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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments

CRS report via FAS – Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments, Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. September 1, 2016. “Nuclear testing has a long history, beginning in 1945. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that the United States conducted 1,030 nuclear tests, the Soviet Union 715, the United Kingdom 45, France 210,… Continue Reading

NPR series – 15 Years Later: The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

One in the series of NPR articles – Sept. 11 Legacy: One Endless War Against Many Radical Enemies, September 6, 2016 – The U.S. went to war after Sept. 11 and has now been fighting for 15 years, the longest unbroken period in its history. Despite disappointing results, there’s broad consensus it should continue. Continue Reading

Reporters Committee – Pentagon revises war manual to emphasize protections for journalists

News release: “The Pentagon has updated its Law of War manual to clarify that journalists are generally protected as civilians under international law. The changes, announced last week, came after media groups expressed concern that some language in the original version could put reporters at risk of being considered spies or combatants. The manual, first… Continue Reading

Report – Open Source Software and the DOD

Center for New American Security – Open Source Software and the Department of Defense – “This paper discusses where the DoD is already making inroads to use open source development methodologies to shorten time to mission without sacrificing national security. I hope our civilian and uniformed leaders will read it carefully and take it seriously.… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – 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. SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups, GAO-16-805: Published: Aug 25, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 2016. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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