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GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading

One in Five International Terrorism Prosecutions in Eastern Virginia

“The Eastern District of Virginia headquartered in Alexandria leads the country in the number of international terrorism cases it prosecutes. The recent arrest of a Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) law enforcement officer, Nicholas Young, is but the latest example. A total of 232 out of 1,180 federal criminal prosecutions nationally for international terrorism –… Continue Reading

Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief

Via FAS – Federal Assistance for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence: In Brief. Lisa N. Sacco, Analyst in Illicit Drugs and Crime Policy. August 3, 2016. “Workers’ compensation provides cash and medical benefits to workers who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment and provides benefits to the survivors of… Continue Reading

The U.S. Military’s Force Structure: A Primer

The U.S. Military’s Force Structure: A Primer, July 2016: “The U.S. military’s capabilities and budget are determined primarily by the number and type of combat units, as well as the personnel and equipment they contain. This report describes each type of major combat unit’s structure, function, strengths and limitations, past usage, size, and cost, accounting… Continue Reading

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

Sophie Murguia, July 28, 2016 – “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… Continue Reading

GQ: The Guantanamo Quagmire

Pearlman, Adam Ross, GQ: The Guantanamo Quagmire (June 9, 2016). Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 27, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: “Accepting for argument’s sake the twin premises that sending Operation Enduring Freedom detainees to Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) was in line with the international and domestic law of detention as it then… Continue Reading

BBC open access to archive of plans for response to nuclear war

BBC Magazine – The BBC’s detailed plans for nuclear war: “For the first time, the BBC has given detailed access to the plans it drew up in the Cold War for a Wartime Broadcasting System to operate in the event of nuclear war. Paul Reynolds, a former BBC diplomatic and foreign correspondent, has been studying… Continue Reading

Global watchdog report – anonymous company owners and government contracting

Via POGO:  “In a new report, London-based watchdog Global Witness sheds light on the dangers of anonymously-owned companies in government contracting. The recent Panama Papers scandal has raised concerns of how money stashed in anonymous shell companies is used to evade taxes and fund international crime. In a similar vein, a Global Witness report titled… Continue Reading

Physical cryptographic verification of nuclear warheads

Published online before print July 18, 2016, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603916113. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PNAS, July 18, 2016. “How does one prove a claim about a highly sensitive object such as a nuclear weapon without revealing information about the object? This paradox has challenged nuclear arms control for more than five decades. We… Continue Reading

DOD Has Established Processes for Implementing and Tracking Recommendations to Improve Leadership, Morale, and Operations

DOD Has Established Processes for Implementing and Tracking Recommendations to Improve Leadership, Morale, and Operations, GAO-16-597R: Published: Jul 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2016. “Why GAO Did This Study – DOD has identified nuclear deterrence as its highest priority mission. In 2014, in response to several incidents involving the nation’s nuclear deterrent forces and… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Immigration Benefits System, Military Personnel, Nuclear Security, Defense Nuclear Enterprise, EPA, Flood Insurance, Iran Nuclear Deal

Immigration Benefits System: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Can Improve Program Management, GAO-16-467: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2016. Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Complete Data on Active-Duty Servicemembers’ Use of Food Assistance Programs, GAO-16-561: Published: Jul 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2016. Nuclear Security: NRC Has Enhanced the Controls of… Continue Reading

Pew – China and the global balance of power

“In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, many people began to question the reputation of the United States as the world’s leading economic power. As China’s economy continued to expand and the U.S. economy sputtered, overseas publics – especially in Europe – increasingly named China as the world’s top economic power. However, more… Continue Reading