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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Iraq,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44519.pdf

Examines the controversy and the current funding debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations account, created to provide funding for emergency overseas military actions following the 9/11 attacks.  The account is not subject to the normal budget control acts and has resulted in nearly $2 trillion dollars of spending, mostly for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2016

Categories: China,Communism,Defense/Military

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2016%20China%20Military%20Power%20Report.pdf

Describes sweeping organizational reforms to the Chinese military structure designed to strengthen Communist party control, enhance the ability to conduct joint operations, and improve its ability to fight short-duration conflicts at greater distance from the Chinese mainland.  From the Defense Department

 

Biometrics: Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Tactical Employment of Biometrics in Support of Operations

Categories: Defense/Military,Science/Technology,Spying/Intelligence

http://fas.org/irp/doddir/army/atp2-22-85.pdf

Describes biometrics procedures for collecting facial images, fingerprints, iris scans, DNA, palm prints, and other data for identification of individuals and reduction of risks to friendly forces.  From the Defense Department.

 

Military Officer Personnel Management: Key Concepts and Statutory Provisions

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44496.pdf

What type of officers do we need to win the next war?  This report provides an overview of selected concepts and statutory provisions that shape officer appointments, assignments, grade structure, promotions, and separations.  Also provides a set of questions for policymakers to consider as they discuss proposed changes. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Security Assistance: U.S. Government Should Strengthen End-Use Monitoring and Human Rights Vetting for Egypt

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Egypt,Foreign Assistance

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676503.pdf

Examines the U.S. funds provided to Egypt in 2011-2015 for security purposes, whether they were properly distributed and secured, and whether the Egyptian recipients were properly vetted for human rights concerns. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Investigation Review, Secretary of Defense Guidance

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Headlines

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/SD-ROE-Guidance-post-Kunduz.pdf

Memorandum from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the release of the report on the October 2015 attack which destroyed a Doctors Without Borders Trauma Center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.  The report concluded that the act was not a war crime, but that 16 individuals involved have been disciplined. The Carter Memo seeks to improve the Joint Force and prevent such incidents in the future.  No link to the report was attached to the memo.  From the Defense Department.

 

Goldwater-Nichols at 30: Defense Reform and Issues for Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44474.pdf

Discusses reform proposals to make the Defense Department more agile while retaining its current strength to meet a variety of national security challenges.  Focuses on three “first-order” questions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Inflation in the Costs of Building Aircraft Carriers

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51469-Carrier_Inflation.pdf

Examines the inflation estimates of the Navy, how they were arrived at, what role economic inflation has played, and how costs attributable to compliance with federal, state, or local laws have affected the figures.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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