Shawn

From: Ferris, Teresa M CIV USARMY CECOM (US)

Mr. Musgrove,

Do you have Mr. Connolly's email address. I am trying to contact him to follow up on this FOIA.
Thanks!

Teresa Ferris

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Teresa -

In his July 8 response, Mr. Connolly indicated that he could be reached at ARL-FOIA-Request@arl.army.mil or by phone at (301) 394-1226.

The USARL's email which contained the response came from Fanny Ogbonna via usarmy.adelphi.rdecom-arl.mbx.arl-foia-request@mail.mil.

Let me know if I can help with any further information.

-Shawn

From: Ferris, Teresa M CIV USARMY CECOM (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good Afternoon,

Enclosed is the response to your FOIA request. Unfortunately, this response letter was completed in July and I am not sure it was mailed to you. I just received it today from the office handling your request.

If you have any questions please contact me via email or the numbers listed below.

V/r,
TERESA M. FERRIS
Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Army Materiel Command Legal Center - APG
Office of the Chief Counsel
6001 Combat Drive
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
PH: 443-861-5134
Cell: 410-733-2194

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Teresa -

Thanks for sending. This is indeed the letter that I followed up on in my August 2 email to you. At that time, I wrote:

Last month, I received the attached letter dated July 8, 2016 from Timothy Connolly, in which USARL responded, "The Army Research Laboratory is not is possession of any reports."

I thought this an odd response, given that USARML was one of the primary sponsors of UWAC, as I understand it. Any clarification you can provide would be great!

I'm still puzzled how USARL could not be in possession of reports for a research entity it sponsored. I assume that deliverables from UWAC were the reports I seek via this FOIA.

Best,
Shawn

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