Covert vs. Clandestine: Defining Terms

04.26.18 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

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 revisited in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

See Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief, April 25, 2018.

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made publicly available this week include the following.

Army Futures Command, CRS Insight, April 24, 2018

Australia, China, and the Indo-Pacific, CRS Insight, April 23, 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Act: A Legal Analysis, April 24, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions About Prescription Drug Pricing and Policy, updated April 24, 2018

Overview of “Travel Ban” Litigation and Recent Developments, CRS Legal Sidebar, updated April 23, 2018

Can Corporations be Held Liable under the Alien Tort Statute?, CRS Legal Sidebar, April 24, 2018

Cross-Border Data Sharing Under the CLOUD Act, April 23, 2018