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Coup in Kyrgyzstan : Developments and Implications

By: Jim Nichol

Summary: Kyrgyzstan is a small and poor country that gained independence in 1991 with the breakup of the Soviet Union. It was long led by Askar Akayev -- who many observers warned was becoming increasingly autocratic -- but the country was still considered “the most open, progressive and cooperative in Central Asia,” according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. The United States has been interested in helping Kyrgyzstan to enhance its sovereignty and terri...

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China/Taiwan : Evolution of the One China Policy; Key Statements f...

By: Shirley A. Kan

Introduction: Questions about the “one China” policy arose again after Lee Teng-hui, then- President of Taiwan (also called the Republic of China (ROC)), characterized cross strait relations as “special state-to-state ties” on July 9, 1999. Beijing responded vehemently with calls for Lee to retract the perceived deviation from the “one China” policy and reiterated longstanding threats to use force if necessary to prevent a declaration of independence by Taiwan. The Peopl...

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Crs Report for Congress Received through the Crs Web Syria : Polit...

By: Alfred B. Prados

Summary: This report focuses on Syria’s internal politics and the impact of hostilities in Iraq on Syria’s stability and U.S.-Syrian relations. It outlines the development of the regime currently headed by President Bashar al-Asad and its support base; describes potential challenges to the regime; examines the effect of the Iraq war on Syrian domestic politics and U.S.-Syrian relations; and reviews U.S. policy options toward Syria. It will be updated when significant cha...

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Air Warfare

By: Michael E. Ryan

Foreword: Since the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, the airplane has continually evolved as an instrument of military and national power. Today, the proper employment of aerospace power is essential for success on and over the modern battlefield. In many instances it will be the military power of choice. Future advances in stealth, precision, and lethality will make aerospace power increasingly more effective at all levels of warfare across the range of militar...

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Terrorism in Southeast Asia

By: Bruce Vaughn

Excerpt: On December 17, 2004, Congressional legislation, that seeks to address the war against terrorism in ways that would affect its prosecution in Southeast Asia, became Public Law 108-458, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. P.L. 108-458 addresses a number of issues identified by the 9/11 Commission Report including the need to identify and eliminate terrorist sanctuaries, to increase engagement between America and Muslim peoples, to suppor...

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Arms Sales Monitor

Excerpt: What does it take to support a peace deal in the Middle East? Weapons, of course! Israel has said that in exchange for reaching a peace accord with Syria and withdrawing from the Golan Heights, it wants massive amounts of U.S. weaponry. Israel has reportedly presented the Pentagon with a $17 billion shopping list, including AWACS and Hercules aircraft, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, and Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits to make “smart” ...

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Bosnia and the European Union Military Force (Eufor) : Post-Nato T...

By: Julie Kim

Excerpt: On December 2, 2004, NATO formally concluded its Stabilization Force (SFOR) mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina and handed over peace stabilization duties to a European Union force (EUFOR). The mission of the EU’s Operation Althea is to ensure continued compliance with the Dayton peace agreement and contribute to a secure environment and Bosnia’s efforts towards European integration. The 7,000-strong operation constitutes the largest EU military mission to date. NATO ...

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Central Asia's Security : Issues and Implications for U. S. Interests

By: Jim Nichol

Introduction: The strategic Central Asian region bordering regional powers Russia, China, and Iran is an age-old east-west and north-south trade and transport crossroads. After many of the Soviet Union’s republics had declared their independence by late 1991, the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia followed suit. Since this largely unexpected beginning of independence, the Central Asian countries have taken some uneven steps in building defense and other securit...

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Malaysia: Political Transition and Implications for U.S. Policy

By: Bruce Vaughn

Excerpt: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad has indicated that he will turn over power to his Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi on October 31, 2003. This transition ends 22 years of rule by Mahathir and holds the prospect that bilateral relations between the United States and Malaysia could improve. The Malaysian Government has stressed that the change in leadership does not indicate significant changes in policy for Malaysia. Abdullah Badawi has yet to announce his ch...

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Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (Isr) : The...

By: Richard A. Best, Jr.

Excerpt: The ability to gather accurate and timely information on enemy forces is an essential enabler of modern military operations. Joint Vision 2010, the Pentagon’s “conceptual template...to achieve new levels of effectiveness in joint warfighting” specifically highlights the importance of achieving information dominance: “We must have information superiority: the capability to collect, process and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting or d...

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Foreign Affairs, Defense, And Trade Policy : Key Issues in the 107...

By: Valerie Bailey Grasso

Summary: Among the 107th Congress’ first orders of business will be dealing with the initiatives–both domestic and foreign policy–proposed by President Bush throughout his presidential campaign. The 2000 congressional campaigns suggested that the agenda of the 107th Congress will be largely domestic: Social Security, health care, education, taxes, and military pay were prominent in campaigns across America and on post-election news programs. Indeed, many issues discussed...

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2004 Consumer Action Handbook

Excerpt: Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC): Part of the Office of Citizen Services and Communications in the U.S. General Services Administration, FCIC is a one-stop source for consumer information from the federal government. The free Consumer Information Catalog lists more than 200 free and low-cost publications on topics such as cars, child care, education, federal benefits, money management, food and nutrition, health, housing and travel.

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A Social Network Analysis of the Iranian Government

By: Robert S. Renfro

Excerpt: Social networks describe the complex interrelations, both formal and informal, between individuals and groups. Modeling and analysis of social networks has many practical applications across an array of domains. These include government and military applications. An example is considered in detail for the Iranian government decision making process where relevant individuals and groups, their interactions, and their role in the decision-making process are explici...

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Nato Applicant States: A Status Report

By: Steven Woehrel

Excerpt: At the November 21-22, 2002 NATO summit in Prague, the allies invited Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to join NATO. Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia, which were also seeking NATO membership, were encouraged to continue their reform efforts. They were assured that more countries will be invited to join NATO in the future. The seven countries invited at Prague signed protocols of accession to the Alliance on March 26, 2003. The...

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Military Transformation: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

By: Judy G. Chizek

Excerpt: The Defense Department (DOD) indicates it has embarked on a huge effort, labeled “transformation,” to dramatically shift from a force prepared to fight the Soviet Union to a force suitable for 21st century adversaries, including entities who conduct or are otherwise associated with terrorism. A key component of this transformation is DOD’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability. If ISR does not meet the needs of the 21st century force, m...

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Terrorism and the Militarys Role in Domestic Crisis Management : B...

By: Jeffrey D. Brake

Introduction: The United States faces a wide range of national security threats, from intercontinental ballistic missiles to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)1 by terrorists. The debate over the seriousness of the various threats has intensified recently. Various studies and commissions have recommended far reaching changes in the approach to domestic preparedness and response to threats to the homeland. The threat of domestic terrorism has generated a wide ra...

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Crs Report for Congress Received through the Crs Web U. S. Foreign...

By: Jeremy M. Sharp

Summary: This report is an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to the Middle East from FY2002 to FY2005, and of the FY2006 budget request. It includes a brief history of aid to the region, a review of foreign aid levels, a description of selected country programs, and an analysis of current foreign aid issues. It will be updated periodically to reflect recent developments. For foreign aid terminology and acronyms, please see the glossary appended to this report.

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Propellant Components Gun Propulsion Cartridge Actuated Devices Pr...

Excerpt: Propellant Components: The major ingredients of modern military propellants are actually few. They consist of fuels, oxidizers and binders (polymers), and are fairly basic in their chemical nature and structure. The minor ingredients, used to assist or tie together the major ingredients, are more numerous and sometimes more complex. The interactions of these major and minor ingredients, when combined into a practical solid propellant, are especially complex. The...

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Principal Fortifications of the United States

By: Principal Fortifications of the United States

Excerpt: During the late 18th century and through much of the 19th century, army forts were constructed throughout the United States to defend the growing nation from a variety of threats, both perceived and real. Seventeen of these sites are depicted in a collection painted especially for the U.S. Capitol by Seth Eastman. Born in 1808 in Brunswick, Maine, Eastman found expression for his artistic skills in a military career. After graduating from the U.S. Military Acade...

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The Aeroplane Goes to Sea

By: Scot Macdonald

Excerpt: ‘The striking successes of carrier warfare in the Second World War are important in its own right, is the story of the evolution of sea-air power. The formative years began almost with the birth of the aircraft value of the newest weapon in its arsenal.’- James V. Forrestal, SecNav, First Article in a Series well known. Not so well known, but equally as a dominant segment in our military, for the Navy was prompt to assess the 1944-1947; SecDef, 1947-1949.

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