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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Trump Administration’s March 2017 Defense Budget Proposals: Frequently Asked Questions

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

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44806.pdf

Responds to seven questions including whether the defense spending proposals would comply with current Budget Control Act limits on defense spending.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Defense Primer: Command and Control of Nuclear Forces

Categories: Defense/Military,Nuclear Arms,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF10521.pdf

One of a recent series of brief reports on the Defense Department and how it operates.  This particular report discusses how the U.S. Nuclear Command and Control System operates, the options available for nuclear use, and the time limits within which such decisions might have to be made.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

An Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 Shipbuilding Plan

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52324-shipbuildingreport.pdf

Estimates that the cost of the plan—an average of about $21 billion per year for 30 years—would be $5 billion than the average funding the Navy received in recent decades.  The plan calls for expanding the fleet of battle force ships from 272 to 308.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

The Al-Qaeda Organization and the Islamic State Organization

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Terrorism

http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/download.cfm?q=1339

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

https://fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/ai-dod.pdf

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

https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet/exit-memos

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52324-shipbuildingsummary.pdf

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

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/reports/52156-omchartbook.pdf

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

 

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