Anti-Money Laundering, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service provides a comprehensive overview of government efforts to combat money-laundering, discussing the scope of the money-laundering problem, the strategies employed to combat it, and the resources that have been made available for that purpose. The US government has provided anti-money laundering support to more than 100 countries. […]

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Deterring, and Relying Upon, Russia

In confronting Russia and rebutting its claims, the United States is hampered by unnecessary or inappropriate classification of national security information, according to former Pentagon official and Russia specialist Evelyn Farkas. “We are not very good at declassifying and reclassifying information that is not propaganda, showing pictures of what the Russians are doing,” Dr. Farkas […]

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Iran Policy and the European Union, & More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Iran Policy and the European Union, CRS Insight, February 27, 2017 The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, updated February 27, 2017 The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. Policy, updated February 28, 2017 Military Retirement: Background and Recent Developments, updated […]

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37 Leak Cases Were Reported to Dept of Justice in 2016

Executive branch agencies submitted 37 “crimes reports” to the Department of Justice last year regarding leaks of classified information. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, wrote Patricia Matthews of the DOJ National Security Division, “We have conducted a search of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.  A records search of that Section […]

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Army Intelligence: A Look to the Future

Collection of more intelligence-related information does not necessarily translate into better intelligence. “Because of limitations associated with human cognition, and because much of the information obtained in war is contradictory or false, more information will not equate to better understanding.” What makes that sensible observation doubly interesting is that it was written by Lt.Gen. H.R. […]

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Leaks and the Law, & More from CRS

There is no law that categorically prohibits all leaks of classified (or unclassified) information. Instead, there is a patchwork of statutes that outlaw some unauthorized disclosures under some circumstances. The various statutes that have been used to punish leaks of classified information are surveyed in a new publication from the Congressional Research Service. See The […]

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Geospatial Engineering in the US Army

The discipline of geospatial engineering and its role in U.S. military operations are described in a newly updated U.S. Army publication. “Geospatial engineering is an art and a science that pertains to the generation, management, analysis, and dissemination of geospatial information that is accurately referenced to a precise location on the earth and is used […]

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Two Views of the Open Skies Treaty

Russian surveillance of military facilities under the Open Skies Treaty is problematic for the security of U.S. nuclear forces, a U.S. Air Force general told Congress last year. No, it is not, a U.S. Navy admiral said. Those two disparate views were offered in response to a question for the record from Rep. Mike Coffman […]

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A Primer on the European Union, and More from CRS

How does the European Union work? Does the EU Have a foreign policy? What is the Schengen Area? I don’t know, but Kristin Archick of the Congressional Research Service does. See her newly updated report on The European Union: Questions and Answers, updated February 21, 2017. Other noteworthy new or updated publications from the Congressional […]

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The Essential Judge Gorsuch, & More from CRS

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is the author of more than 800 legal opinions. “This provides an enormous–and perhaps unwieldy–body of law for those interested in learning about Judge Gorsuch’s approach to judging,” the Congressional Research Service says. To make it easier to assess that record, CRS has produced a listing of notable […]

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