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Briefing Books

“Briefing Books” are one-stop resources covering a full range of topics in U.S. foreign policy. Containing from 5 to 100+ documents, each briefing book features an introductory essay, individual document descriptions, related photo or video content, plus links for further reading.
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Feb 2, 2021 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., February 2, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a two-year “epidemiologic investigation” of the mysterious medical incidents suffered by U.S.
DNSA
Feb 1, 2021 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., February 1, 2021 – On September 9, 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wrote to Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Steve Cambone expressing concern about information...
Jen Psaki tweet
Jan 20, 2021 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., January 20, 2021 - Biden spokesperson Jen Psaki has now pledged the new administration will resume publication of Secret Service logs of White House visitors, an Obama transparency...
Honest John rockets
Jan 15, 2021 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., January 15, 2021 – The stationing of U.S.
FBI poster on bus stop
Jan 13, 2021 | Briefing Book, Jan 13, 2021 | Sourcebook
Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 - The Pentagon’s timeline of its response to the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the U.S.
Mikoyan in Cuban hat
Dec 18, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., December 18, 2020 – Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan was born on November 25, 1895, in Armenia.  From a modest background and early revolutionary activity in Armenia he joined the...
Garcia Luna Award
Dec 9, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., December 9, 2020 – Since 2007, the U.S. government has relied on a small coterie of Mexican officials to implement the Mérida Initiative, a wide-ranging U.S.
Pollard
Nov 24, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., November 24, 2020 – Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S.
Meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
Nov 10, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., November 10, 2020 — After Harvard professor Henry Kissinger met with top Israeli officials in January 1965, he told U.S.
Allende on the street
Nov 3, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., November 3, 2020 - Several days after Salvador Allende’s history-changing November 3, 1970, inauguration, Richard Nixon convened his National Security Council for a formal meeting on...
Prime minister Putin meets with President Clinton, Auckland, New Zealand, September 12, 1999.
Nov 2, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., November 2, 2020 – Declassified highest-level transcripts and diplomatic cables provide new granular detail on the rise to power of Russian President Vladimir Putin 20 years ago,...
Diem
Nov 1, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, November 1, 2020—President John F.
2020 FOIA audit
Oct 27, 2020 | Briefing Book
Update
party platforms and cyber policy
Oct 26, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., October 26, 2020 - In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, the Cyber Vault has reviewed the respective 2020 platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties and how they...
Oct 22, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., October 22, 2020 - The Department of Homeland Security describes critical infrastructure as “the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that...
Schneider official portrait
Oct 22, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., October 22, 2020 - On October 23, 1970, one day after armed thugs intercepted and mortally wounded the Chilean army commander-in-chief, General Rene Schneider, as he drove to work in...
An SK-5 reconnaissance drone shown launching from the U.S.S.  Ranger, circa 1969-1970. (U.S. Navy photo published in David Axe,  “The U.S. Navy Flew Drones from Flattops ... In 1969,” Forbes, 13 May  2020.
Oct 16, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., October 16, 2020 - Over the years, aerial and naval encounters have threatened to destabilize U.S-China relations as the two powers contest each other's rights in international...
 Che Guevara after his execution on October 9, 1967
Oct 9, 2020 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, October 9, 2020 – Fifty-three years ago, at 1:15 p.m. on October 9, 1967, Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in the hills of Bolivia after being captured...
Yuri Orlov, professor of physics
Sep 28, 2020 | Briefing Book

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