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Cooking with FOIA: How do your pastries measure up to the military’s standards?

Cooking with FOIA: How do your pastries measure up to the military’s standards?

Back in May, we wrote about the military’s official brownie recipe from 2003, and requested the updated specifications. In response, we were pointed to a document on the Defense Logistics Agency’s website: PCR-C-007F, which covers the standards for all “cakes, brownies, muffin tops and filled cakes” consumed by the armed forces. While the document doesn’t contain any recipes, it does have some pretty clear guidelines for what it takes to be a military-grade chocolate banana muffin top.

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Explore the Department of Defense’s list of received FOIA requests

Explore the Department of Defense’s list of received FOIA requests

The U.S. Department of Defense reported receiving more than 57,000 Freedom of Information Act requests across 33 components last year. Want to know what these requesters were looking to get? Check the FOIA log.

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Army names Silicon Valley’s data mining company Palantir to lead battlefield intelligence

Army names Silicon Valley’s data mining company Palantir to lead battlefield intelligence

Palantir, a data mining startup based in Silicon Valley, will be handling initial delivery of the U.S. Army’s battlefield intelligence network, the Pentagon confirmed earlier this year, positioning the company to influence the Army’s long-term implementation of its artificial intelligence priorities.

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Cooking with FOIA: The military's official brownie recipe

Cooking with FOIA: The military’s official brownie recipe

A 2003 document with the unassuming title of “MIL-C-44072C” first surfaced in early 2010 on the personal website of Finnish programmer Lars Wirzenius, and shortly thereafter saw reporting from Reason, National Public Radio, and the National Security Archive’s Unredacted blog. What was in this document that generated such considerable interest? Nothing less than the military’s official specifications for brownies, spanning an impressive 26 pages.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: The U.S. Army's six figure water bill and records show facial recognition software is being tested on photos of abused children

This week’s FOIA round-up: The U.S. Army’s six figure water bill and records show facial recognition software is being tested on photos of abused children

In this week’s FOIA round-up, the U.S. Army charges an environmental group with a hefty FOIA fee, researchers discover that a sub-agency in the Department of Commerce is employing pictures of immigrants, dead people, and abused children in their facial recognition test program, and Texas public records are increasingly harder to get.

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