from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 76
August 27, 2004
US CONTINUES TO LEAD WORLD IN ARMS SALES (CRS) The United States led the world in the sale of conventional weapons for the eighth year in a row, according to a report yesterday from the Congressional Research Service. "From 2000-2003, the United States made $35.8 billion in arms transfer agreements with developing nations, in constant 2003 dollars," according to the report, which also noted that overall arms sales declined substantially in 2003. The CRS report, authored by analyst Richard F. Grimmett, is revised and published annually. It is based in part on unspecified U.S. government data. "Grimmett's annual report is a definitive source for basic statistics and analysis of trends in global arms transfers," said Matthew Schroeder of the FAS Arms Sales Monitoring Project. CRS reports are not made directly available to the public. A copy was obtained by FAS. See "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1996-2003," August 26, 2004 (94 pages, 2.4 MB PDF file):
- US CONTINUES TO LEAD WORLD IN ARMS SALES (CRS)
- NEW CRS REPORTS ON SECRECY POLICY
- NEW CRS REPORTS ON INTELLIGENCE POLICY
- REMOVING TERRORIST SANCTUARIES (CRS)
- SENATOR ROBERTS' INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL
- FIRSTGOV FEATURES SECRECY NEWS
NEW CRS REPORTS ON SECRECY POLICYNew, previously unpublished Congressional Research Service reports on secrecy policy include the following: "Secrecy Versus Openness: New Proposed Arrangements for Balancing Competing Needs," updated August 26, 2004:
NEW CRS REPORTS ON INTELLIGENCE POLICYNew, previously unpublished Congressional Research Service reports on intelligence policy include: "Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Term Limits and Assignment Limitations," August 12, 2004:
REMOVING TERRORIST SANCTUARIES (CRS)U.S. efforts to shut down terrorist enclaves around the world are examined in another unpublished Congressional Research Service report, obtained by Secrecy News. "The 9/11 Commission identified six primary regions that serve or could serve as terrorist sanctuaries. These included Western Pakistan and the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region; southern or western Afghanistan; the Arabian Peninsula, especially Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and the nearby Horn of Africa, including Somalia and extending southwest into Kenya; Southeast Asia, from Thailand to the southern Philippines to Indonesia; West Africa, including Nigeria and Mali; and European cities with expatriate Muslim communities." "In all of these regions, the United States and its allies have mounted campaigns to deny safe havens for terrorists. This report analyzes current U.S. policies aimed at closing down sanctuaries in each of these countries and regions in light of the 9/11 Commission recommendations." See "Removing Terrorist Sanctuaries: The 9/11 Commission Recommendations and U.S. Policy," August 10, 2004:
SENATOR ROBERTS' INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILLSenator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, this week unveiled his vision of a reformed, restructured intelligence community. The controversial proposal would establish a national intelligence director and essentially eliminate the Central Intelligence Agency. The actual text of Sen. Roberts' draft bill has not been made widely available. It may be found here (139 pages, 240 KB PDF file) (thanks to J):
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