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Operationalizing Cybersecurity Due Diligence: A Transatlantic Comparative Case Study

Shackelford, Scott and Russell, Scott, Operationalizing Cybersecurity Due Diligence: A Transatlantic Comparative Case Study (January 12, 2016). South Carolina Law Review, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: “Although much work has been done on applying the law of warfare to cyber attacks, far less attention has been paid to defining a law of cyberContinue Reading

CRS – The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce

The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce: Background and Congressional Oversight Issues for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Kathryn A. Francis, Analyst in Government Organization and Management; Wendy Ginsberg Analyst in American National Government. January 8, 2016. “The federal cybersecurity workforce is responsible for protecting U.S. government systems and networks against cyber threats and attacks. FederalContinue Reading

Congressional Record State of the Union Address 2016

[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 7 (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)] [House] [Pages H324-H329] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office President Barak Obama – “…But for my final address to this Chamber, I don’t want to just talk about next year. I want to focus on the next 5 years, the nextContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, National Security Cutter, Veterans Benefits Management System

Defense Infrastructure: DOD Efforts Regarding Net Zero Goals, GAO-16-153R: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016. National Security Cutter: Enhanced Oversight Needed to Ensure Problems Discovered during Testing and Operations Are Addressed, GAO-16-148: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016. Veterans Benefits Management System: Ongoing Efforts Can Be Improved; Goals AreContinue Reading

CRS – Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response. Christopher M. Blanchard, Coordinator Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs; Carla E. Humud, Analyst in Middle Eastern and African Affairs; Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. October 9, 2015. “The rise of the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State ofContinue Reading

Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress

CRS – Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress. Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition. January 5, 2016. “Many analysts believe that data analysis is a critical element in making smart, informed, policy decisions and in managing government programs. Without data, there may not be an appropriate basis for makingContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Acquisitions, TSA Acquisitions

Federal Acquisitions: Use of ‘Other Transaction’ Agreements Limited and Mostly for Research and Development Activities, GAO-16-209: Published: Jan 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 2016: “Federal agencies use a variety of acquisition and financial assistance mechanisms, such as contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, to help meet their missions. Some federal agencies have received authorization toContinue Reading

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007 – 2014

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007-2014, Catherine A. Theohary, Specialist in National Security Policy and Information Operations. December 21, 2015. “This report provides Congress with official, unclassified, quantitative data on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the United States and foreign countries for the preceding eight calendar years for use in its policyContinue Reading

Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Evaluation

Mary K. Cunningham, Jennifer Biess, Dina Emam, Martha R. Burt. December 10, 2015. Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Evaluation: “This report documents the outcomes of veterans served by the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration program (VHPD), one element of the Obama administration’s signature initiative to end veteran homelessness. It describes the housing, employment, and health of veteransContinue Reading

SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2014

SIPRI news release, December 15, 2015: “Sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $401 billion in 2014 according to new international arms industry data launched today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Download the Fact Sheet, The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2014Continue Reading

CRS – Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process. Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation. December 17, 2015. “This report reviews the process and procedures that currently apply to congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposed by the President. This includes consideration of proposals to sell major defense equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer to third partyContinue Reading

CBO – H.R. 2843, TSA PreCheck Expansion Act

CBO Cost Estimate – “H.R. 2843 would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to undertake efforts to expand enrollment in the PreCheck program. Through that program, air travelers voluntarily apply to be prescreened using biographic and biometric information to determine whether they qualify for expedited screening at airport security checkpoints. The act would direct TSAContinue Reading