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Primary Sources

NSI endeavors to serve as a resource to students, practitioners, and members of the public looking for a central location for primary sources of national security law. Below are links to key national security statutes, guidelines, agency publications, pending legislation, and other resources. If you wish to suggest another sources for inclusion, please email us.

Stewart Baker, Matthew Heiman, and Alan Cohn
Regulatory Transparency Project – Discussion on the Wassenaar Arrangement (Podcast)

Stewart Baker, Thomas Hazlett, Matthew R. Heiman, Justin Hurwitz, Jamil N. Jaffer, Paul Rosenzweig, and Megan Stifel
Regulatory Transparency Project – Regulators in Cyberia

Gen. (ret.) Keith B. Alexander
Cyber Strategy and Policy (Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee)

Center for a New American Security:
Surveillance Policy: A Pragmatic Agenda for 2017 and Beyond

GWU Center for Cyber and Homeland Security:
Into the Grey Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense Against Cyber Threats

Gen. (ret.) Keith B. Alexander
Digital Acts of War: Evolving the Cybersecurity Conversation (Testimony before the Subcommittees on Information Technology and National Security of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.:

The DoD Law of War Manual and its Critics: Some Observations, 92 International Law Studies 85-118 (2016)

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.:
Why Declarations of War Matter, Harvard National Security Journal

Zachary K. Goldman and Damon McCoy:
Deterring Financially Motivated Crime,8 J. Nat’; Security L. & Pol’y __ (2016)

Center on National Security at Fordham Law:
Case by Case: ISIS Prosecutions in the United States, March 1, 2014 — June 30, 2016

Elizabeth Rosenberg, et. al.:
The New Tools of Economic Warfare: Effects and Effectiveness of Contemporary U.S. Financial Sanctions

Anthony Rutkowski:
International Signals Intelligence Law: Provisions and History (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Philip B. Heymann:
An Essay on Domestic Surveillance (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.:
Lawfare in National Security Law (John Norton Moore & Robert F. Turner eds., 2016)

Gen. (ret.) Keith B. Alexander
Future of Warfare (Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee)

Jonah Force Hill:
The Growth of Data Localization Post-Snowden (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Russell Wheeler:
The Changing Composition of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and What If Anything To Do About It (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

David Kris:
On the Bulk Collection of Tangible Things (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Steven G. Bradbury:
Understanding the NSA Programs (Lawfare Research Paper Series)

Nathan Myhrvold:
An Addendum from Nathan Myhrvold on Cyber

Nathan Myhrvold:
Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action (Lawfare Research Paper Series)


Text of the National Security Act of 1947, as amended

Text of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as amended

Text of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act

Text of the Homeland Security Act: Original | As amended

Text of IRTPA


Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book


Federal Judiciary

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review

U.S. Congress

House Homeland Security Committee

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

House Foreign Affairs Committee

House Judiciary Committee

House Select Committee on Benghazi

House Armed Services Committee

Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senate Homeland Security Committee

Intelligence Community

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

IC on the Record

Central Intelligence Agency

Department of Justice

National Security Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Department of Defense

Army Intelligence

National Security Agency

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency

National Reconnaissance Office

Office of Naval Intelligence

Marine Corps Intelligence

Department of Homeland Security

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Customs and Border Protection

DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Coast Guard Intelligence

Other Entities

Public Interest Declassification Board

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Commission Reports

Report of the 9/11 Commission

Webster Commission Report (inquiry into the Fort Hood shooting)

Aspin-Brown Commission Report (“Preparing for the 21st Century: An Appraisal of U.S. Intelligence”)

Report of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies (“Liberty and Security in a Changing World”)

PCLOB Report on the Section 702 Surveillance Program

PCLOB Report on the Section 215 Metadata Program

Executive Orders and Presidential Documents

Executive Order 12333, as amended

Predecessors to EO 12333

EO 11905 (President Ford)

EO 12036 (President Carter)

Executive Order 13636


Other Resources

Listing of the Elements of the Intelligence Community

All Presidential Policy Directives Issued by President Obama

Declassified CIA Archives