FAS Roundup: May 3, 2016

FAS Special Event: “30 Years After the Accident: the Meaning of Chernobyl Today?” Leading experts came together to discuss Chernobyl on the eve of its 30th anniversary, the lessons learned, and possible implications that this fateful event has for the nuclear industry today. Speaker presentations are available on fas.org and stay tuned for a full recording of the […]

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FAS Roundup: April 26, 2016

FAS Attends GEO Review Panel Chris Bidwell, Senior fellow for Law and Policy, was invited to participate in a recent GAO review panel on Gaps in DHS and FBI Biological Attribution Capabilities. The review took place over a two day period at GAO headquarters in Washington DC. GAO will eventually publish its findings in an […]

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FAS Roundup: April 19, 2016

From the Blogs Counting Casualties in Syria & Iraq, and More from CRS: The number of people killed in Syria since March 2011 is variously estimated to be between 250,000 and 470,000. The number of estimated casualties in Iraq ranges from 19,000 to 41,650 deaths since January 2014. A new report from the Congressional Research Service somewhat clinically discusses […]

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FAS Roundup: April 12, 2016

From the Blogs   Nuclear Transparency and the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan: Hans Kristensen, director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, addresses the Obama administration’s nuclear policy, mainly what other nuclear-armed states should (or could) disclose regarding their nuclear arsenals in order to improve communication about the role of nuclear weapons and avoid misunderstands and […]

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FAS Roundup: April 5, 2016

Scientist Spotlight with FAS Board Member, Dr. Rosina Bierbaum Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is a Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Michigan with appointments in both the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the School of Public Health. This month, she took on the additional role as the Roy F. Weston Chair in […]

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FAS Roundup: March 29, 2016

35 Nobel Laureates in the Sciences Call on World Leaders to Take Action on Nuclear Terrorism In a letter today, 35 Nobel Laureates from physics, chemistry, and medicine urge national leaders attending President Obama’s fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit on March 31st to reduce the risk of nuclear or radiological terrorism to near-zero. The signees stress […]

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FAS Roundup: March 22, 2016

From the Blogs Former Presidents with Benefits, and More from CRS: The government’s proposed FY2017 budget would increase spending on benefits for former Presidents by 17.9% (to $3,865,000) over the previous year’s level. “The increase in requested appropriations for FY2017 anticipates President Barack Obama’s transition from incumbent to former President,” according to a new report from the Congressional […]

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FAS Roundup: March 15, 2016

Report Release: Use of Microbial Forensics in the Middle East/North Africa Region In this report, Christoper Bidwell, JD and Randall Murch, PhD, explore the use of microbial forensics as a tool for creating a common base line for understanding biologically-triggered phenomena, as well as one that can promote mutual cooperation in addressing these phenomena. A […]

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FAS Roundup: March 8, 2016

FAS Board Member Martin Hellman Co-Wins Turing Award On Tuesday, March 1, the Association for Computing Machinery announced that Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie have won this year’s Turing Award for their pioneering work in public-key cryptography and digital signatures, the foundation for most security protocols on the internet today. The award is frequently described […]

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FAS Roundup: March 1, 2016

From the Blogs PBS Newshour Takes On The Holy Nuclear Triad: As the Pentagon prepares for an extensive (and expensive) overhaul of the country’s outdated land, air, and sea-based nuclear weapons, supporters and critics alike weigh in on whether a “fully-equipped” nuclear triad is truly essential for national defense and deterrence or if it’s high time […]

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