Archive for June, 2011

New Government Report: Oman

Oman: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy

by Kenneth Katzman
Paperback, 15 pages, 2011, $15.00
ISBN: 1437987958

Contents: (1) Introduction; (2) Democratization and Human Rights: Election History; Broader Human Rights Issues: Freedom of Expression/Media; Labor Rights; Religious Freedom; Advancement of Women; Trafficking in Persons; 2011 Unrest: Dissatisfaction, but Not Hunger for Major Change; (3) Defense and Security Ties: U.S. Arms Sales and Other Security Assistance to Oman: Arms Purchases by Oman; U.S. Security Aid and Its Uses; Cooperation Against Islamic Militancy; Cooperation on Regional Stability: Iran; Iraq; Arab-Israeli Issues; Yemen; Other Cooperation Council For The Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Issues: Bahrain; (4) Economic and Trade Issues. Map and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 27, 2011 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Defense Department Cyberefforts

Defense Department Cyberefforts: More Detailed Guidance Needed to Ensure Military Services Develop Appropriate Cyberspace Capabilities

by Davi M. D’Agostino
Paperback, 35 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987923

The U.S. military depends heavily on computer networks, and potential adversaries see cyberwarfare as an opportunity to pose a significant threat at low cost — a few programmers could cripple an entire information system. The Department of Defense (DoD) created the U.S. Cyber Command to counter cyber threats, and tasked the military services with providing support. This report examined the extent to which DoD and the U.S. Cyber Command have identified for the military services the: (1) roles and responsibilities; (2) command and control relationships; and (3) mission requirements and capabilities to enable them to organize, train, and equip for cyberspace operations. Includes recommend. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 27, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Has Taken Action Designed to Identify and Address Overlaps and Gaps in Infrastructure Security Activities

by Stephen L. Caldwell
Paperback, 29 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987907

This report reviews the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) framework for securing critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR), and subsequent agency comments. The report provides information on: (1) how DHS coordinates with CIKR stakeholders to identify overlaps and gaps in CIKR security activities across all sectors; (2) how DHS addresses these potential overlaps in CIKR security activities; and (3) how DHS addresses CIKR security gaps. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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June 27, 2011 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Public Radio and the Role of Federal Funding

Public Radio and the Role of Federal Funding

by Mark Goldstein
Paperback, 26 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987188

Info. on fed. funding used to support public radio. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives federal payments through the annual appropriate process. CPB distributes these federal payments in accordance with a statutory formula. Under this formula, the majority of each annual federal payment is distributed to public broadcasting TV and radio stations and program producers, such as National Public Radio (NPR), typically in the form of grants. This report addresses the following questions: (1) What are the missions of CPB, NPR, and local public radio stations? (2) What are the processes through which CPB receives federal payments and disburses them to grantees?; (3) What are NPR’s sources of revenue, both federal and non-federal?

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June 27, 2011 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Motor Vehicle Supply Chain

Motor Vehicle Supply Chain: Effects of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

by Bill Canis
Paperback, 16 pages, 2011, $15.00
ISBN: 1437987188

The March 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami devastated the northeast coast of Japan. The resulting destruction of several nuclear reactors in the region cut off electricity for homes and industry. Manufacturing facilities which are integral to the global motor vehicle supply chain were also affected. Some of these factories that were forced to close provided parts and chemicals not easily available elsewhere. Contents of this report: Introduction; Overview of the Motor Vehicle Industry; The U.S. Motor Vehicle Supply Chain; High Technology Components Change Manufacturing Dynamics; Events in Japan Affect U.S. Motor Vehicle Manufacturing and Retailing; What is the Near-Term Impact in the U.S.?

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June 27, 2011 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Review of the Use of Social media by the Department of State

Review of the Use of Social media by the Department of State

by Steven Waldman
Paperback, 17 pages, 2011, $15.00
ISBN: 1437987281

Given the rapid growth of social media worldwide in recent years, especially among young people, embassies are increasingly using social media as an important public diplomacy tool. From the beginning of her time in office, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has voiced support for the use of social media to communicate with people around the world. A May 2010 survey found that over half the U.S. missions had Facebook accounts, and a quarter had Twitter accounts. This sensitive but unclassified report examined the use of social media at 22 U.S. missions. Contents: Key Judgments; Context; Inspection Findings; Social Media Site Review Findings; Other Issues; Recommendations. This is a print on demand report.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Information Needs of Communities

Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age

by Steven Waldman
Paperback, 465 pages, 2011, $45.00
ISBN: 1437987265

In 2009, a bipartisan Knight Commission found that while the broadband age is enabling an information and community renaissance, local communities in particular are being unevenly served with critical information about local issues. Soon after the Knight Commission delivered its findings, the FCC initiated a working group to identify crosscurrent and trend, and make recommendations on how the information needs of communities can be met in a broadband world. This report by the FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities addresses the rapidly changing media landscape in a broadband age. Contents: Media Landscape; The Policy and Regulatory Landscape; Recommendations. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Antidumping and Countervailing Duties

Internal Migration in the United States

by Lauren Yager
Paperback, 65 pages, 2008, $25.00
ISBN: 1437904378

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been unable to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CV) duties. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce imposes these duties to remedy injurious unfair foreign trade practices (unfairly low prices or subsidies). The non-collection of AD/CV duties means that the U.S. government. has not fully remedied the unfair trade practices and bears a substantial loss of revenue. This report examines the: (1) nature and extent of uncollected AD/CV duties; (2) factors contributing to uncollected AD/CV duties and steps taken to address these factors; and (3) options for aiding duty collections. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Internal Migration in the United States

Internal Migration in the United States

by James H. Miller
Paperback, 126 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437987419

This report reviews patterns in migration within the U.S. over the past thirty years. Internal migration has fallen noticeably since the 1980s, reversing increases from earlier in the century. The decline in migration has been widespread across demographic and socioeconomic groups, as well as for moves of all distances. Although a convincing explanation for the secular decline in migration remains elusive and requires further research, the authors find only limited roles for the housing market contraction and the economic recession in reducing migration recently. Despite its downward trend, migration within the U.S. remains higher than that within most other developed countries. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests

by James H. Miller
Paperback, 126 pages, 2011, $35.00
ISBN: 1437987451

Invasions of non-native plants into forests of the Southern United States continue to go unchecked and only partially un-monitored. These infestations increasingly erode forest productivity, hindering forest use and management activities, and degrading diversity and wildlife habitat. Often called non-native, exotic, non-indigenous, alien, or noxious weeds, they occur as trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, and forbs. This guide provides information on accurate identification of the 56 non-native plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern States. In addition, it lists other non-native plants of growing concern. Illustrations. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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June 20, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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