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 Mombasa, Kenya. The missiles missed their target but the incident was a wake-up call for governments around the world. Shortly after the attack, the United States created […]
Charles P. Blair, Director of the Terrorism Analysis Project, presented at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) Nuclear Security D.C. Policy Series on December 15, 2011 regarding his recent research regarding nuclear and radiological non-state adversaries to the United States and violent non-state actor radiological and nuclear command and control. […]
The discovery and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan raises troubling questions. The success of the U.S.’s airborne raid on bin Laden’s compound-undetected by Pakistan’s radar- lends credence to the belief that terrorists might be capable of successfully seizing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. Mr. Charles P. Blair has authored a new FAS report (PDF) […]
Today I gave two presentations to Brookhaven National Laboratory on the topics of radiological terrorism and attacks on nuclear facilities such as nuclear power plants. These presentations were for a course of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear policy given this month at the laboratory. The course is part of the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative sponsored by the […]
Listen to a new edition of the FAS Podcast: “A Conversation With An Expert,” featuring Charles Blair, new Director of the FAS Terrorism Analysis Project. Topics discussed include details on the new Terrorism Analysis Project, the most threatening violent non-state actors, the Pakistan neo-Taliban, the motivations behind a potential nuclear or radiological attack on the […]
This study (PDF) published in March 2004 looks at how the Organization of American States Treaty has worked to date and how U.S. ratification and full participation will help stem the illicit traffic in small arms. Read the report Small Arms, Terrorism and the OAS Firearms Convention (PDF).