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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Confederate Symbols: Relation to Federal Lands and Programs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,History,Veterans

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44959.pdf

Focuses on federal agencies that administer assets or fund activities in which Confederate memorials and references to Confederate history are present.  Discusses the agencies’ policies concerning such symbols, recent legislative proposals, and issues for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists and InfoDocket.

 

Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Nuclear Arms

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53211-nuclearforces.pdf

Estimates that current plans for modernizing U.S. nuclear forces would cost $1.2 trillion (in 2017 dollars).  Presents Congress with nine options that would reduce or delay some of those costs.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Report on the Collision between USS Fitzgerald and Motor Vessel ACX Crystal and Report on the Collision between USS John S. McCain and Motor Vessel ALNIC MC

Categories: Defense/Military,Transportation,Weather/Disasters

http://s3.amazonaws.com/CHINFO/USS+Fitzgerald+and+USS+John+S+McCain+Collision+Reports.pdf

Memorandum from the Chief of Naval Operations, which includes reports on collisions involving two U.S. Navy ships in separate incidents in June and August 2017 which resulted in the deaths of 17 American sailors.  The Navy’s report on the events and actions that led to the collisions concludes that the accidents were preventable and caused by multiple failures by those on watch duty.  From the Defense Department

 

Ulysses S. Grant Papers

Categories: Defense/Military,History,Presidency

https://www.loc.gov/collections/ulysses-s-grant-papers/about-this-collection/

As the new biography of Grant by Ron Chernouw appears, the Library of Congress posts the papers of the former president.  Includes some 50,000 items from the period 1843-1885: speeches, writings, correspondence, military reports, financial records and more.  From the Library of Congress

 

Approaches to Changing Military Health Care

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Health/Medical

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53137-approachestochangingmilitaryhealthcare.pdf

Examines possible changes to the military health system, including the effects of the changes on the federal budget, the quality of health care, and military preparedness.   From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Trends in the Department of Defense’s Support Costs

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/53168-dodsupportcosts.pdf

Funding for support functions consumes more of the defense budget today than it did in the 1980s.  Largest increases were attributed to health care, communications infrastructure, the science/technology program, and DoD management.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

CIA Analysis of the Soviet Navy

Categories: Communism,Defense/Military,History,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/collection/cia-analysis-soviet-navy

A collection of declassified documents spanning three decades from the 1960s to the 1980s on U.S. intelligence analysis of the evolving Soviet Navy and its military posture during the Cold War.  From the Central Intelligence Agency

 

Presidential Memorandum … on Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Sex Issues

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/25/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense-and-secretary-homeland

Text of the presidential directive that restores the policy barring transgender individuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.  The Obama administration had opened the military to transgender individuals.  The Trump administration rejects the evidence that the presence of such individuals would not hinder military effectiveness or unit cohesion.  From the White House

 

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