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FAS Symposium Provides Recommendations to Next Administration on Catastrophic Threats

On November 9, 2012, FAS hosted the Symposium on Preventing Catastrophic Threats at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The symposium consisted of three panels that explored catastrophic threats to national and international security, including those posed by nuclear and radiological weapons;  biological, chemical, cyber, and advanced conventional weapons; and threats to energy supply [...]

The post FAS Symposium Provides Recommendations to Next Administration on Catastrophic Threats appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.

2012 FAS Awards Ceremony

FAS hosted its 2012 Awards Ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on November 9.  The awards ceremony recognizes outstanding individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to national security and science policy. Mr. Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, served as Master of Ceremonies. Dr. John Ahearne, former Chairman of the [...]

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Q&A Session on Recent Developments in U.S. and NATO Missile Defense

Researchers from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) asked two physicists who are experts in missile defense issues, Dr. Yousaf Butt and Dr. George Lewis, to weigh in on the announcement on March 15, 2013 regarding missile defense by the Obama administration. Before exploring their reactions and insights, it is useful to identify salient elements [...]

The post Q&A Session on Recent Developments in U.S. and NATO Missile Defense appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.

Science and Security: The Moratorium on H5N1 “Gain-of-Function” Experiments

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus poses a public health threat in many regions of the world. Approximately 600 human cases have been reported since 2003, with a laboratory-confirmed case fatality rate of up to 60% according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The recent death of a woman from southwest China, attributed [...]

The post Science and Security: The Moratorium on H5N1 “Gain-of-Function” Experiments appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.

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President’s Message: Reducing Catastrophic Risks: Why FAS Matters

Senator Sam Nunn has often underscored that humanity is in “a race between cooperation and catastrophe.” As co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, he has urged greater and faster international action on reducing nuclear dangers. He has also joined with former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Secretary [...]

The post President’s Message: Reducing Catastrophic Risks: Why FAS Matters appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.

The Unha-3: Assessing the Successful North Korean Satellite Launch

On December 12, 2012, North Korea finally succeeded in placing an object into low Earth orbit. Recovered debris of the launcher’s first stage verified some previous assumptions about the launch system, but it also included some surprises. Independent from the technical findings and their consequences, the public debate seems to miss some important points. Fundamental [...]

The post The Unha-3: Assessing the Successful North Korean Satellite Launch appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.