Today’s news shows a heightened nuclear risk due to a dangerous feedback process at work in the Ukraine. The New York Times’ page 1 ominous headline was, “Striking Town, Ukraine Forces Defy Warning,” and the Wall Street Journal echoed the danger, “Ukraine Sends Troops East As Pro-Russia Forces Strike.” Is the Ukrainian crisis spiraling out of […]
Obama admin decision weakens New START, countering CIA’s conflict of interest in declassification and more. From the Blogs Countering the CIA’s Conflict of Interest in Declassification: Last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to submit the 480-page executive summary, findings and conclusions of its five-year investigation into the post-9/11 CIA Detention and Interrogation Program for declassification […]
By Hans M. Kristensen After four years of internal deliberations, the U.S. Air Force has decided to empty 50 Minuteman III ICBMs from 50 of the nation’s 450 ICBM silos. Instead of destroying the empty silos, however, they will be kept “warm” to allow reloading the missiles in the future if necessary. The decision to […]
The post Obama Administration Decision Weakens New START Implementation appears on the FAS Strategic Security Blog.
Last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to submit the 480-page executive summary, findings and conclusions of its five-year investigation into the post-9/11 CIA Detention and Interrogation Program for declassification review. But in an obvious conflict of interest, the review is expected to be performed by the CIA itself. “The report exposes brutality that stands […]
The post Countering CIA’s Conflict of Interest in Declassification appears on Secrecy News from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy.
After the Central Intelligence Agency refused to release records requested under the Freedom of Information Act in softcopy format, requester Jeffrey Scudder filed a lawsuit against the Agency demanding that it comply, and he received a rather sympathetic hearing from the judge. (CIA’s Refusal to Release Softcopy Records Challenged in Court, Secrecy News, March 17, […]
The post CIA Agrees to Provide Softcopy Records to Requester appears on Secrecy News from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy.
Physicist and problem solver extraordinaire Richard L. Garwin is the subject of a new documentary film, Garwin.
A screening of the film, sponsored by FAS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be held on April 22 in Washingto…
Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy is the title of a new (2013) book by Princeton political scientist Rahul Sagar.
The book has many interesting features and develops some novel arguments on leaks. I reviewed it for the Lawfare blog.
New START data, classified nuclear weapon drawings missing at labs and more. From the Blogs Classified Nuclear Weapon Drawings Missing at Labs: According to a report released by the Department of Energy Inspector General, classified design drawings used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons have not been properly and reliably maintained by nuclear weapons labs […]
Last week, I was walking through Ueno Park as part of my annual cherry blossom pilgrimage. Among the trees and temples, I came across “The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” I was deeply moved to read the story of Tatsuo Yamamoto, who went to Hiroshima in search of his uncle following the bombing and instead […]
U.S. nuclear weapons strategy evolved during the Nixon administration from a reflexive policy of massive retaliation against a Soviet attack to a diverse range of options for more limited nuclear strikes. The transition was not without some bumps. A declassified 1974 memo recorded that National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger at first needed some persuading about […]
The post “Too Mild a Nuclear Option”? National Security in the 1970s appears on Secrecy News from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy.