Selected Docs on Military Policy

06.19.06 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

“The alteration of official DoD imagery by persons acting for or on behalf of the Department of Defense is prohibited,” advises a new Pentagon Instruction. See “Alteration of Official DoD Imagery” (pdf), DoD Instruction 5040.05, June 6, 2006.

“The days of total air superiority by friendly forces are over. Our potential enemies now may have as many or more aircraft than we do,” according to a new Army correspondence course on defending against attacks from the air. “Our potential enemies will gain air superiority over sectors of the battlefield for certain periods…. Successful small arms defense against air attack is an essential element of survival on the battlefield.” See “Small Arms Defense Against Air Attack” (pdf), US Army Air Defense Artillery School, May 2006.

Some recent Congressional Research Service items include:

“Peacekeeping and Related Stability Operations: Issues of U.S. Military Involvement” (pdf), updated May 18, 2006.

“Periods of War” (pdf) (on the official beginning and ending dates of war), May 1, 2006.

And for no extra charge: “Net Neutrality: Background and Issues” (pdf), May 16, 2006.