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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

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