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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Section 847 Ethics Requirements for Senior Defense Officials Seeking Employment with Defense Contractors

Categories: Defense/Military,Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics

Finds that the Department of Defense has failed to comply with requirements of a 2008 law that called for monitoring and record keeping of DOD officials who move through the revolving door to employment with private sector defense contractors.  Offers recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense


Identifying Personality Disorders That Are Security Risks: Field Test Results

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Homeland Security,Mental Health

Examines which personality disorders are associated with security risk, due to compromised judgment and reliability, and whether an improved screening tool could be used to evaluate personnel in a high risk program such as access to nuclear or biological weapons.  From the Defense Personnel Security Research Center


Brazil Marks 50th Anniversary of Military Coup

Categories: Brazil,Defense/Military,History,Latin America,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 16 declassified documents that reveal planning in the Kennedy Administration to create a “coup climate” to encourage the Brazilian military to overthrow the Goulart regime.  From the National Security Archive


Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office


Report of the Investigation into the Fatal Shooting Incident at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 and Associated Security, Personnel, and Contracting Policies and Practices

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security

The Navy Department’s investigation into the Washington Navy Yard shootings, completed in 2013 and released to the public in 2014.  Covers findings about contractor and military force compliance with personnel security policies.   From the Navy Department


Security from Within: Independent Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security

Offers recommendations and supporting analysis of the outside or independent review group appointed by the Secretary of Defense to identify security shortcomings that resulted in the fatl shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013.  Completed in 2013 but released to the public in 2014.  From the Defense Department


Military Commissions Act of 2009 (MCA 2009): Overview and Legal Issues

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Provides a background and analysis comparing rules and procedures of military commissions as envisioned under the revised MCA (2009) to those established by the MCA (2006). From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Internal Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting: A Report to the Secretary of Defense

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security


Reports on results of the investigation into how loose security regulations and other vulnerabilities allowed a contractor employee to smuggle guns into the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 and kill 12 people.  From the Defense Department


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