Independent Bids for President, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from online public distribution include the following. Independent Bids for President, CRS Legal Sidebar, January 6, 2016 The Presidential Nominating Process and the National Party Conventions, 2016: Frequently Asked Questions, updated December 30, 2015 H.R. 1927: Congress Proposes Additional Prerequisite for Class-Action […]

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The Domestic Role of the American Military

The role of armed forces in an open society may be likened to a potent medicine that is life-saving in the proper dosage but lethal beyond a certain proportion. Military forces have proved to be indispensable for securing the political space in which free institutions can flourish, but they may also trample or destroy those […]

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DoD Seeks FOIA Exemption for Military Doctrine

The Department of Defense proposed a new exemption from the Freedom of Information Act last year for information on unclassified “military tactics, techniques and procedures.” The measure was not adopted by Congress in the FY 2016 defense authorization act, but DoD is preparing to pursue it again this year. The proposal that was submitted to […]

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The Presidential Nominating Process, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from online public distribution include the following. The Presidential Nominating Process and the National Party Conventions, 2016: Frequently Asked Questions, updated December 30, 2015 Need-Tested Benefits: Estimated Eligibility and Benefit Receipt by Families and Individuals, December 30, 2015 Federal Reserve: Oversight and […]

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Intelligence Support to Urban Military Operations

To the eyes of a military planner, a city presents “an elaborate combination of horizontal, vertical, interior, and exterior forms superimposed on a landscape’s natural relief, drainage, and vegetation.” A newly reissued U.S. Army manual contemplates the difficulties facing military action in the urban environment with a focus on intelligence collection. See Intelligence Support to […]

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Data Breach Notification Laws, and More from CRS

New and updated reports that were issued by the Congressional Research Service last week include the following. Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation: Selected Legal Issues, December 28, 2015 Sex Discrimination and the United States Supreme Court: Developments in the Law, December 30, 2015 The Budget Control Act of 2011 as Amended: Budgetary Effects, December […]

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US Dominates Global Arms Sales: CRS

Last year, the United States led the world in arms sales, tallying up $36.2 billion in worldwide arms transfer agreements. Russia took second place with $10.2 billion in arms transfer agreements, out of a global total of $71.8 billion in 2014. This information, and much more on the subject, was presented in a new report […]

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Does Building Foreign Military Capacity Help?

The notion that the U.S. should strengthen the military capabilities of foreign partners so that they could assume increased responsibility for regional security is critically examined in a major new report from the Congressional Research Service. The approach known as Building Partner Capacity (BPC) “has increased in prominence within U.S. strategy, arguably becoming a central […]

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U.S. Navy Ship and Sub Programs: CRS Updates

The Congressional Research Service has updated several of its reports on Navy ship and submarine programs: Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, December 17, 2015 Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress, December 17, 2015 Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for […]

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Army Terminology and Military Symbols

Military terms and symbols that are used by the U.S. Army have been compiled in an updated reference manual, along with acronyms and abbreviations. See ADRP 1-02, Terms and Military Symbols, December 2015. Intended to foster a common vocabulary, the manual can also help outsiders to interpret distinctive Army expressions and patterns of speech. The […]

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