- Inform the commander
- Describe the operational environment
- Identify, define, and nominate objectives
- Support planning and execution of operations
- Counter adversary deception and surprise
- Support friendly deception efforts
- Assess the effectiveness of operations
John F. Sargent Jr.
Specialist in Science and Technology Policy
Congressional Research Service
June 29, 2018
Comment and key graphic from report below the fold.
The report addresses the use of executive orders, record preservation and clemency actions by the outgoing Administration, as well as cybersecurity, budget preparation, political appointments, and so forth. Essential reference.
See “Trump Will Have Wide Latitude to Let Family Into Government’s Secret Circles” by Mark Landler, New York Times, November 16.
U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Recent Conflicts, updated September 29, 2016
The amount of money sent by migrants in the U.S. to their home countries exceeded $432 billion in 2015, which is larger than official development assistance and more stable than private capital flows to these countries. See Remittances: Background and Issues for Congress, updated May 9, 2016.
Tip of the Hat to Secrecy News and Steven Aftergood.
DEFENSE REFORM: YES, BUT HOW?
There is widespread dissatisfaction with the organization and performance of the Department of Defense, a new Congressional Research Service report says, but no consensus on what to do about it. Driving the current debate, CRS says, are questions such as:
What are the constitutional limits on police use of force? What remedies are available when those limits are exceeded? And in light of recent episodes of police violence, how might the limits and the remedies be modified? Those questions are addressed in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.
Some 60 nations and partner organizations have made commitments to help counter the Islamic State with military forces or resources, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. But coalition efforts suffer from a lack of coherence, CRS said. “Without a single authority responsible for prioritizing and adjudicating between different multinational civilian and military lines of effort, different actors often work at cross-purposes without intending to do so.”
The below newly-acquired Congressional Research Service (CRS) have been received from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and are now catalogued and accessible here.