Morning Security Brief: Concerns about Syria, FBI's Evolution since 9-11, Marine Corps Training, and More
President Obama calls possible use of chemical weapons in Syria a grave concern; Mueller shares thoughts on his time at the FBI; government reports take a look at military training, and more.
► President Obama has spoken on Syria's use of chemical weapons in a Wednesday attack; he called it a "grave concern," according to the BBC . The attack was near Damascus and the article reports that Syrian ally Russia has urged the nation to allow in UN Inspectors to investigate the attack. Meanwhile, UNICEF reports that a million children have fled Syria, with another two million displaced within Syria.
► Several government reports dealing with the military and international affairs have been released this month. The Congressional Research Service has released several reports to Congress this month. Among them are a look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other Mental Health Problems in the Military , which included recommendations for research into screening and treatment of the disorders; Egypt in Crisis: Issues for Congress, which looked at the situation in Egypt and the U.S.'s relationship with that country. The Government Accountability Office released a report this week on Army and Marine Corps Training , which found that there is a lack of information on the effectiveness of simulation training and on how training should be broken down between simulation-based training and other options.
► The Washington Post has an article on outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller , who stepped into the post a week before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He discussed how the 9-11 attacks transformed the FBI's mission. Mueller talks about reshaping the FBI from a domestic crime-fighting agency to one that also deals with counterintelligence and fighting terrorism. Mueller has headed the agency for 12 years and steps down in September.
► Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, deposed former president, has been released from prison and will be under house arrest while awaiting a court date. He stands accused of corruption and of the murder of protesters.