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AEI/Heritage Project for the Common Defense Weekly Read Board (Navy)

"Chinese DF-21 Arsenal: An Open-Source Assessment of What Its Fielded Composition Says About Its Likely Doctrinal Roles," by Jon Solomon (Information Dissemination, 11/10/14) "Senior Intel Officer Removed After Controversial Comments...Show More Summary

“No Fly” List to Offer Increased Transparency

The “no fly” list procedures that are used to prevent individuals who may present a security hazard from flying on commercial aircraft are being revised to make them more transparent and easier to challenge, government attorneys said Friday. Show More Summary

Joint Doctrine: Counterterrorism, and Countering WMD

New military doctrine from the Joint Chiefs of Staff “narrows the definition of counterterrorism” to focus on activities designed to neutralize terrorist networks. It excludes actions to “counter root causes” of terrorism, which have now been removed from the definition. Show More Summary

Wanted: Director of the Federal Register (Top Secret)

The National Archives is seeking a new Director of the Federal Register program, a position that requires a Top Secret security clearance. The Federal Register is sometimes described as the “daily newspaper” of the executive branch.Show More Summary

Executive Discretion in Immigration, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from public distribution include the following. Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview, November 10, 2014 FEMA’s Disaster Declaration...Show More Summary

Army Equipment Lost in Afghanistan (FOUO)

Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. Army equipment and supplies in Afghanistan have been lost or are unaccounted for, a report from the Department of Defense Inspector General said. “Since 2010, 309 forward operating basesShow More Summary

House and Senate Staff Pay, and More from CRS

New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following. Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013, November 3,Show More Summary

2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released

The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed yesterday, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Show More Summary

Intelligence Whistleblower Protections, and More from CRS

New publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Intelligence Whistleblower Protections: In Brief, October 23, 2014 Sexual Violence at Institutions...Show More Summary

Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case

Updated/corrected below A federal court yesterday denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit that the Obama Administration said involved state secrets. It appears to be the first time that such a motion for dismissal has ever been rejected in a state secrets case. Show More Summary

New HATS: Boeing & Thales Win Aussie Heli Training

EC135(click to view full) Australia’s 25-year, A$ 600 million Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 – Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) will replace the Navy’s Airbus AS350BA Ecureuils, and the Army’s Bell 206-B1 Kiowa fleet, with 15 new Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopters. They will provide basic training before pilots graduate to Australia’s S-70, MH-60R, MRH-90, or […]

Chancellor Merkel Denounces Russian Creeping Expansionism

Vladimir Putin is losing [Time] even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who pointed out [WSJ] during a speech in Sydney how Russian meddling is extending far beyond Ukraine: “This is not just about Ukraine. This is about Moldova, this is about Georgia, and if this continues then one will have to ask about Serbia and one […]

Pakistani army chief in first US visit

Pakistan’s army chief is holding talks with top US generals and officials this week in the first visit to the United States by the country’s powerful military commander in four years, officials said Monday. General Raheel Sharif’s trip comes against […]

Deal with Iran could end isolation but would it stop an arms race?

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program this week would be a historic step towards ending the country’s international isolation, but analysts remain divided on whether it would help stabilize the Middle East or even prevent a regional arms race. Having […]

Israel, Self Defense And Guns

There had been recent reports of Israelis arming up with baseball bats, knives and clubs in expectation of the coming “intifada.”  Then this happened. “They stormed the synagogue and shouted, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic and started killing people with axes and knives,” said a man in disbelief, holding his head in his hands. “They […]

The Large-Deck Carrier: Part 3

For previous installments, see Parts I and II Battleforce-Organic AEW: Keystone of Sea Control As important as carrier-based fighters will probably be to future U.S. Navy battleforce operations, the most indispensible air wing element will likely be battleforce-organic AEW aircraft. Show More Summary

US military looks for the elusive mothership

It’s a Hollywood sci-fi fantasy that has long eluded the Pentagon: a flying “mothership” that launches smaller aircraft. The Pentagon’s research agency put out a request to industry this month to outline how a large cargo plane could release drones […]

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