Hot Docs: Rising Food Prices, Cost of War, Space Priorities, and More

Today's selection of newsworthy reports from Washington.

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What's Driving Food Prices? Written by Purdue University economists, this Farm Foundation Issue Report identifies three factors fueling rising food costs: global changes in production and consumption of key commodities, the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, and growth in the production of biofuels.

Costs of Major U.S. Wars The Congressional Research Service provides estimates of the costs of major U.S. conflicts, beginning with the American Revolution up to current fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimates are given in both current-year dollars (cost at the time of the war) and inflation-adjusted dollars (estimates equivalent to 2008 prices).

U.S. Civilian Space Policy Priorities: Reflections 50 Years After Sputnik A Congressional Research Service report looks at the history of space exploration and its implications for the future.

Drug Trafficking and Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups: Michael Braun, assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, addressed a policy forum at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the nexus between drugs and Middle East terrorist groups and the growing challenge this relationship poses to U.S. national security.