CRS

Covert vs. Clandestine: Defining Terms

The differences between “covert action” performed by the CIA and “clandestine activities” conducted by the military, as well as the distinct legal frameworks and reporting requirements that govern them, are…

Read more

Use of Armed Forces to Secure the Border

The legal framework governing the deployment and use of armed forces to guard the US border with Mexico is surveyed in a new publication from the Congressional Research Service. See …

Read more

Status of the Smart Grid, and More from CRS

The “smart grid” refers to an ongoing modernization of the nation’s electrical power system that makes it possible to dynamically allocate power and optimize system operation. It’s a work in…

Read more

A Primer on US Trade Policy, and More from CRS

As Trump Administration trade policies generate national and global repercussions, the fundamentals of trade are presented in a new report from the Congressional Research Service to help understand…

Read more