Ballistic Missile Defense and Strategic Stability in East Asia

On February 20, 2015, FAS hosted a workshop examining ballistic missile defense in East Asia and strategic stability between the United States and China. A new project led by Charles Ferguson, FAS president, and Bruce MacDonald, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Technology, is examining the security implications of possible Chinese deployment of strategic ballistic missile defense. In the Winter 2015 Public Interest Report, Ferguson writes about nuclear strategic stability between the United States and China, and results […]

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FAS Roundup: February 23, 2015

Winter 2015 Public Interest Report Now Online  Winter 2015 Public Interest Report Volume 68, No. 1 Look to Texas Rather Than Nevada for a Site Selection Process on Nuclear Waste Disposal PDF Version For the past three years, Texas has been accepting what so many other states and localities have rejected in past decades- radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants. A newly opened private facility operated by Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County, Texas, has […]

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FAS Roundup: February 9, 2015

From the Blogs Security-Cleared Population Drops by 10%: The number of people who hold security clearances for access to classified information has been reduced by ten percent, the White House said in budget request documents released last week. The security-cleared population has grown steadily for several years, with 5.1 million people eligible for classified access, according to the latest data from October 2013. Taking the new ten percent reduction into account, the total number of cleared individuals should now […]

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FAS Roundup: February 2, 2015

Big Data: Stealth Control Everyone who uses the Internet is implicated in a web of data collection; it relies on user data to produced tailored advertising revenue to support growth and free use. This digital profiling produces “the black box society,” in which basic societal functions are performed in deliberate obscurity via collection and algorithmic manipulation of personal data such as location, age and political affiliation. In a new study, law professor Frank Pasquale examines how […]

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FAS Roundup: January 26, 2015

From the Blogs SSCI Wants Copies of Full Torture Report Returned: Senator Richard Burr, the new chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote to President Obama last week asking that all copies of the classified 6,700 page Committee report on CIA interrogation practices be returned immediately to the Committee. While the redacted summary of the report has been publicly released, the full report has not been made public. Among other things, the proposed return of the […]

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FAS Roundup: January 19, 2015

From the Blogs Declassification of Nuclear Build Rate Sought: Last week, FAS submitted a petition to the Department of Energy to declassify the annual rate at which the United States built new nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War; this information would enrich the public understanding of the historical development of the U.S. stockpile. Total annual build rates have previously been declassified for 1945 to 1961. “Insider Threat” Program Lags Behind Schedule: The government-wide effort to contain […]

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FAS Roundup: January 12, 2015

New Nuclear Notebook For the past 28 years, the Nuclear Notebook has provided policymakers and public with critical, unclassified estimates of worldwide nuclear arsenals. This includes research on what kind of weapons are deployed, where they are located, stockpile trends, and methods of delivery. Notebook authors Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at FAS, and Robert Norris, FAS Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, take a look at some of the major accomplishments of […]

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FAS Roundup: December 15, 2014

From the Blogs CIA Torture Report: Oversight, by No Remedies Yet: Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the CIA’s post 9/11 interrogation program. The report details the inhumane and brutal treatment of detainees, and was not a story the CIA was motivated to tell. Steven Aftergood writes that the Committee report is a remarkable demonstration of the congressional oversight function as it was performed in adverse, unfavorable conditions, as committee questions were […]

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FAS at the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

The Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held on December 8-9 in Vienna; this was the third in a series of conferences organized by a growing number of countries and humanitarian organizations to discuss the risks nuclear weapons pose to humanity. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, participated in the conference and gave two presentations. The first was to the ICAN Civil Society Forum on the overall status of worldwide […]

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FAS Roundup: December 8, 2014

From the Blogs Invention Secrecy Orders Reach a 20 Year High: Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, secrecy orders may be imposed whenever, in the judgment of an executive branch agency, the disclosure of a patent application would be “detrimental to the national security.” At the end of FY14, there were 5, 520 invention secrecy orders in effect, the highest number since 1994. But, it is unclear whether this reflects growing innovation in sensitive technology areas, […]

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