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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Military Officer Personnel Management: Key Concepts and Statutory Provisions

Categories: Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations

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

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

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

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

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


Report to Congress: Implementation Plan for Modernizing the Military Retirement System

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

Provides a short background on the current military retirement system and highlights of the new modernized system to be known as the Blended Retirement System, along with a legislative proposal to amend certain aspects of the new system.  Covers major changes including vesting eligibility and pay benefits.  From the Defense Department


Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Middle East Conflict,Russia,Turkey

Reviews the background of the coalition formation and the current 66 participants who are united in trying to degrade and ultimately defeat the Islamic State.  Also covers the legal basis and military aspects of the coalition.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Security Assistance and Cooperation: Shared Responsibility of the Departments of State and Defense

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Assistance,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Describes the shared responsibility where State provides oversight and general direction for military and security assistance programs, while Defense administers them.  Also describes how Congressional legislation and Executive directives have modified and refined these roles and current issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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