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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Navy Shipbuilding: Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Virginia Issues

Describes challenges in U.S. shipbuilding programs, summarizes recommendations made by government financial experts in the past, reviews the outcomes and discrepancies in costs, quality and schedule in shipbuilding contracts over the past decade, and compares best practices with current Navy practices for addressing risks inherent in shipbuilding.  From the Government Accountability Office.


A Historical Survey of Ship Reactivations

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,History

Describes ways the size of the Navy’s fleet could be enlarged by reactivating decommissioned ships.  Draws on examples of past reactivations from the WWII period to the 1980s.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Artificial Intelligence and National Security

Categories: China,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Russia,Science/Technology

Reviews the international competition for advantage in the realm of artificial intelligence as applied to military matters and the related issues that Congress must decide.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


U.S. Nuclear Stockpile Total

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Nuclear Arms,Statistics

Reveals the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile at the end of 2017 and the number of nuclear weapons dismantled in 2017.  Also shows stockpile numbers annually since 1962 and the number of nuclear weapons dismantled annually since 1994.  From the Defense Department.



Military Service by Transgender Individuals

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Sex Issues

Report from a panel of experts which partially reinstates the ban on transgendered individuals serving in the U.S. military. Finds “substantial risk” associated with military service by individuals suffering from gender dysphoria and also bans military service for those “who require or have undergone gender transition.”  From the Defense Department


Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Categories: Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Russia,Syria

Examines the conflict, now in its 7th year, after the capture of Raqqah and the defeat of the Islamic State and presents objectives for the near future including duration of the U.S. military presence, effectiveness of cooperation with Russia, and planning for a political settlement.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by


Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community: Statement for the Record

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Russia,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism,WMD—Unclassified-SSCI.pdf

Covers terrorism, transnational organized crime, cyber threats, WMD, and emerging, disruptive technologies.  Also covers threats by regions of the world.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Tobacco Product Use Among Military Veterans, United States, 2010-2015

Categories: Defense/Military,Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics,Veterans

Finds that nearly 30% of veterans use tobacco products, a much higher percentage than among the adult population at large, with cigarettes the most common product used.  Also covers tobacco quit ratios.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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