FAS Roundup: August 31, 2015

Debuts September 1st on the website: Scientist Spotlight, a new installment that will feature Q&As with prominent FAS-affiliated scientists and engineers. From the Blogs OLC: President May Withhold WMD Info from Congress: Despite an explicit statutory requirement to keep Congress “fully and currently informed” about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the President may withhold proliferation-related information from Congress if he determines that doing so could harm the national security, according to a sweeping opinion from the […]

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FAS Roundup: August 24, 2015

New Report Moving Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems to Global Deployment: In this FAS Special Report, Charles D. Ferguson, FAS President, identifies the major factors that will affect deployment of advanced reactors (often referred to as Generation IV reactors) in the coming years to decades and analyzes what industry and governments need to do to move forward toward the ultimate goal of widespread deployment of potentially hundreds of highly energy-efficient, much safer, more proliferation-resistant, and economically-competitive nuclear power systems. The main intentions of the report […]

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FAS Roundup: August 17, 2015

From the Blogs Nuclear Weapons Experts File Amicus Brief to Support Marshall Islands Lawsuit Against Nuclear Weapons States: Four nuclear weapons experts, including Hans Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, have filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of a lawsuit filed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands to compel the United States to meet its requirements under the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT). The basic bargain of the NPT is that […]

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FAS Roundup: August 10, 2015

From the Blogs Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Now that an agreement has been reached between the P5+1 and Iran, a non-partisan task force convened by FAS has published a report that addresses anticipated implementation challenges and offers findings and recommendations for strengthening the implementation process both internationally and within the United States. Air Force Issues Guidance on “Media Operations”: As a rule, U.S. Air Force personnel should […]

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FAS Roundup: June 29, 2015

From the Blogs Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly: The Department of Defense recently demonstrated the “Continuous Evaluation” of approximately 100,000 cleared military, civilian and contractor personnel, in order to validate their eligibility for access to classified information on an ongoing basis.According to a new quarterly report on the Insider Threat program, the Department of Defense is on track to expand its Continuous Evaluation capability to 225,000 persons by the end of 2015, to 500,000 persons by […]

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FAS Roundup: May 26, 2015

From the Blogs Average U.S. Troop Cost Nearly Doubled Since 1980: The average cost to the U.S. defense budget per individual troop member has increased sharply over the past few decades, a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service found, reflecting changes in the size and structure of the U.S. military. Secrecy News also obtained new CRS reports on alternative scenarios for the United States to produce 80 plutonium “pits” for nuclear weapons every year by 2027 and […]

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FAS Roundup: May 18, 2015

From the Blogs House Renews Ban on CRS Publication of Its Reports: The Congressional Research Service (CRS) will continue to be barred from releasing its reports to the public, the House Appropriations Committee said in its report on legislative branch appropriations for the coming year. Because Congress prohibits CRS from publishing its own reports, most CRS reports are only available to the public from non-governmental organizations that take the initiative to gather and publish them. Many […]

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FAS Roundup: May 11, 2015

How South Korea Could Acquire and Deploy Nuclear Weapons With security concerns in Northeast Asia regarding North Korea’s build up of its nuclear weapons arsenal, there is a possibility that states in the region, including South Korea and Japan, would consider and start to develop nuclear weapons. In a new paper published by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson examines the rationale for South Korea to acquire these weapons, and presents […]

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FAS Roundup: May 4, 2015

From the Blogs CIA Reviews “Operational Files” Exemptions from FOIA: The CIA Information Act of 1984 authorizes the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to designate certain Agency records as “operational files.” Doing so makes them exempt not only from disclosure, but even from search and review under the Freedom of Information Act. The 1984 Act also requires the Agency to perform a “decennial review” at least every ten years in order to determine whether any […]

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FAS Roundup: April 27, 2015

Russia Nuclear Forces, 2015 Currently, Russia is modernizing its strategic and nonstrategic warheads; it currently has 4,500 nuclear warheads and 1,780 are deployed on missiles and bomber bases. Additionally, there are 700 strategic warheads and 2,000 nonstrategic warheads in storage, and an estimated 3,200 retired but largely intact warheads awaiting dismantlement. In the latest Nuclear Notebook, Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris examine Russia’s nuclear arsenal and strategy. Despite Russian nuclear threats, they are not building […]

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