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Greta’s Links–Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Report

Overview –
Statement by Pres Obama
Pres. Obama's comments and video
Sec Gates comments
ADM Mullen comments
DOD news article
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Defense Gates and General Cartwright

Previous reports of interest:
White House White Paper of the Interagency Policy Group's Report on U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan [March 2009]
Report on Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan [November 2010]
Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan [April 2010]
United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghan National Security Forces [April 2009]
Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan [October 2009]


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Greta’s LInks–Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book–2009

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of General Counsel have posted their latest version of their Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book.  It is available directly at or from 

This Summer 2009 edition is 949 pages [5 MB] and is chalk full of very useful and handy to have in one place documents such as the Constitution, various seminal national security legislation and executive orders and more. It is rounded out with a section of updated Intelligence Community and Government websites.

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Greta’s Link–ODNI Released Newest Report – “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World”

ODNI has released it newest report – "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World."  This is the 4th unclassified report from them in the past few years that gives a long-term view of the future. 

This and the other reports are available from

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World —

Mapping the Global Future: Report of the National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Project

GLOBAL TRENDS 2015: A Dialogue About the Future With Nongovernment Experts

Global Trends 2010

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Greta’s Links–Department of Defense Launches National Resource Directory For Wounded Warriors, Families And Caregivers

The directory is a Web-based network of care coordinators, providers and support partners with resources for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families, families of the fallen and those who support them.  Direct link

"The directory is the visible demonstration of our national will and commitment to make the journey from ‘survive to thrive’ a reality for those who have given so much. As new links are added each day by providers and partners, coverage from coast to coast will grow even greater ensuring that no part of that journey will ever be made alone," said Lynda C. Davis, Ph.D., deputy under secretary of defense for military community and family policy.

Located at , the directory offers more than 10,000 medical and non-medical services and resources to help service members and veterans achieve personal and professional goals along their journey from recovery through rehabilitation to community reintegration.

"The VA is extremely proud to be a partner in this innovative resource. This combination of federal, state, and community-based resources will serve as a tremendous asset for all service members, veterans, their families and those who care for them. The community is essential to the successful reintegration of our veterans, and these groups greatly enhance the directory’s scope," said Karen S. Guice, M.D., executive director, federal recovery care coordination program at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"The National Resource Directory will prove to be a valuable tool for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families as they wind their way through the maze of benefits and services available to them in their transition to civilian life. The Department of Labor is pleased to have the opportunity to work with our partners at DoD," said Charles S. Ciccolella, the assistant secretary of labor for the veterans’ employment and training service.

The National Resource Directory is organized into six major categories: Benefits and Compensation; Education, Training and Employment; Family and Caregiver Support; Health; Housing and Transportation; and Services and Resources. It also provides helpful checklists, Frequently Asked Questions, and connections to peer support groups. All information on the Web site can be found through a general or state and local search tool. 

The National Resource Directory’s launch in November is a key feature of Warrior Care Month.

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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

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Greta’s Links–Joint Hearings on the National Security Implications of Global Climate Change

The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and House Intelligence Community Management (ICM) Subcommittee held a joint hearing today on the “National Security Implications of Global Climate Change.”  The prepared statements of the witnesses have now been posted and are available at

The point of the hearing was to hear and discuss the results of the first-ever U.S. Government analysis of the security threats posed by global warming.

OPENING STATEMENT: Chairman Edward J. Markey, Select Committee



Dr. Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council

Mr. Rolf Mowatt-Larsen, Director, Intelligence and Counterintelligence,


Department of Energy


Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett, MP, Former Foreign Minister of the

United Kingdom

VADM Paul Gaffney, President,



and Former President,




Dr. Kent Hughes Butts, Professor of Political-Military Strategy, Center for Strategic Leadership,





Marlo Lewis, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Lee Lane, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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Greta’s Links–Senate Report on Prewar Iraqi Intelligence

Originally posted by Julie Arrighetti, NDU’s MERLN Librarian

The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released the final Phase II report on prewar Iraq intelligence, with particular focus on intelligence activities by the Pentagon policy office.

The report is available from Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s website at  At this site, you will find a press release from Rockefeller’s office, along with links to the two sections of the report.

From the press release:

The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, and a bipartisan majority of the Committee (10-5), today unveiled the final two sections of its Phase II report on prewar intelligence. The first report details Administration prewar statements that, on numerous occasions, misrepresented the intelligence and the threat from Iraq.

The second report details inappropriate, sensitive intelligence activities conducted by the DoD’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, without the knowledge of the Intelligence Community or the State Department.

“Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence,” Rockefeller said. “In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.”

“These reports represent the final chapter in our oversight of prewar intelligence. They complete the story of mistakes and failures both by the Intelligence Community and the Administration in the lead up to the war. Fundamentally, these reports are about transparency and holding our government accountable, and making sure these mistakes never happen again,” Rockefeller added.

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