A New Category of Presidential Directives

Posted on December 14, 2017

President Trump created an entire new category of presidential directives to present his guidance for the U.S. space program. The new Space Policy Directive 1 was signed on December 11 and published in the Federal Register today. “President Donald Trum …


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Non-Immigrant Admissions to the US, and More from CRS

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There were 181.3 million foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States on a temporary basis in FY 2016 for reasons such as business or tourism. A new report from the Congressional Research Service “explains the statutory and regulatory provi …


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Pentagon Reaffirms Policy on Scientific Integrity

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“It is DoD policy to support a culture of scientific and engineering integrity,” according to a Department of Defense directive that was reissued last week. This is in large part a matter of self-interest, since the Department depends upon the availabi …


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Military Operations Face Growing Transparency

Posted on December 11, 2017

Soldiers and Marines fighting in populated urban environments have to assume that their actions are being closely monitored by the public, according to new military doctrine published last week. They need to have “an expectation of observation.” Increa …


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Foreign Agents Registration Act, and More from CRS

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“In the wake of the 2016 election, concerns have been raised with respect to the legal regime governing foreign influence in domestic politics,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. “The central law concerning the activities of t …


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Negotiating with North Korea: History and Options

Posted on December 6, 2017

The alternative to military conflict with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program is to advance some kind of negotiated settlement. But what would that be? And how could it be achieved? A new report from the Congressional Research Service summariz …


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US Air Force Updates Policy on Special Access Programs

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The US Air Force last month issued updated policy guidance on its “special access programs” (SAPs). Those are classified programs of exceptional sensitivity requiring safeguards and access restrictions beyond those of other categories of classified inf …


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How a Government Shutdown Works, and More from CRS

Posted on December 1, 2017

Short-term funding of the government is currently set to expire on December 8. If funding is not extended by Congress, then most government operations would have to cease. The processes and procedures by which such a shutdown would be executed, as well …


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Net Neutrality Revisited, and More from CRS

Posted on November 27, 2017

The principle of “net neutrality,” which requires telecommunications companies to provide equal, non-discriminatory access to the Internet, is likely to be weakened next month when the Federal Communications Commission takes up a proposal to modify Oba …


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Was Obama Administration the Most Transparent or the Least?

Posted on November 20, 2017

“After early promises to be the most transparent administration in history, the Obama administration turned out to be one of the most secretive,” wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan last year. Speaking at Harvard’s Shorenstein Cente …


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Contracting Adversary Aircraft, and More from CRS

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The US Air Force and Navy might choose to train their fighter pilots in simulations using enemy aircraft that are flown by contractors, the Congressional Research Service said in a new brief. “Particularly in the case of the Air Force, which has increa …


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Cybersecurity Resources, and More from CRS

Posted on November 16, 2017

A compilation of online documents and databases related to cybersecurity is presented by the Congressional Research Service in Cybersecurity: Cybercrime and National Security Authoritative Reports and Resources, November 14, 2017. Other new and updated …


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