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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Government Shutdown: Operations of the Department of Defense During a Lapse in Appropriations

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Govt Procurement,Headlines

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41745.pdf

Discusses authorities and conditions affecting the Department of Defense during a government shutdown without legal appropriations, army guidance on “exempted” and “non-exempted” activities, and offers an assessment of the effects of a shutdown on military operations, personnel, and contractors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Rare Earth Elements in National Defense: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41744.pdf

From the 1960s  to the 1980s, the U.S. was the leader in global production of rare earth elements.  Since then, production has shifted almost entirely to China.  Policymakers are concerned about U.S. dependence on China for rare earth elements which are vital to manufacturing, defense, and science and technology sectors of the global economy.  This report lays out policy issues and options for Congress to reduce foreign dependence. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

The State Secrets Privilege: Preventing the Disclosure of Sensitive National Security Information During Civil Litigation

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R41741.pdf

The state secrets privilege is a privilege that allows the federal government to resist court-ordered disclosure of information during litigation if such disclosure would harm national security.  This report presents an overview of the protections afforded by the state secrets privilege, a discussion of some unresolved issues associated with the privilege,  and some high profile examples of how the privilege has been applied in practice.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Military Justice: Courts-Martial, An Overview

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41739.pdf

The Fort Hood shootings, the Wikileaks case, and the Guantanamo detainees have increased public interest in the military justice system.  This report discusses the nature of the military justice system and the three types of courts-martial.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

State and Local Governments’ Fiscal Outlook: April 2011 Update

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,History,Taxes

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11495sp.pdf

Projects the level of receipts and expenditures for the local and state government sector until 2060 based on current and historical spending and revenue patterns.  From the Government Accountability Office