Reviews: New Reports from CRS

By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, January 5, 2012, 5:19 PM

Over at Secrecy News, Steve Aftergood has posted a bunch of new CRS reports of interest to readers of this blog:

With the formal ending of the U.S. war in Iraq on December 15, 2011, the Congressional Research Service has produced an updated report on U.S. Periods of War and Dates of Current Conflicts (pdf).

“Confusion can occur because beginning and ending dates for ‘periods of war’ in many nonofficial sources are often different from those given in treaties and other official sources of information, and armistice dates can be confused with termination dates,” the December 28, 2011 CRS report said.

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Some other noteworthy new or newly updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following (all pdf).

Director of National Intelligence Statutory Authorities: Status and Proposals,” December 16, 2011

The National Security Council: An Organizational Assessment, December 28, 2011

Terrorism Information Sharing and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Report Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress, December 28, 2011

The Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team (E-IBCT) Programs: Background and Issues for Congress, December 27, 2011