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  • FY2024 NDAA: Summary of Funding Authorizations (CRS)

    7/31/23
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  • [Archived] IN11861|Nonprofit Security Grant Program: Summary and Potential Issues for Congress (CRS)

    1/26/23
  • [Archived] IN11973|FY2023 NDAA: Selective Service and Draft Registration (CRS)

    1/12/23
  • [Archived] IN11991|FY2023 NDAA: TRICARE for Reservists (CRS)

    1/12/23
  • [Archived] IN11998|FY2023 NDAA: Military Child Care Programs (CRS)

    1/17/23
  • 2022 Nuclear Posture Review: Selected Programmatic Issues (CRS)

    03/24/23
  • 2023 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Evolution of a Strategic Review (CRS)

    6/22/23
  • Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy (CRS)

    02/28/23
  • Armed Drones: Evolution as a Counterterrorism Tool (CRS)

    3/10/2023
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Section 7001 Report on Future Studies and Projects (CRS)

    05/18/23
  • Army Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • AUKUS Pillar 2: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    6/20/23
  • Bahrain: Issues for U.S. Policy (CRS)

    03/24/23
  • Buying American: The Berry and Kissell Amendments (CRS)

    1/20/23
  • CFIUS Executive Order on Evolving National Security Risks and CFIUS Enforcement Guidelines (CRS)

    05/26/23
  • China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    05/15/23
  • Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • Comparing DHS Component Funding, FY2023: In Brief (CRS)

    1/10/23
  • Concurrent Receipt of Military Retired Pay and Veteran Disability: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    6/22/23
  • Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Congressional Notification Requirements (CRS)

    7/10/2023
  • COVID-19: Potential Implications for International Security Environment—Overview of Issues and Further Reading for Congress (CRS)

    05/17/23
  • Deep Fakes and National Security (CRS)

    4/17/2023
  • Defense Health Primer: Selected Contraceptive Services (CRS)

    2/17/2023
  • Defense Primer: Acquiring Specialty Metals and Sensitive Materials (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • Defense Primer: Defense Support of Civil Authorities (CRS)

    1/3/23
  • Defense Primer: Department of Defense Civilian Employees (CRS)

    2/6/23
  • Defense Primer: Department of Defense Contractors (CRS)

    1/17/23
  • Defense Primer: Department of the Navy (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Defense Primer: Directed-Energy Weapons (CRS)

    05/18/23
  • Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Defense Primer: Intelligence Support to Military Operations (CRS)

    05/12/23
  • Defense Primer: International Armaments Cooperation (CRS)

    06/09/23
  • Defense Primer: LGM-35A Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (CRS)

    1/10/23
  • Defense Primer: Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Contracts (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • Defense Primer: Military Installations Management (CRS)

    1/23/23
  • Defense Primer: National Security Space Launch (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Defense Primer: Naval Forces (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Defense Primer: Procurement (CRS)

    1/20/23
  • Defense Primer: Reserve Forces (CRS)

    1/17/23
  • Defense Primer: Strategic Nuclear Forces (CRS)

    05/19/23
  • Defense Primer: The Berry and Kissell Amendments (CRS)

    1/20/23
  • Defense Primer: The Military Departments (CRS)

    1/9/23
  • Defense Primer: The National Technology and Industrial Base (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • Defense Primer: The United States Space Force (CRS)

    3/15/2023
  • Defense Primer: U.S. Defense Industrial Base (CRS)

    4/17/2023
  • Defense Primer: U.S. Policy on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (CRS)

    05/15/23
  • Department of Defense Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CRS)

    4/17/2023
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2023 Provisions (CRS)

    06/02/23
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: Abortion Policy (CRS)

    3/20/2023
  • DHS Budget Request Analysis: FY2024 (CRS)

    4/4/2023
  • DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy FY2024 Appropriations (CRS)

    4/4/2023
  • Economic Development Conveyances for BRAC Properties (CRS)

    04/13/23
  • Energy and Water Development Appropriations for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation: In Brief (CRS)

    04/19/23
  • Foreign Government Employment by Armed Services Retirees (CRS)

    1/5/23
  • FY2023 NDAA: Military Abortion Policies (CRS)

    3/21/2023
  • FY2024 Budget Request for the Military Health System (CRS)

    4/10/2023
  • FY2024 Defense Budget Request: Context and Selected Issues for Congress (CRS)

    5/31/23
  • FY2024 Defense Budget Request: Strategic Missile Programs (CRS)

    06/12/23
  • FY2024 NDAA: Basic Needs Allowance and Military Food Insecurity (CRS)

    7/10/2023
  • FY2024 NDAA: Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Matters (CRS)

    7/24/23
  • FY2024 NDAA: Military Child Care Programs (CRS)

    7/17/23
  • FY2024 NDAA: Status of Legislative Activity (CRS)

    7/31/23
  • Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress (CRS)

    05/16/23
  • HIV/AIDS in the Military (CRS)

    3/21/2023
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Cybersecurity (CRS)

    4/10/2023
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Federalism (CRS)

    06/16/23
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Government Reorganization (CRS)

    3/20/2023
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Intelligence (CRS)

    05/15/23
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Oversight (CRS)

    4/3/2023
  • HSA@20 Episode Companion: Personnel (CRS)

    03/24/23
  • Hypersonic Missile Defense: Issues for Congress (CRS)

    05/02/23
  • India-U.S.: Major Arms Transfers and Military Exercises (CRS)

    6/29/23
  • Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2023 (CRS)

    06/07/23
  • Intelligence Community Spending Trends (CRS)

    1/9/23
  • Introduction to Veterans Health Care (CRS)

    6/28/23
  • Iran and Nuclear Weapons Production (CRS)

    4/14/23
  • Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations (CRS)

    4/12/2023
  • Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) (CRS)

    3/13/2023
  • Legal Challenges to the Terrorist Screening Database (CRS)

    7/20/23
  • Marine Corps Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Military Construction: Authorities and Processes (CRS)

    4/28/23
  • Military Jurisdiction over Retired Servicemembers (CRS)

    4/5/2023
  • Military Medical Malpractice and the Feres Doctrine (CRS)

    04/25/2023
  • Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources (CRS)

    1/25/23
  • Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy Contracting in Defense Acquisition: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/30/23
  • National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies (CRS)

    3/14/2023
  • Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    4/20/23
  • Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/31/23
  • Navy Constellation (FFG-62) Class Frigate Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    3/27/2023
  • Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    3/27/2023
  • Navy DDG(X) Next-Generation Destroyer Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    04/13/23
  • Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    3/27/2023
  • Navy John Lewis (TAO-205) Class Oiler Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    3/27/2023
  • Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    4/17/2023
  • Navy Light Replenishment Oiler (TAOL) (Previously Next-Generation Logistics Ship [NGLS]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    4/20/23
  • Navy LPD-17 Flight II and LHA Amphibious Ship Programs: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    4/17/2023
  • Navy Medium Landing Ship (LSM) (Previously Light Amphibious Warship [LAW]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    04/13/23
  • Navy Next-Generation Attack Submarine (SSN[X]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Navy Next-Generation Logistics Ship (NGLS) Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress (CRS)

    02/28/23
  • Navy Shipboard Lasers: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    4/21/23
  • Navy TAGOS-25 (Previously TAGOS[X]) Ocean Surveillance Shipbuilding Program: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    03/28/23
  • New FCC Rules Ban Authorizations for Equipment Posing National Security Risks (CRS)

    1/11/23
  • New Zealand-U.S. Relations (CRS)

    6/28/23
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons and Missile Programs (CRS)

    4/14/23
  • PATRIOT Air and Missile Defense System for Ukraine (CRS)

    1/18/23
  • Pipeline Physical Security: Federal Efforts (CRS)

    05/11/23
  • Previewing NATO’s 2023 Vilnius Summit (CRS)

    7/5/23
  • Reauthorization of Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (CRS)

    03/17/23
  • Repurposing 3.1-3.55 GHz Spectrum: Issues for Congress (CRS)

    3/16/2023
  • Rules and Statutes Relevant to Safeguarding Classified Materials (CRS)

    2/3/23
  • Russia’s Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) (CRS)

    3/13/2023
  • Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program: Frequently Asked Questions (CRS)

    7/24/23
  • Statutory Restrictions on the Use of Journalists for Intelligence Purposes (CRS)

    5/1/23
  • The Armed Forces Retirement Home (CRS)

    4/20/23
  • The Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) (CRS)

    3/15/2023
  • The Army’s M -10 Booker (formerly known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF)) System (CRS)

    6/22/23
  • The Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) System (CRS)

    04/06/23
  • The Army’s Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) (CRS)

    3/16/2023
  • The Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) (CRS)

    3/14/2023
  • The Army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Program (CRS)

    4/3/2023
  • The Army’s XM-30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (Formerly Known as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle [OMFV]) (CRS)

    6/27/23
  • The Department of Homeland Security: A Primer (CRS)

    3/21/2023
  • The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (CRS)

    3/16/2023
  • The Feres Doctrine: Congress, the Courts, and Military Servicemember Lawsuits Against the United States (CRS)

    4/5/2023
  • The Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) (CRS)

    3/13/2023
  • The National Cybersecurity Strategy-Going Where No Strategy Has Gone Before (CRS)

    3/8/2023
  • The National Cybersecurity Strategy—Going Where No Strategy Has Gone Before (CRS)

    7/17/23
  • The Pacific Deterrence Initiative: A Budgetary Overview (CRS)

    1/9/23
  • The President’s Authority to Use the National Guard or the Armed Forces to Secure the Border (CRS)

    06/15/23
  • The Protection of Classified Information: The Legal Framework (CRS)

    2/2/23
  • The Purple Heart: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    2/17/2023
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Section-by-Section Summary (CRS)

    06/05/23
  • The U.S. Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) System (CRS)

    06/06/2023
  • The U.S. Army’s Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) (CRS)

    03/31/23
  • The U.S. Army’s Strategic Mid-Range Fires (SMRF) System (Formerly Mid-Range Capabilities [MRC] System) (CRS)

    04/06/23
  • The U.S. Marine Corps Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) (CRS)

    03/28/23
  • TikTok: Recent Data Privacy and National Security Concerns (CRS)

    03/29/23
  • Transfer of Defense Articles: U.S. Sale and Export of U.S.-Made Arms to Foreign Entities (CRS)

    03/23/23
  • Transferring Fighter Aircraft to Ukraine: Issues and Options for Congress (CRS)

    03/17/23
  • TRICARE’s Next Generation Contracts: T-5 (CRS)

    4/21/23
  • Turkey (Türkiye): Possible U.S. F-16 Sale (CRS)

    2/16/23
  • Turkey (Türkiye): Possible U.S. Sale of F-16 Aircraft (CRS)

    05/09/2023
  • U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Transformation (PTT) (CRS)

    1/18/23
  • U.S. Armed Forces Abroad: Selected Congressional Votes Since 1982 (CRS)

    05/25/23
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works: Primer and Resources (CRS)

    03/02/23
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: FY2023 Appropriations (CRS)

    4/20/23
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: FY2024 Appropriations (CRS)

    4/3/2023
  • U.S. Army’s Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) System (CRS)

    05/09/2023
  • U.S. Defense Infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    06/06/2023
  • U.S. Intelligence Community Establishment Provisions (CRS)

    02/28/23
  • U.S. Marine Corps Force Design 2030 Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress (CRS)

    6/30/23
  • Veterans and Homelessness (CRS)

    4/12/2023
  • Veterans-Related Education Legislation Enacted in the 117th Congress (CRS)

    3/16/2023
  • Wagner Group Mutiny in Russia (CRS)

    6/28/23
  • War Powers Resolution: Expedited Procedures in the House and Senate (CRS)

    6/22/23
  • What Is “Political Warfare”? (CRS)

    1/9/23
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