Council on Foreign Relations. April 2014.

As space systems increasingly perform and support critical operations, a variety of plausible near-term incidents in outer space could precipitate or exacerbate an international crisis. The most grave space contingencies—viewed from the perspective of U.S. interests and international stability—are likely to result from either intentional interference with space systems or the inadvertent effects of irresponsible state behavior in outer space. The threats to U.S. space assets are significant and growing, as potential adversaries continue to pursue and could soon acquire counterspace capabilities. The United States has strategic interests in preventing and mitigating dangerous space incidents, given its high reliance on satellites for a variety of national security missions and unparalleled global security commitments and responsibilities. Like other technology-driven global governance challenges, the longer the United States delays preventive and mitigating efforts, the less dominant its position will be in shaping rules of the road for space. [Note: contains copyrighted material]

http://i.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/CPA_ContingencyMemo_21.pdf [PDF format, 8 pages].

Office of the Secretary of Defense. March 5, 2014.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains one of the United States’ most critical security challenges for many reasons. These include North Korea’s willingness to undertake provocative and destabilizing behavior, including attacks on the Republic of Korea (ROK), its pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, and its willingness to proliferate weapons in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/North_Korea_Military_Power_Report_2013-2014.pdf [PDF format, 27 pages].

Center for Strategic and International Studies. February 4, 2014.

The Government of France is poised to readjust its military presence in the Sahel region of Africa. Prompted by perceived terrorist threats and risks to French and European interests, the re-organization may have significant implications for future U.S. Government policy and French-American cooperation in the region. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/publication/french-counterterrorism-sahel-implications-us-policy [HTML format]

The RAND Corporation. July 29, 2013.

This testimony is divided into four sections. The first outlines al Qa’ida’s objectives. The second section examines its organizational structure. The third focuses on the al Qa’ida threat to the United States today. And the fourth section offers a brief conclusion. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/testimonies/CT300/CT396-1/RAND_CT396-1.pdf [PDF format, 15 pages].

Congressional Research Service. May 9, 2013.

The explosion on April 17, 2013, at the West Fertilizer Company fertilizer distribution facility in West, TX, has led to questions about the oversight and regulation of agricultural fertilizer. Facilities holding chemicals must comply with regulations attempting to ensure occupational safety, environmental protection, and homeland security. In addition to federal regulation requiring reporting and planning for ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia, most state and some local governments have laws and regulations regarding the handling of either or both of these chemicals.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43070.pdf [PDF format, 20 pages].