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FAS Roundup: September 3, 2013

Chemical weapons in Syria, U.S. intel agency budgets and much more. Chemical Weapons in Syria In the wake of the chemical weapons attack last week in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats Charles P. Blair provides an overview of the chemical weapons that Syria may have including chlorine, white phosphorus, […]

FAS Roundup: August 26, 2013

Summer issue of the PIR, Fukushima and much more. Summer Issue of the Public Interest Report The Summer issue of the PIR is now available online; it includes articles on benefits and challenges of active monitoring of nuclear weapons, history of the U.S. nuclear stockpile,  and mechanisms to attract students to the nuclear policy field. Summer 2013 Public […]

FAS Roundup: August 19, 2013

Radioactive waste, military support to civil authorities and much more. From the Blogs Leaks Inspire GAO Review of “Classification Inflation”: In wake of Edward Snowden leaks, Representative Duncan Hunter requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO)  review the current U.S. classification system. The main concern is that unnecessary secrecy may put legitimate secrets at risk and overclassification […]

FAS Roundup: August 12, 2013

Military tests data mining of social media, news from Fukushima and much more. From the Blogs Army Establishes Insider Threat Program: In wake of the Bradley Manning verdict, the Secretary of the Army formally established the Army Insider Threat Program.  The directive requires development and implementation of “a technical capability to monitor user activity on the Secure Internet Protocol Router […]

FAS Roundup: August 5, 2013

U.S. and Iran relations, publishing secrets, missile defense, and much more. Publications The Making of an Iraq Sequel in Iran: In a new op-ed published in The Hill, Special Projects Director Mr. Mark Jansson writes that with the election of moderate Hassan Rouhani to Iran’s presidency, there is an opportunity for the U.S. to lay the groundwork for compromise […]

FAS Roundup: July 29, 2013

Dynamics of government secrecy, U.S. sub forces, Syria and much more. Publications Lessons Unlearned:  Syria is the first WMD-armed country to descend into civil war. How the United States and the world handles Syria will unmistakably affect future dealings in similar situations in which hostile countries possess WMDs.  In a new article in the Bulletin of the […]

FAS Roundup: July 22, 2013

U.S. relations with new Iranian president, missile defense and much more. Publications Countering an Iranian Rope-a-Dope: In a new op-ed published in Roll Call, FAS Special Projects Director Mr. Mark Jansson writes that the United States needs to be patient, flexible and relax pressure on sanctions in order to work with new Iranian president Hasan Rouhani […]

FAS Roundup: July 15, 2013

New Air Force intel report on nukes, White House withholding presidential directives and much more. From the Blogs Behind the Scenes at the Congressional Research Service: A long-running personnel dispute at the Congressional Research Service offers up conflicting visions of the proper role of the congressional support agency, which provides policy and legal analysis to Congress. […]

FAS Roundup: July 1, 2013

U.S. secrecy system, patenting life and much more. From the Blogs Secrecy System Shows Signs of Contraction: Recently released government data shows that the creation of new national security secrets dropped sharply in 2012. While the proper boundaries of official secrecy remain a matter of intense dispute, the secrecy system itself is showing surprising new signs […]

FAS Roundup: June 24, 2013

Obama’s new nuclear guidance, look at Senate Intelligence Committee, radiological ray gun and much more. From the Blogs New Nuclear Weapons Employment Guidance Puts Obama’s Fingerprint on Nuclear Weapons Policy and Strategy: On June 19, the Obama administration released its long-awaited new guidance on nuclear weapons employment policy. On one hand, the guidance directs pursuit […]