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Statement by the President on ISIL

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Headlines,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/10/statement-president-isil-1

Text of speech of President Obama on 9/10/2014 about the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.  From the White House

 

The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,NATO,Syria,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43612.pdf?x

Reviews the emergence of ISIS as a transnational insurgent movement, the success of their summer campaign in northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria, and U.S. policy options. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,Syria,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43720.pdf

Discusses selected legal questions raised by the use of military force against ISIS including the extent of presidential authority to use military force without congressional approval, the applicability of the UN Charter to U.S. military strikes in Syria or Iraq and more.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The “1033 Program,” Department of Defense Support to Law Enforcement

Categories: Congress,Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43701.pdf

Describes the background of the 1033 Program, by which the Department of Defense transferred surplus equipment to local law enforcement agencies for counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities, and congressional reporting requirements. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Take Further Actions to Prevent Sexual Assault During Initial Military Training

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Sex Issues

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665632.pdf

Reports on efforts by the Air Force to implement 46 recommendations intended to prevent sexual assaults during basic training. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Supplemental Guidance to Military Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records Considering Discharge Upgrade Requests …

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Veterans

http://www.defense.gov/news/OSD009883-14.pdf

Press release about revised guidance to military boards regarding discharge records for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Calls for a comprehensive review of all materials and evidence presented by the petitioner for the purposes of upgrading discharges based on claims of previously unrecognized PTSD.  From the Defense Department

 

Remarks by the President to the American Legion National Convention

Categories: Defense/Military,Presidency,Veterans

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/26/remarks-president-american-legion-national-convention

Where he discusses, among other things, the scandal involving misconduct in delivering health care services to veterans.  From the White House

 

Militarization of Law Enforcement and the Department of Defense’s “1033 Program.”

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IN10138.pdf

Traces the recent history of militarizing police departments with the development of SWAT teams and the role of legislation which allows transfer of certain military equipment to local police departments.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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