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Includes information on the branches of government, state and local government, census information and government documents.

Government Documents on Military & Security

These resources provide access to government and military resources on military and security policymaking.  They may include materials from governmental national leaders and their administrations, national security related departments dealing with defense, homeland security and intelligence, military service branches, governmental audit agencies, and relevant legislative/parliamentary oversight committees.

Foreign Policy

The U.S. Government produces many publications on its foreign policy which are available in HSSE Library in digital and non-digital formats. Many U.S Government publications are accessible in the online catalog.  These resources document program successes, failures, and ambiguities, reflect program controversies, and show how Congress attempts to conduct oversight of U.S. foreign policy.

Foreign government foreign policymaking entities including legislative/parliamentary oversight committees.

Select international government organizations include:

Homeland Security

Homeland security involves protecting the United States from hostile attack from human or natural causes and responding to and recovering from such attacks. A number of governmental agencies are responsible for protecting U.S. homeland security and responding to and recovering from assaults on the U.S. homeland. This also applies in other countries as well. Threats to homeland security can involve conventional, nuclear, terrorist, and asymmetric attacks on U.S. citizens. They can also involve attacks on U.S. computer networks and critical infrastructures such as utilities, communication systems, roads, bridges, and the spread of pandemic diseases such as influenza.

Examples of foreign government homeland security agencies and their legislative oversight committees include:


The United States Government and other national governments spend significant financial, human, and technical resources on intelligence operations and analysis to protect national secrets and learn the national secrets of other countries. While much of this information must remain secret, significant amounts of government information on intelligence activities can be obtained from printed sources and the Internet. Purdue Libraries have many government documents on intelligence with print versions of most of these being located in the HSSE Library

Foreign government intelligence agencies and legislative/parliamentary oversight committees.

Maritime Shipping

Purdue Libraries provide access to many government information resources on maritime shipping. This guide will cover civilian and military aspects on maritime shipping including domestic and international trade, laws, legislation, and regulations. It will also cover the policymaking process affecting this industry in the U.S., individual states such as Indiana, foreign national governments, and international government organizations.

Foreign national government maritime shipping policymaking agencies and relevant legislative/parliamentary oversight committees.

Links to international government organizations with various maritime shipping responsibilities.

Military History

Government publications are essential sources for military history students and scholars. Purdue University Libraries have extensive collections of U.S. Government publications dealing with military history with most of these being located in HSSE Library.  These resources document military operations, strategic decision-making, interactions with allied or hostile governments and militaries, and the successes, failures, and ambiguities of these policies.

Foreign government agencies and armed service branches containing military history information.

Select international organizations include:

National Security Policy

U.S. national security policy deals with issues as diverse as military force preparedness, nuclear strategy, terrorism, chemical and biological weapons, force morale, psychology, information science, and various other topics.  Congressional oversight of these subjects is also addressed in these documents.  Purdue Libraries have many government documents dealing with U.S. national security policy as well as the national security policies of other countries. Most of these publications are located in the HSSE Library.

These are national security policymaking documents produced by various U.S. Government agencies and military branches.

These are open access national security policy journals published by U.S. Government and non-government entities along with those of foreign governments and militaries and non-military sources.

U.S. National Security Policy Journals

Australian National Security Policy Journals

Belgian Publications

Canadian National Security Policy Journals

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)






South Africa

South Korea


United Kingdom

The National Academies have various entities conducting research on scientific aspects of U.S. national security policymaking.

Numerous foreign governments produce information documenting their national security policymaking activities.

Select international government sites  addressing international security matters include:

Strategic Minerals

Sometimes called rare earth elements, these materials have significant civilian and military importance. While some of these materials can be domestically sourced or obtained from allied nations, others are primarily sourced from regions with geopolitical instability or strained international relations, such as Afghanistan and China.


Veterans play an important role in the history and current policymaking environment of the U.S. and other countries.  After returning from military service, they often face acute challenges finding work, dealing with service related physical and mental health problems, gaining access to appropriate education, and reintegrating into society.  Governments at all levels of U.S. society are involved in efforts to assist veterans and produce voluminous amounts of literature describing these programs.  Sometimes these programs are successful and sometimes they fail causing significant harm to veterans and to society at large.  This guide will provide access to government information resources dealing with veterans and veterans policymaking.

Numerous foreign governments also have organizations dealing with veterans affairs policymaking and non-governmental organizations advocating for veterans. Examples include: