Posts tagged with Syria

2013 FAS Accomplishments

With generous support from members and donors, FAS was able to continue its work to provide science-based analysis of and practical solutions to reduce dangers from weapons of mass destruction, as well as to promote greater accountability of government in secrecy and classification policies. A list of achievements by topic can be found below. Nuclear […]

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 […]

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Event: The Chemicals, Conflict and Challenges in Syria

With pressure from the U.S. and Russia, Syria acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention in September 2013 and agreed to participate in an accelerated process to destroy the chemical weapons. While this has been received as an unexpected yet positive development, the implementation of such a process raises significant science and security issues. The Federation […]

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 […]

The Syrian Civil War and WMDs

On September 5, 2013, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats Charles Blair spoke to staff at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC on the current conflict in Syria and the use of weapons of mass destruction. Slides from the presentation which include information on chemical weapons, the incidents in Syria and possible U.S. […]

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: 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 […]