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Australia

Description: This report discusses Australia's strategic alliance with the United States and their economic ties with China and ways these two interests may conflict. Relations between the U.S. and Australia and recent tensions between U.S. President Trump and Australian President Turnbull are also discussed.
Date: May 12, 2017
Creator: Vaughn, Bruce
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

End-Year DOD Contract Spending

Description: This report discusses the levels of year-end contract spending by defense agencies and reasons this occurs and possible wasteful spending practices.
Date: November 17, 2017
Creator: Schwartz, Moshe
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Defense Primer: Department of Defense Maintenance Depots

Description: This report discusses the Department of Defense's (DOD) maintenance depots which provide dedicated equipment repair for the military's vehicles, weapons systems, and electronics and provides the locations and services of each depot divided by each military service.
Date: November 7, 2017
Creator: Williams, Lynn M. & Purdy, Jason A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Defense Primer: Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Description: This report discusses the role of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and how the position fits into the organizational structure of the Defense Department.
Date: July 27, 2018
Creator: Gallo, Marcy E. & Schwartz, Moshe
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

North Korea's Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs

Description: This report discusses the rapid advancements North Korea has made in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs since 2012. Despite the absence of any missile launch activity or nuclear tests in 2018 to date, previous tests and official North Korean statements suggest that North Korea is striving to build a credible regional nuclear warfighting capability that might evade regional ballistic missile defenses. Such an approach likely reinforces their deterrent and coercive diplomacy strategy--lending more credibility as it demonstrates capability--but it also raises serious questions about crisis stability and escalation control. Congress may further examine these advances' possible effects on U.S. policy.
Date: August 2, 2018
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A. & Nikitin, Mary Beth D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S.-EU Trade and Economic Issues

Description: This report discusses U.S.-EU trade and economic relations, which currently face heightened tension, particularly due to the Trump Administration's trade policy, which is focusing on unilateral tariff measures under U.S. trade law and taking a critical view of the U.S. role in international economic cooperation. Given U.S.-EU historical joint leadership on global trade and economic issues, these developments could have implications for the rules-based international trading system, a foundation of the global economic order that has contributed to global economic growth and stability in the post-World War II era.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Akhtar, Shayerah Ilias
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Description: This report provides a brief description of the establishment, purposes, and organization of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Date: July 11, 2018
Creator: DeVine, Michael E. & Peters, Heidi M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S.-China Trade Issues

Description: This report provides background and analysis of U.S.-China commercial ties, including history, trends, issues, and outlook.
Date: August 2, 2018
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proposals to Impose Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Description: This report discusses sanctions the U.S. imposes against Russia. The United States imposes sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and entities for aggression against Ukraine, election interference, malicious cyber activity, human rights violations, weapons proliferation, and other activities. Some Members of Congress are proposing additional sanctions in response to continuing objectionable behavior by the Russian government. One proposal is to sanction new debt issued by the Russian government. If enacted, U.S. investors would be prohibited from buying or trading new Russian sovereign debt.
Date: August 6, 2018
Creator: Nelson, Rebecca M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Enforcing U.S. Trade Laws: Section 301 and China

Description: This report discusses the Trump Administration's decision to proceed with a Section 301 case against China's intellectual property rights (IPR) policies and their intent to impose 25% ad valorem tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products. It also looks at past use of Section 301 against China.
Date: August 2, 2018
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Iran's Ballistic Missile and Space Launch Programs

Description: This report provides an overview of the sociopolitical and economic situation in Iran, and discusses Iran's ballistic missile and space launch programs.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A. & Jabbari, Cyrus A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Defense Primer: Military Pay Raise

Description: This report discusses military pay raises and the annual statutory basic pay raise based on changes in the Employment Cost Index. It includes descriptions of information related to the topic along with a table of historical increases in basic pay.
Date: August 1, 2018
Creator: Kapp, Lawrence
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recent Trends in Active-Duty Military Deaths

Description: This report analyzes the circumstances of death for the 15,851 active-duty personnel and mobilized reservists who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces since 2006.
Date: June 1, 2018
Creator: Mann, Christopher T. & Fischer, Hannah
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Expedited Citizenship through Military Service

Description: This report discusses current law and policy regarding naturalization based on military service, controversy over deportation of veterans, and current legislative proposals.
Date: May 11, 2018
Creator: Kandel, William A. & Kapp, Lawrence
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Federal Quantum Information Science: An Overview

Description: This report provides an overview of quantum information science (QIS) technologies, including examples of their existing and future applications; brief summaries of funding and selected initiatives in research and development (R&D) in the United States and elsewhere around the world; a description of U.S. congressional activity; and a discussion of related policy considerations.
Date: July 2, 2018
Creator: Figliola, Patricia Moloney
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boko Haram and the Islamic State's West Africa Province

Description: This report discusses the terrorist group Boko Haram, including the history of the group, leadership and group divisions, objectives and areas of operation, capabilities, and relationships with other terrorist groups.
Date: June 28, 2018
Creator: Blanchard, Lauren Ploch & Cavigelli, Katia T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Intelligence Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Evaluation Process (IPPBE)

Description: This report describes the phases of the Intelligence Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Evaluation Process (IPPBE). The Intelligence Community (IC) uses IPPBE to identify requirements and allocate resources that produce IC capabilities (e.g., human intelligence, signals intelligence, and geospatial intelligence) throughout development and execution of the National Intelligence Program (NIP) and budget. The NIP addresses priorities described in national security-related strategy documents such as the National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) and Consolidated Intelligence Guidance (CIG).
Date: May 30, 2018
Creator: DeVine, Michael E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

Description: This report describes the creation, responsibilities, and authorities of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Date: May 1, 2018
Creator: DeVine, Michael E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Opioid Treatment Programs and Related Federal Regulations

Description: This report provides information on federal regulations regarding treatment for opioid addiction, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), opioid treatment programs (OTPs), and DATA-waived providers (DWPs).
Date: June 26, 2018
Creator: Duff, Johnathan H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Military Suicide Prevention and Response

Description: This report discusses suicide among military service members, including the scope of the issue, efforts previously taken to address it, and considerations for confronting the issue in the future.
Date: April 30, 2018
Creator: Kamarck, Kristy N. & McKinsey, Eva G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

CIA Ethics Education: Background and Perspectives

Description: This report discusses the ethics education of CIA officers. Topics include baseline approaches to ethics education, perspectives on intelligence ethics, personal standards of conduct, and principles of professional ethics.
Date: June 11, 2018
Creator: DeVine, Michael E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S.-EU Trade and Investment Ties: Magnitude and Scope

Description: This report provides background information and analysis on the trade and investment relationship between the United States and the European Union. It also discusses the EU economy and issues for Congress.
Date: July 20, 2018
Creator: Akhtar, Shayerah Ilias
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wildfire Statistics

Description: This report briefly covers statistics about wildfires, such as annual wildfires and acres burned and top five years with largest wildfires.
Date: August 2, 2018
Creator: Hoover, Katie
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department