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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program: 2016 Annual Report to Congress

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,WMD

http://fas.org/irp/threat/cbw/cbd-2016.pdf

Describes the Defense Department’s research and development activities designed to protect the American people against the effects of biological and chemical agents.  Released via the Freedom of Information Act.  From the Department of Defense, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

 

Procedures for Approving Direct Action Against Terrorist Targets Located Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Presidency,Science/Technology,Terrorism

https://www.justice.gov/oip/foia-library/procedures_for_approving_direct_action_against_terrorist_targets/download

18 page document dating from 2013, declassified under court order in August 2016, that sets out the role of the president in approving the use of drones or other weapons to target terrorist suspects overseas.  The guidelines also provide rules for targeting U.S. citizens abroad, guidance on what to do with captured terrorist suspects, and a preference for capture options over lethal action against terrorists.  From the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy FOIA Library

 

Joint Operating Environment 2035: The Joint Force in a Contested and Disordered World

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Nuclear Arms

http://fas.org/man/eprint/joe2035.pdf

Military thinking on how the U.S. can protect itself in a world occupied by other countries with competitive nuclear forces.  Calls for National Strategic Deterrence or leveraging layered missile defenses to complicate adversary nuclear planning.  From the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Sex Issues,Women

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44321.pdf

Discusses the differences in how these terms are used in civilian and military contexts.  Also examines how the inclusion of racial and ethnic groups, women, and LGBT individuals has evolved in the Armed Forces. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

A Profile of Military Undergraduates: 2011-12

Categories: Defense/Military,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Veterans

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016415.pdf

Covers military students’ demographic and enrollment characteristics and examines their use of Veterans’ education benefits, especially after the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Also allows for comparisons between military and non-military students. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Iraq Inquiry

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,Headlines,History,Iraq

http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/the-report/

Also known as the Chilcot Report.  Longer than War and Peace and seven years in preparation, the report, in twelve volumes, reviews the reasons Britain joined the U.S. in invading Iraq, examines the conduct of the war and the reconstruction of the country.  It finds flawed intelligence, questionable legal rationale, inadequate preparation, and exaggerated public statements.  From the Iraq Inquiry Website.

 

Iranian Capture of Riverine Command Boats

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Iran

https://www.foia.navy.mil/foia/webbas02.nsf/(vwwebpage)/home.htm?opendocument

U.S. Navy report on the errors and poor judgment which caused a Navy ship to be captured in Iranian waters in 2015.  From the Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act Office

 

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

 

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