Posts by James Wright

A Teachable Moment

Written by FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson Views on nuclear weapons are often linked to strong emotions. On August 6, 2010, the text announcing my podcast on nuclear security issues to FAS members and on the FAS Website used a strong, emotionally charged word to describe the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. That […]

FAS Podcast: FAS President Acknowledges Hiroshima Devastation on 65th Anniversary

Today is the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima. In acknowledgment of this unconscionable and historic event, FAS President Dr. Charles D. Ferguson speaks about the current state of nuclear security and the threat of nuclear terrorism to the international community in a special edition of the FAS Podcast: “A […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Bethe

Dr. Hans Albrecht Bethe, FAS founder and the father of nuclear astrophysics, turned 104 years old today. Dr. Bethe was one of the leading architects of the first atomic bomb, and devoted his life, following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to nuclear weapons disarmament. A national treasure, Dr. Bethe was a leading innovator in […]

FAS Podcast: Charles Blair, New Terrorism Analysis Project

Listen to a new edition of the FAS Podcast: “A Conversation With An Expert,” featuring Charles Blair, new Director of the FAS Terrorism Analysis Project. Topics discussed include details on the new Terrorism Analysis Project, the most threatening violent non-state actors, the Pakistan neo-Taliban, the motivations behind a potential nuclear or radiological attack on the […]

FAS Conference Call: A Conversation With An Expert – Thursday, 5/20

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, FAS will hold a conference call with members on the technical aspects of Iran’s enrichment program, and the recently issued FAS report– The Twenty Percent Solution: Breaking the Iranian Stalemate. Dr. Ivan Oelrich, Vice President of the Strategic Security Program, and FAS Researcher Ivanka Barzashka will speak about their proposal to […]

FAS Needs Your Help: Become a Member During this Critical Time in Nuclear Security

Friends, Thank you for your interest in the work of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Last week, the Obama administration released the total number of nuclear warheads in the U.S. stockpile — 5,113 — a number that was classified for decades. In February 2009, FAS expert Hans Kristensen published an estimate that now turns […]

Support FAS at this critical time in nuclear security

Friends, The world stands at a critical moment in nuclear security. Last year, President Obama committed his administration to seeking “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” Between the negotiation of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) agreement; a historic, unprecedented White House nuclear security summit; renewed efforts to end nuclear […]