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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Air Force Aviation Investment, and More from CRS

The U.S. Air Force is attempting to develop and procure multiple major aircraft systems at the same time, generating programmatic and budgetary uncertainty. “The United States Air Force is in the midst of an ambitious aviation modernization program, driven primarily by the age of its current aircraft fleets,” a new report from the Congressional Research […]

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Reducing Chronic Homelessness, and More from CRS

The number of chronically homeless persons in the U.S. dropped from more than 120,000 in 2008 to around 84,000 in 2014, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The federal government has undertaken to end chronic homelessness by 2017. “One of the reasons that federal programs have devoted resources to ending chronic homelessness […]

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Protecting the 2020 Census from Fraud

The national census in 2020 will be the first to rely primarily on the Internet for collecting census data, thereby creating new avenues for fraud and disruption. A new report from the JASON scientific advisory panel describes the problem and outlines some solutions. Why would anyone want to interfere with the constitutionally-mandated census, which maps […]

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Competencies of Intelligence Community Employees

Employees of the U.S. intelligence community are expected to be bold, innovative and imbued with moral courage. At least, those are the desired qualities that are defined in a series of Intelligence Community Standards (ICS) first issued in 2008 that have just been released under the Freedom of Information Act. Even a non-supervisory employee at […]

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Principles for Implementing IC IT Enterprise

The guiding principles for implementing and operating the Intelligence Community (IC) Information Technology Enterprise (ITE) were set forth in a 2013 memorandum¬†from the Director of National Intelligence that was recently released under the Freedom of Information Act. The purpose of IC ITE (pronounced “eye sight”) is to establish a common information architecture for the entire […]

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DoD Stresses Importance of Public Affairs

A newly updated Department of Defense publication affirms the importance of public outreach, not simply as a gesture towards democratic governance, but also as an instrument of operational utility. “The US military has an obligation to communicate with its members and the US public, and it is in the national interest to communicate with international […]

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Visa Waiver Program, and More from CRS

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows foreign nationals from 38 countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The travelers must still present a valid passport and meet certain other requirements. There were 20 million visitors who entered the United States under this program in FY 2013. […]

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What to Expect from Paris Climate Talks, and More from CRS

The possible outcomes of the ongoing Paris climate change conference, and the challenges remaining to be overcome, are considered in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See International Climate Change Negotiations: What to Expect in Paris, December 2015, November 27, 2015. The shifting numbers of U.S. troops and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan […]

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