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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Terrorism

Subtitled: History, Doctrine, Modus Operandi, and U.S. Policy to Degrade and Defeat Terrorism Conducted in the Name of Sunni Islam.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


Perspectives on Research in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence Relevant to DoD

Categories: Defense/Military,Science/Technology

Distinguishes between artificial intelligence—the ability of computers to perform tasks that humans do with their brains, and artificial general intelligence—the human-like ability to pursue long-term goals and purposes.  Assesses the promise and problems in developing such tools for military purposes.  From the JASON Program Office


Cabinet Exit Memos: Our Record of Progress and the Work Ahead

A series of memos from members of the Obama cabinet summarizing accomplishments over the past eight years and offering a vision for the country’s future.  Includes a cover letter from the president.   From the White House


Summary of an Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 Shipbuilding Plan

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Statistics

Analyzes the costs of carrying out the Navy’s plan to expand the fleet to 308 battle force ships over the next 30 years.  The average annual cost, estimated at about $21 billion, would be one-third more than the average amount spent on shipbuilding in recent decades.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Trends in Spending by the Department of Defense for Operation and Maintenance

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Govt Personnel,Statistics

The O&M portion is one of four main parts of the DoD budget which also includes compensation of personnel, developing and purchasing weapons, and building bases/facilities/housing.  O&M is the largest budget component and this study analyzes what it covers and why it is growing.  From the Congressional Budget Office


World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2016

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Headlines,Statistics

Presents statistical tables about military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, and related economic data for 170 countries from 2004 through 2014.  From the State Department


Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Headlines,Statistics

Provides Congress with official, unclassified data on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the U.S. and foreign countries for the preceding eight calendar years.  The U.S. retained its position as the leading arms supplier to the world in 2015, increasing its market share to 50.3%.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The U.S. Government’s Santa-Tracking Mission

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,History,Maps/Geography

Explains the history of how the Continental Air Defense Command got into the business of playing Santa Claus in 1955 because of an erroneous newspaper ad.  Also tries to sell some
GPO merchandise.  From the Government Publishing Office’s Government Book Talk Blog


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