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FAS Roundup: April 21, 2014

B61-12 nuclear bomb design features, crisis in Ukraine and more. From the Blogs History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published: In 1989, the Department of State published a notorious volume that purported to document U.S. foreign policy towards Iran in the early Eisenhower Administration. The volume triggered an avalanche of criticism because it omitted […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

FAS Roundup: March 10, 2014

New issue of the PIR, Russian nuclear forces, the value of risk analysis and more. Winter Issue of the Public Interest Report The Winter issue of the PIR is now available online; it includes articles on the creation of a Middle East safeguards organization, the United States nuclear hedge arsenal and the use of crowdsourcing and the web to detect […]

FAS Roundup: March 3, 2014

First pictures of B61-12 confirm new military capability, options for U.S. nuclear weapon pit production and more. From the Blogs Putting Declassified Records to Good Use: The culmination of the declassification process is when the records are finally examined by an interested reader and their contents are absorbed into the body of public knowledge. Declassification of government […]

FAS Roundup: February 24, 2014

Army manual on cyberspace ops, GAO finds data on intelligence contractors unreliable and more. From the Blogs Army Issues Guidance on Cyberspace Operations: For the first time the U.S. Army has produced official doctrine on military activities in cyberspace, including offensive, defensive and network operations. The February 2014 introduces the fundamentals of cyber operations, or “cyber […]

FAS Roundup: February 17, 2014

Stephen Kim pleads guilty, new CRS reports and more. From the Blogs Stephen Kim Pleads Guilty to Leak Charge: Former State Department contractor Stephen Kim pleaded guilty on February 7 to one count of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information to a Fox News reporter. Following a sentencing hearing in April, he is expected to serve […]