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FAS Roundup: November 11, 2013

China’s nuclear forces, “no spy zones” abroad, and more. Chinese Nuclear Forces in 2013 Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris examine the status of China’s nuclear forces and determine that the arsenal is slowly growing and the capability of those weapons is also increasing. China has approximately 250 warheads in its stockpile for delivery by nearly […]

FAS Roundup: November 4, 2013

B61-12 capabilities increasing, parts for small arms and light weapons and much more. From the Blogs Intelligence Spending Dropped Sharply Last Year: Total U.S. intelligence spending last year declined by more than 10%. The reduction in spending was accelerated by the budget sequester which deprived intelligence agencies of billions of dollars beyond the intent of congressional appropriators, […]

FAS Roundup: October 28, 2013

New D0D report on overclassification misses the mark, Fukushima podcast, and much more. New Podcast on Nuclear Energy Post Fukushima FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson was interviewed by Science for the People’s podcast series regarding environmental and public health issues after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Dr. Ferguson also addresses the future use of nuclear power in Japan. […]

FAS Roundup: October 21, 2013

DoD releases directive on leaks to press, the Conference on Disarmament and much more. From the Blogs Cryptographer Adi Shamir Prevented From Attending NSA History Conference: In an e-mail to colleagues, Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir recounts the difficulties he faced in getting a visa to attend the 2013 Cryptologic History Symposium sponsored by the National Security Agency. Secrecy News has reprinted […]

FAS Roundup: October 14, 2013

New report on MANPADS threat, anniversary of LTBT, Iran’s enrichment of uranium and much more. Publication: Report Examines MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It On November 28, 2002, terrorists fired two Soviet-designed SA-7 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) at an Israeli plane destined for Tel Aviv as it departed from Moi International Airport in […]

FAS Roundup: October 7, 2013

New START numbers, India’s missile modernization and much more. From the Blogs India’s Missile Modernization Beyond Minimal Deterrence: Until now, all Indian ballistic missiles have carried only one warhead each to constrain India’s minimum deterrence posture. This has changed with India’s newest missile, the Agni V, which officials from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) […]

FAS Roundup: September 30, 2013

Plutonium shortage, court rules against CIA and much more. From the Blogs Court Curbs CIA Use of a FOIA Exception: A federal court ruled last month that the CIA tried to make “inappropriate” use of an exemption from the Freedom of Information Act to withhold information that was not subject to the exemption. The judge ruled […]

FAS Roundup: September 23, 2013

Obama’s nuclear guidance, eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons and much more. Falling Short of Prague: Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Employment Policy In a new article published in Arms Control Today, Mr. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, writes that the Obama administration’s nuclear guidance continues Cold War thinking by reaffirming old principals. Although the guidance endorses the […]

FAS Roundup: September 16, 2013

Dutch response to B61-12, waste storage at Yucca Mountain and much more. From the Blogs Policy Response to Intelligence Revelations Lags: The government’s fiscal year is set to end in a few weeks and an intelligence authorization bill for fiscal year 2014 is nowhere in sight. Typically, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees  report intelligence bills in […]

FAS Roundup: September 9, 2013

 Syria, global nuclear weapon inventories and much more. Publications FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson is interviewed in Scientific American on topics such as nuclear disarmament, nuclear power and nuclear energy technologies, and biological and chemical weapons. Ferguson also discusses the new direction for FAS and the renewed focus on nuclear dangers. Read the interview here.    In the new […]