from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 83
August 13, 2007

Secrecy News Blog:

Support Secrecy News


Comprehensive data on U.S. military deaths from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 through Operation Iraqi Freedom were presented in a recently updated report from the Congressional Research Service.

"This report is written in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics and lists of war dead. It provides tables, compiled by sources at the Department of Defense (DOD), indicating the number of casualties among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions."

For the more recent military actions beginning with the Korean War, information on specific cause of death and demographic data are provided.

The Congressional Research Service does not make its publications directly available to the public. A copy of the report was obtained by Secrecy News.

See "American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics," updated June 29, 2007:


Other noteworthy new products from the Congressional Research Service that have not been made readily available to the public include these.

"Enemy Combatant Detainees: Habeas Corpus Challenges in Federal Court," updated July 25, 2007:

"Iraq and Al Qaeda," updated July 27, 2007:

"Air Cargo Security," updated July 30, 2007:

"F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background, Status, and Issues," updated July 19, 2007:

"Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler Aircraft: Background and Issues for Congress," updated July 23, 2007:

"Comparison of 'Wounded Warrior' Legislation: H.R. 1538 as Passed in the House and Senate," July 27, 2007:


For decades now "The U.S. Intelligence Community" by Jeffrey T. Richelson has been the best one-volume account of the structure and operation of the far-flung U.S. intelligence bureaucracy. The fifth edition has just been published.

When I encounter an unfamiliar intelligence term, an odd acronym or a reference to an obscure office somewhere in the bowels of U.S. intelligence, Richelson's book more often than not -- more often than Google -- provides the explanation and the needed background, typically with a footnote to an official source.

The latest edition includes new material on homeland security intelligence, detainee interrogation, and other post-9/11 developments.

"The U.S. Intelligence Community" by Jeffrey T. Richelson, 5th edition, is published by Westview Press.


Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

The Secrecy News blog is at:

To SUBSCRIBE to Secrecy News, go to:


OR email your request to

Secrecy News is archived at:

SUPPORT Secrecy News with a donation here: