FAS Roundup: March 30, 2015

From the Blogs H-Bomb History Published Over Government Objections: Physicist Kenneth W. Ford, who participated in the design of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, has published a memoir of his experiences despite the objections of Energy Department reviewers who requested substantial redactions in the text. “Building the H Bomb: A Personal History” was released this month, and provides an eyewitness account of several crucial episodes in the development of the hydrogen bomb. Growing Data Collection Inspires Openness […]

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FAS Roundup: March 16, 2015

From the Blogs Data and Goliath: Confronting the Surveillance Society: We have all become immersed in a sea of electronic data collection. Before we have had a chance to collectively think about what this phenomenal growth in data production and collection means, it threatens to become an irreversible feature of our lives. The new book Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World by security technologist Bruce Schneier, explores the various […]

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FAS Roundup: March 9, 2015

US Nuclear Forces, 2015 Over the next decade, the United States plans to spend as much as $350 billion on nuclear force modernization and maintenance. In the latest Nuclear Notebook, FAS’ Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris estimate that the United States maintains about 4,760 nuclear warheads. Of this total, 2,080 warheads are deployed while 2,680 are in storage for potential upload onto missiles and aircraft. Additionally, there are 2,340 retired (but still intact) […]

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New Interactive Nuclear Notebook

A new interactive infographic detailing information on the world’s nuclear arsenals from 1945 to 2013 is now live on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Nuclear Notebook is published in the Bulletin and is written by FAS’ Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris. The research and data provided in the Notebook by Kristensen and Norris gives reliable information on worldwide nuclear force levels and trends that is widely cited by scholars, […]

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FAS Roundup: March 2, 2015

From the Blogs Battle of the Bands: Army Music Doctrine: The U.S. Army has issued a new doctrine on the role of music in military operations. Secrecy News has obtained a copy of the doctrine which “provides key guidance pertaining to the mission, organization, and operation of music performance units (MPUs)” — otherwise known as Army bands. “This manual should serve as a guide for training and operations based on the tenets of music supporting unified […]

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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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