OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: New rules for stopping leaks

McCain had not issued a statement about Clapper’s new measures Monday, but he did announce he was holding a press conference on the recent intelligence leaks Tuesday morning. McCain’s press conference features four other Republican senators and no Democrats, so it’s a safe assumption that it will not have the bipartisan tone that the Intelligence heads touted in their joint leak presser last month. 

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Other congressional reaction: The chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence committees praised Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s announcement Monday, while saying they were still planning bipartisan, bicameral legislation together. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “very pleased” with the new measures, and House Intel Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called it a “good first step.” The two Intelligence Committees plan to add provisions to the intelligence authorization bill to crack down on leaders.

Ayotte’s sequestration doubleheader: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is playing two on Tuesday — two sequestration addresses, that is. The freshman senator will keynote a panel discussion held by TechAmerica on the impact of sequestration on the defense industrial base, and will then be giving another keynote in the afternoon at the Brookings Institution on implications and potential alternatives. 

Ayotte isn’t the only one pulling double duty: Brookings’s Michael O’Hanlon is moderating one of the two defense panels at the Brookings event, and he’s also on the TechAmerica panel.

Pentagon celebrates Gay Pride: The Pentagon is holding its first ever event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month on Tuesday. The event, which comes less than a year after “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed, features a keynote address by Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, whom advocates say was an essential part of the repeal of the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military. After Johnson speaks, there will be a moderated panel titled: “The Value of Open Service and Diversity.”


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— West: Obama should denounce Muslim Brotherhood

— Intel chief cracks down on leakers

— Iran boasts about the end of Stuxnet


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