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The U.S. government provides useful nonclassified information on national security. Government sources include the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, along with such government agencies as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The U.S. Department of State's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism report, mandated by Congress and issued every spring (the latest version being Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003, April 2004), offers detailed assessments of significant terrorist acts. The report also highlights a watch list of countries that have repeatedly provided state support for international terrorism.
In addition to the Patterns report, the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organizations Designations are compiled every two years when the secretary of state designates, by mandate of Congress, approximately thirty groups as global terrorist organizations. Significant Incidents of Political Violence against Americans is another State Department report, published annually by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Intelligence and Threat Analysis. It examines terrorism-related acts and other instances of violence affecting Americans.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has an excellent educational institution that serves as a resource: the National Defense University (NDU), and in particular the NDU's Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS). The INSS's The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (2001) is a two-volume anthology on global security and defense issues. The institute's 2015 Project, which forecasted global defense and national security conditions through the year 2015, yielded the anthology 2015: Power and Progress, a good source on demographic, pollution, and resource stresses; coalitions; and information technology and warfare.
An extremely useful report from the DOD is Proliferation: Threat and Response (January 2001). The report updates information about the worldwide proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons with good figures and tables, especially concerning ballistic missile ranges, and focuses on DOD policies and programs countering such threats. The DOD's congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), also known as the Report of the Quadrennial Review, broadly describes future defense policies.
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, produces many documents relating to national security, especially those addressing domestic threats. One such document used in this book is Bioterrorism: Public Health and Medical Preparedness (2001), the testimony on October 9, 2001, of Janet Heinrich, director of Health Care-Public Health Issues, before the Senate's Subcommittee on Public Health, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
On preparations for potential domestic bioterrorism, the premier government source is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. CDC sources used in this book include "Biological and Chemical Terrorism: Strategic Plan for Preparedness and Response: Recommendations of the CDC Strategic Planning Workgroup," in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (April 2000) and A National Public Health Strategy for Terrorism Preparedness and Response, 2003–2008 (March 2004).
U.S. sources provide abundant information on illegal immigration that could affect national security. The former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), until early 2003 an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice but now rolled into the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security, publishes a number of useful titles. Its annual Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (2002) is a complete statistical resource on immigrants, illegal aliens, and refugees who come to the United States. Demographic data on the foreign-born population in the United States is available from the U.S. Census Bureau in The Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2003 (August 2004).
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an invaluable resource for information on the WMD potential of foreign countries. Among their publications on this subject are Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions, 1 January through 30 June 2003 (November 2003) and Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD (September 2004). The CIA also publishes The CIA Factbook on Intelligence (2004).
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the research arm of the Library of Congress in Washington, which serves members and committees of Congress but makes many of its findings available to the public as well. The CRS reports consulted in preparing this book included Intelligence Issues for Congress (Richard A. Best, updated July 2002), China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues (August 8, 2003), and Disarming Libya: Weapons of Mass Destruction (April 22, 2004).
Information Plus sincerely thanks all of the organizations listed above for the invaluable information they provide.