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“The Afghanistan Papers”

America’s longest war has been fought under the umbrella of misstatements and false reports. Such are the conclusions of The Afghanistan Papers, a trove of previously undisclosed interviews (more than 400) comprising thousands of pages. The frankness of these documents reveals the bitterness and resentment of many officials who have damned successive administrations for their involvement in this conflict, misleading the American public over the progress of this war.

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National Security Reports – November 2019 Update

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Watch the Impeachment Hearings Live

C-SPAN is providing complete coverage of the impeachment inquiry; it also will permanently archive the entire proceedings so they can be consulted at a later date.

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Forensic Science – OSAC

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science is a federal entity tasked with the development and promulgation of science-based standards/procedures that inform the field of forensic science. To that end, OSAC has disseminated various approved standards, established a 4000+ item lexicon to facilitate communication among the various agencies working in this sector, and has compiled a listing of research and development needs, highlighting areas in which further work is necessary. In addition, OSAC provides links to other organizations’ forensic science standards as well as publishing its own Standards Bulletin, a quarterly newsletter, and an annual report.

 

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National Security Reports – October 2019 Update

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Worldwide Use of Drones

The Drone Databook is the culmination of a year’s-long research project utilizing diverse sources to provide a snapshot of drone use in military and security sectors in 100 countries. The plethora of data include: timeline of international incidents involvingdrones (xiv); previous studies (xv); and selected satellite imagery of drone installations. Each country profile lists the make, model, class, and quantity of drones along with explanatory notes.

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College also produces additional work of vital importance in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles; CRS has generated numerous reports over the years on this topic. Of course, this topic is not just a United States concern:  here is a 2019 UK Parliament briefing on civilian drones and the European Parliament Think Tank has issued dozens of documents.

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National Security Reports – September 2019 Update

Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Health Care (FireEye); Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations (Just Security); NCHRP Research Report 930: Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies (National Academies Press); Disinformation and the 2020 Election (NYU); Are Spies More Trouble Than They Are Worth? (The New Yorker); Policing in the UK (UK Parliament Library); Computer Security Resource Center (NIST); Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends (RAND); U.S. Election Commission Cyber Hygiene Report (NormShield); Global Terrorism: Threat to the Homeland (House Committee on Homeland Security); Securing the Nation’s Internet Architecture (House Armed Services Committee); Another summer of flooding should be a wake-up call to redesign our communities (Brookings); Filling the Gap in Our Terrorism Statutes ;
(George Washington University); Other Travelers: American Jihadists Beyond Syria and Iraq (George Washington University);Surveying the Landscape of the American Far Right
(George Washington University); and Coordinated Strategic Plan to Advance Desalination for Enhanced Water Security(NIST).

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress; U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress (major report); DHS Border Barrier Funding; U.S. – China Relations; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Congress and the War in Yemen: Oversight and Legislation 2015-2019; and Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design(all CRS).

 

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