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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: January 5, 2016
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate program, a program to procure a large number of LCSs and modified LCSs (frigates). The Navy's execution of the program has been a matter of congressional oversight attention for several years.
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Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress

Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress

Date: January 5, 2016
Creator: Schwartz, Moshe
Description: This report examines (1) the extent to which the Department of Defense (DOD) effectively uses data to inform decisionmaking, (2) some of the critical elements needed for DOD to use data more effectively, (3) recent efforts to improve DOD's use of data, and (4) potential questions for Congress. This report focuses primarily (but not exclusively) on defense acquisitions as a case study.
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The Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress

The Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: December 31, 2015
Creator: Burrelli, David F.
Description: This report explores the history of the Purple Heart and changes in eligibility over time as well as several current issues facing Congress.
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Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: December 23, 2015
Creator: Kamarck, Kristy N.
Description: This report starts by giving an overview of recent research on diversity and organizational management. The next sections outline DOD's military personnel policies, processes and organizational structure for managing diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. Finally, the report examines how the concept of diversity and inclusion has evolved over the history of the Armed Forces and addresses some of the current legislative and policy issues related to diversity in the Armed Forces.
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Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007-2014

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2007-2014

Date: December 21, 2015
Creator: Theohary, Catherine A.
Description: This report provides Congress with official, unclassified, quantitative data on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the United States and foreign countries for the preceding eight calendar years for use in its policy oversight functions.
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A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense--Issues for Congress

A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense--Issues for Congress

Date: December 21, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report briefly describes the shift in the international security environment that some observers believe has occurred, and identifies some defense related issues for Congress that could arise from it. Congress's decisions on these issues could have significant implications for U.S. defense capabilities and funding requirements.
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Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress

Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC): Background and Issues for Congress

Date: December 3, 2015
Creator: Feickert, Andrew
Description: This report discusses issues surrounding the funding for development of Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC). The Marines are required by law to have the necessary equipment to conduct amphibious operations and land operations.
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Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2015

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2015

Date: December 1, 2015
Creator: Peters, Heidi M.; Schwartz, Moshe & Kapp, Lawrence
Description: This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed in support of prior and ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities--Background and Issues for Congress

China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities--Background and Issues for Congress

Date: November 23, 2015
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides background information and issues for Congress on China's naval modernization effort and its implications for U.S. Navy capabilities. Decisions that Congress reaches on this issue could affect U.S. Navy capabilities and funding requirements and the U.S. defense industrial base.
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The November 2015 Terrorist Siege in Mali

The November 2015 Terrorist Siege in Mali

Date: November 23, 2015
Creator: Blanchard, Lauren P.; Renard, Emily & Arieff, Alexis
Description: On November 20, 2015, gunmen laid siege to the Radisson Blu, a hotel popular with foreigners in Mali's capital, Bamako. This report discusses issues for Congress in the wake of the attack.
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