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Transforming to Effects-Based Operations: Lessons from the United Kingdom Experience

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Great Britain

Describes how British military forces have taken on a variety of military operations across the globe while their defense budget declined as a percentage of GDP. The United Kingdom&#x0027’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces have instituted effects-based approaches to their operations. This report evaluates the success of this approach. From the Strategic Studies Insitute of the U.S. Army War College.

Religion in World Affairs: Its Role in Conflict and Peace

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Religion/Ethics

Argues that the role of religion as a force in peacemaking is often overlooked, that religion is not usually the sole or even primary cause of conflict, that religion provides training in peacemaking methodologies, and that the U.S. government is ill-equipped to handle religious issues and relate to religious figures. From the U.S. Institute of Peace

Impact of the 2008 Federal Budget on the Availability and Quality of Data from the BLS

Categories: Govt Finance,Labor/Employment,Virginia Issues

Lists the steps taken to curtail data survey programs due to budget reductions. Includes elimination of publication of all metropolitan area hours and earnings data and all employment data for the 65 smallest metro areas, including Danville, Virginia. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Productivity and Costs: Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Annual Averages for 2007

Categories: Business/Economics,Labor/Employment,Manufacturing,Statistics

Reports that productivity increased 1.6% in the business sector from 2006 to 2007 and 2.9% in the manufacturing sector. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Detailed Tables on Substance Use and Mental Health Before and After Katrina/Rita

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

Offers 51 tables of detailed statistics comparing illicit drug and mental health problems before and after the major hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, of 2005. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Substance Use and Mental Health

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Smoking/Tobacco,Weather/Disasters

Reports that adults who were displaced from their homes for more than two weeks suffered from serious psychological distress and had higher rates of illicit drug and cigarette use than those not so affected. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Background and Policy Issues for Congress

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Finance

Offers information on the nature of sovereign wealth funds, investment funds owned and managed by national governments, and which governments have them. Major policy concerns relate to their lack of transparency and the possible misuse of such funds for political purposes. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Into the Wild New Yonder

Categories: Defense/Military

Annual compendium of information on the U.S. Air Force. From the U.S. Air Force

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