CRRC Status Update

Institute for National Strategic Studies
National Defense University
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, D.C. 20319



I am writing to provide you with a brief update on the status of the CRRC. I am pleased to inform you that the CRRC will remain open and accessible to scholars through September 2014. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy will provide bridge funding for one employee to keep the CRRC’s doors open until the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offers resolution on the permanent disposition of the CRRC.

As previously noted, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) recommends that the CRRC receive $1 million in FY14. Additionally, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense includes an appropriation of $1 million for the CRRC in its FY14 NDAA markup. It remains unclear, however, when the NDAA will become law, and whether this language will remain unchanged.

I regret to inform you that Mr. David Palkki, who served as the CRRC Deputy Director and Acting Director, has left the Center for a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations. Furthermore, the CRRC’s Digital Archivist, Senior Translator, and Research Analyst for the al-Qaeda and Associated Movement’s collection will not be renewed due to lack of funding. Please be advised that these personnel shortages will adversely impact the rate that new records are added to the CRRC’s Research Database, email response times, website updates, and all other CRRC operations.


Christopher Alkhoury
Interim Director, Conflict Records Research Center