The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently identified defense spending as one of 13 urgent issues facing the next President and Congress. Today on Guide of the Week, we’ll talk about some librarian produced guides from the ALA GODORT Exchange Wiki that can help inform citizens, Congress and President-Elect Obama on this issue.
While there do not appear to be any guides that specifically address defense spending alone, the guides below and taken together should be helpful:
- Military Information Resources and Periodicals (University of Colorado at Boulder Government Publications Library, 2008)
- Resources for Weapons Systems Policy Research (John Hernandez, New York University, 1999) Last updated 6/2004
- Budget (Bert Chapman, Purdue University, 2001) Last updated 3/10/2008
- U.S. Government Documents: The Budget Process (Jerry Breeze, Columbia University, 1999) Last Updated sometime in 2008
I’m juggling several projects this week so I’m hoping you’ll be willing to check out the above guides without teasers from each. I will say that John Hernandez’s guide has a full section devoted to the budget and procurement process relating to weapons purchases. This section also helps you find out information on specific defense contractors.
Next week I’ll be dealing with librarian produced guides relating to “improving the U.S. image abroad.” So if you have any guides relating to that topic, please try and post them to the Handout Exchange this week.
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