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CRS – DOD Security Cooperation: An Overview of Authorities and Issues

Via FAS – DOD Security Cooperation: An Overview of Authorities and Issues. Bolko J. Skorupski, Research Assistant; Nina M. Serafino, Specialist in International Security Affairs. August 23, 2016.
“Over the past decade, the increasing scope, pace, and cost of Department of Defense (DOD) security cooperation missions have raised many questions about appropriate DOD and State Department roles and responsibilities in and the utility of such efforts. For some policymakers, DOD’s new and expanded missions enable the United States to meet the challenges of the complex global security environment more effectively. As such, congressional approval of new DOD security cooperation statutes represents a necessary response to perceived shortcomings of the overarching legal regime through which, for more than 50 years, Congress has largely authorized and funded the State Department to lead and DOD to administer security assistance to foreign countries. Other policymakers, however, question whether DOD’s growing emphasis on and authority to conduct security cooperation missions undermines the State Department’s lead role in assisting foreign security forces and “ militarizes” U.S. foreign policy.”

GAO Reports – Army Patriot Modernization, SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

Patriot Modernization: Oversight Mechanism Needed to Track Progress and Provide Accountability, GAO-16-488: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016: “While the currently fielded version of the Army’s Patriot surface-to-air missile system is an improvement over prior versions, the Army currently plans to spend about $2.9 billion between fiscal years 2013 and 2021 on… Continue Reading

Iran: Politics, Gulf Security, and U.S. Policy

CRS report via FAS – Iran: Politics, Gulf Security, and U.S. Policy. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. August 19, 2016. “Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, a priority of U.S. policy has been primarily to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran to a broad range of U.S. interests, including the… Continue Reading

OIG – Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported

07-26-2016, Financial Management, Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported (Project No. D2015-D000FL-0243.000), DODIG-2016-113. “We determined whether adjustments made to Army General Fund (AGF) data during the FY 2015 financial statement compilation process were adequately documented and supported. In addition, we assessed the internal controls over the compilation process. The Office of the… Continue Reading

The Economist – Global Liveability Ranking 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit – “The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (reg. req’d) – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per… Continue Reading

DOD Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016, Heidi M. Peters, Coordinator, Information Research Specialist; Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy. August 15, 2016. “This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed… Continue Reading

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

CRS report via FAS – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group… Continue Reading

CRS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa

Via FAS – Al Qaeda and U.S. Policy: Middle East and Africa. Carla E. Humud, Analyst in Middle Eastern and African Affairs. August 11, 2016. “After nearly a decade and a half of combating Al Qaeda (AQ) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, Post-Katrina Communications, EPA Grants Management, National Guard and Reserves

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: CBP Action Needed to Reduce Duty Processing Errors and Mitigate Nonpayment Risk, GAO-16-542: Published: Jul 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016. Emergency Communications: Effectiveness of the Post-Katrina Interagency Coordination Group Could Be Enhanced, GAO-16-681: Published: Jul 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016. Federal Workforce: Opportunities Exist to Improve Data… Continue Reading

Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities

Cultural Property: Protection of Iraqi and Syrian Antiquities, GAO-16-673: Published: Aug 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2016.< “U.S. agencies and the Smithsonian Institution (Smithsonian) have undertaken five types of activities to protect Iraqi and Syrian cultural property since 2011, which include awareness raising, information sharing, law enforcement, overseas capacity building, and destruction prevention. For… Continue Reading

MEPs back plans to pool policing of EU external borders

“Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) on Wednesday (August 10, 2016). Under these plans, national authorities will still manage their borders on a day-to-day basis but, if their EU external borders… Continue Reading

Updated in 2016, the Global Terrorism Database World Map

“Updated in 2016, the GTD World Map: 45 Years of Terrorism displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide across 45 years of data.” Continue Reading