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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Declassified Pentagon History Provides Hair-Raising Scenarios of U.S. Vulnerabilities to Nuclear Attack Through 1970s.

Categories: Communism,Defense/Military,History,Homeland Security

Documents and analysis drawn from a declassified Defense Department report entitled A Historical Study of Strategic Connectivity 1950-1981 which reveals American vulnerabilities during the Cold War.  From the National Security Archive


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume XLI, Western Europe; NATO, 1969-1972

Categories: European Union,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,NATO

This volume documents U.S. relations with Western Europe from January 1969 to January 1973 with the focus on European political and economic integration and U.S. participation in NATO.  From the State Department


Growth in Goods and Services Industries Slowed in 2011: Revised Statistics of Gross Domestic Product by Industry for 2009-2011

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Statistics

Reports that real GDP  increased by 1.8 % in 2011, after increasing by 2.4% in 2010.  12 of 22 industry groups contributed to the slowdown.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


U.S. Sanctions on Burma

Categories: Asia,Burma,Democracy/Peace

This report provides a brief history of U.S. policy toward Burma and the development of U.S. sanctions, a topical summary of those sanctions, and an examination of additional sanctions that have been considered but not enacted by Congress.  It also discusses the recent easing of some of those sanctions and provisions under which additional sanctions could be removed.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Department of Education Releases Early Snapshot of School Improvement Grants Data

Categories: Education,Govt Finance,Headlines,Statistics

Press release with early results of controversial program which invested up to $2 million each to reform  1300 of the country’s lowest performing schools.  Two-thirds of schools report reading and math gains, but the picture is less bright for middle and high schools than for elementary schools.  From the Department of Education.


Information Management: National Technical Information Service’s Dissemination of Technical Reports Needs Congressional Attention

Categories: Govt Information,Science/Technology

Argues that the model for distributing federally sponsored scientific technical reports is no longer sustainable through a fee service in a time when many of the reports are freely available at the producing agency’s web site.  This report also examines how NTIS is currently organized, the demand for its reports, and the extent to which these reports are available from other sources.   From the Government Accountability Office


Statute Compilations: A List of Our Frequently Requested Compilations

Categories: History,Laws/Regulations

A collection of current U.S. Statutes grouped according to popular names of the acts such as Safe Drinking Water Act.  From the Office of the Legislative Counsel  of the U.S. House of Representatives.


EU Member States Granted Citizenship to More than 800,000 Persons in 2010

Categories: European Union,Immigration/Migration,Statistics

Represents a 4% increase in granting of European Union citizenship compared to 2009 with Spain leading with an increase of 55% over 2009.  From Eurostat


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