FAS Roundup: June 10, 2013

Government gathers phone records, world’s nuclear forces and much more.

From the Blogs

Government Gathers Phone Records of Verizon Customers: At the request of the FBI, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered a Verizon subsidiary to surrender the telephone records of its U.S. business customers to the National Security Agency for at least a three month period beginning last April 25. Steven Aftergood writes that several features of the operation are problematic, including no clear focus on any designated target of investigation.

DoD Releases Doctrine on Mass Atrocity Response Operations: This week, the Department of Defense released the 2012 edition of its doctrine on “Peace Operations” including new guidance on so-called Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) that are designed to prevent or halt genocide or other large-scale acts of violence directed at civilian populations.

Crime and Forfeiture and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as international climate change financing, crime and forfeiture and legal issues in closing Guantanamo Detention Center.

Identity of Fox News Reporter James Rosen Declassified: On June 6, the U.S. government declared the identity of the reporter to whom accused leaker Stephen Kim allegedly disclosed classified information is James Rosen of Fox News. Mr. Rosen’s association with the case was publicly known for years. But it was still classified. Now it’s not.

Inspectors General Assess Agency Classification Activity: The Inspector General at each government agency that classifies national security information is required by the Reducing Over-Classification Act of 2010 to review the agency’s classification program as part of an effort to combat overclassification.  Those reviews are now underway.  But if properly performed, they could put the Inspectors General at odds with senior officials at their agency who habitually overclassify.

SIPRI 2013 Yearbook

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published the 2013 issue of the SIPRI Yearbook, featuring a chapter on worldwide nuclear forces co-authored by FAS’s Hans Kristensen.

As a result of Kristensen’s estimate on China’s stockpile numbers- in which China has added 10 nuclear warheads to its stockpile- the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded on June 4, stating that countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should primarily be responsible for nuclear disarmament.

Medical Isotope Production Without Nuclear Reactors or Uranium Enrichment

The Federation of American Scientists and the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are hosting a luncheon briefing and discussion on medical radioisotope production without nuclear reactors or uranium enrichment on Thursday, June 13th at 12pm in Washington, DC . The discussion will focus on a new CSTSP paper, Nuclear Medicine without Nuclear Reactors or Uranium Enrichment, which details issues relevant to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, as in the case of Iran.

Speakers include: Mr. Derek Updegraff from the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at AAAS,  Mr. Mark Jansson from the Federation of American Scientists  and Mr. David Nusbaum from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

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