Posts by Katie Colten

Is the Ukrainian Crisis Spiraling Out of Control?

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 […]

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FAS Roundup: April 14, 2014

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 […]

FAS Roundup: April 7, 2014

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 […]

Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament Policy Papers

Last year, the Pacific Islands Society launched a new program entitled the Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament. The program was designed to provide young leaders from the Pacific Islands Region with an opportunity to have their voice heard on contemporary disarmament topics. In partnership with the Federation of American Scientists,  Emerging Science and Technology Policy […]

Event: Short Course on CBRN Weapons, Science and Policy

FAS and George Mason University will host a short course from July 7-9, 2014 as part of GMU’s 2014 summer program in International Security. This three day, non-credit short course is designed to introduce participants to the science, security, and policy dimensions of the threats of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as well as […]

Pacific Security Scholars Policy Papers

Pacific Security Scholars (PSS) policy papers are now available, examining  security issues and policy implications of emerging security issues in the Pacific region. Lora Vaioleti examines the impact of climate change on food security in Tonga and Briar Thompson examines the impact of 3D Printing on security in Pacific Island Countries. The inaugural class of […]

FAS Roundup: March 31, 2014

Hard to access declassified satellite images, Nuclear Security Summit, Air Force scandal and more. From the Blogs Intelligence Whistleblower Law Has Been Used Infrequently: Per a recently released report from the Inspector General of ODNI from 2009, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) has rarely been relied upon by intelligence agency whistleblowers. From 1999 to 2009, […]

Presentation Slides: 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and Verification Capabilities

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy Mr. Chris Bidwell spoke at the Radiological and Nuclear Detection Symposium hosted by VIP GlobalNet LLC on March 25-26, 2014 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Ferguson’s presentation was on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit that was held this week in the Netherlands. Ferguson discussed progress with […]

Event: Screening and Panel Discussion of “Garwin: Witness to History”

Screening and Panel Discussion of “Garwin: Witness to History” Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Auditorium 1200 New York Ave, NW Washington, DC 20005 The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Syracuse University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) cordially invite […]

FAS Roundup: March 24, 2014

Missing U.S. military nuclear materials, Ukraine and nuclear proliferation, ODNI rethinks openness in intelligence and more. CIA’s Refusal to Release Softcopy Records Challenged in Court: Even when the CIA possesses a releasable document in a softcopy format, the Agency typically refuses to release the softcopy version in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, and insists […]