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Commission on Care Final Report

“In Section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress established the Commission on Care, charging it to examine veterans’ access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and to examine strategically how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans during the next… Continue Reading

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry – UK

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry [The Chilcot Enquiry] was published on 6 July 2016 (the site includes a search engine). Sir John Chilcot’s  (Chair of the Inquiry) public statement can be read here.  It states: “We were appointed to consider the UK’s policy on Iraq from 2001 to 2009, and to identify lessons for… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Contracting, FDIC Information Security, IRS Information Technology

Defense Contracting: Complete Historical Data Not Available on Canceled DOD Solicitations, GAO-16-502R: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016. Information Security: FDIC Implemented Controls over Financial Systems, but Further Improvements are Needed, GAO-16-605: Published: Jun 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2016. Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve Its Processes for Prioritizing and… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Casualty Assistance, Defense Civil Support, Human Trafficking

Casualty Assistance: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Develop Policies and Outreach Goals and Metrics for Program Supporting Servicemembers’ Survivors, GAO-16-569 Published: Jun 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2016. Defense Civil Support: DOD Has Made Progress Incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Enterprise, GAO-16-599: Published: Jun… Continue Reading

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, updated June 21, 2016 (pre-Brexit)

The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects – Kristin Archick. Specialist in European Affairs. June 21, 2016. “The European Union (EU) is a unique partnership in which member states have pooled sovereignty in certain policy areas and harmonized laws on a wide range of economic, social, and political issues. The EU is the latest… Continue Reading

Democrats Issue Benghazi Report and Release Interview Transcripts

News release: “Today, the Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi issued a 339-page report entitled, “Honoring Courage, Improving Security, and Fighting the Political Exploitation of a Tragedy.”  Democrats also released all of the unclassified interview transcripts in their possession so the American people can read them for themselves….” Continue Reading

Agreement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies

“The Wassenaar Arrangement has been established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations. The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of these items by terrorists. Participating States seek, through their… Continue Reading

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement. Jerome P. Bjelopera, Specialist in Organized Crime and Terrorism. June 13, 2016. “Analysis of publicly available information on homegrown violent jihadist activity in the United States since September 11, 2001, suggests that the Islamic State (IS) and its acolytes may pose broad… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Combating Nuclear Smuggling:

Combating Nuclear Smuggling: NNSA’s Detection and Deterrence Program Is Addressing Challenges but Should Improve Its Program Plan, GAO-16-460: Published: Jun 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2016. The National Nuclear Security Agency’s (NNSA) Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) program has developed a program plan that includes four 5-year goals to guide its efforts; however,… Continue Reading

DHS Active Shooter Complex Attack Resources

Via DHS – “As the recent events in Paris (and Orlando and…) so tragically demonstrate, we continue to face ongoing threats in an uncertain world. Active shooter events, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and the threat of complex attacks like those seen in Beslan, Russia; Mumbai, India; and now, Paris, France must be… Continue Reading

Active Shooter Event: Quick Reference Guide – DHS

Department of Homeland Security guide – quick reference guide to assist friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, organizations – “An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their… Continue Reading

The Road to Orlando: Jihadist-Inspired Violence in the West, 2012-2016

Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point – June 16, 2016, Author(s): Sam Mullins Abstract: “This analysis of 47 cases of jihadist-inspired violence carried out in Western countries between January 1, 2012, and the June 12, 2016, Orlando attack sheds light on the evolving terrorist threat. The data shows that the Syrian civil war and the… Continue Reading