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Steve "James Brown" Aftergood

Is Steve Aftergood the James Brown of DC?  He has to be one of the hardest-working men in Washington.  Certainly he's one of its most indispensable.  His shop, the Project on Government Secrecy, run out of the Federation of American Scientists, makes information available that you often can't find anywhere else. 

In the latest edition of Aftergood's Secrecy News, he notifies us that the 2005 U.S. Army Weapons System Handbook, "a descriptive catalog of dozens of current and near-term weapons systems used by the U.S. Army," has been made available on the FAS website.  This set of innocuous basic weapons information used to be publicly accessible on the Army's own website, but was placed behind a password-protected wall several years ago. (Before being made available on the FAS site, you could still get the Handbook, but you had to pay for a copy from the Government Printing Office.  If you're in the States, it's $46.00.)

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