FAS Roundup: July 21, 2014

House amendment to cut NSC budget, nuclear risks and more.  From the Blogs DNI Issues New Policy on Leak Damage Assessments: The Director of National Intelligence has issued new guidance on assessing damage resulting from the unauthorized disclosure of classified intelligence information to ensure that the damage assessments “are produced in an efficient, timely, consistent and collaborative manner.” Leak damage assessments should be used iteratively and the lessons learned from them should be applied “to strengthen the protection of […]

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FAS Roundup: July 7, 2014

New Nuclear Notebook, ODNI declassifies data on surveillance and more.  Slowing Nuclear Weapon Reductions and Endless Nuclear Weapon Modernizations: A Challenge to the NPT The nine nuclear-armed states have large residual nuclear arsenals, and post-Cold War reductions of nuclear weapons have slowed. Nuclear nations have undertaken ambitious nuclear weapon modernization programs that threaten to prolong the nuclear era indefinitely. These trends present a challenge to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty community, appearing to contradict the promises […]

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FAS Roundup: June 30, 2014

Crisis in Iraq and U.S. policy, Army directive on retaliation for reporting crime and more. From the Blogs “For Official Use Only” is Used Too Much at DHS, House Says: In a new report on Department of Homeland Appropriations for 2015, the House Appropriations Committee found that there is too much information that is marked “For Official Use Only” at DHS. Efforts to sort out what is really sensitive have “wasted substantial staff resources,” the report said. Therefore, […]

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FAS Roundup: June 23, 2014

Funds for IC whistleblower support, new CRS reports and more From the Blogs Rep. Holt Adds Funds for IC Whistleblower Support: Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) devised an amendment to the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill that would earmark $2 million for investigation of intelligence community whistleblower complaints.  The amendment was approved by the House of Representatives on June 18. The money was taken from the intelligence community management account and allocated to the IC whistleblowing and source protection directorate within […]

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FAS Roundup: June 16, 2014

New issue of the PIR, DoD report on Chinese military forces and more. Spring Issue of the Public Interest Report The Spring issue of the PIR is now available online; it includes articles on Hezbollah’s use of drones, nuclear terrorism and Pakistan’s energy crisis. Spring 2014 Public Interest Report Volume 67, No 2 CONTENTS: The Evolution of the Senate Arms Control Observer Group PDF Version The National Security Working Group (NSWG) began as the Arms Control Observer […]

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FAS Roundup: June 2, 2014

Global biosecurity engagement, House intel report on surveillance and more. Examining Global Biosecurity Engagement Programs Global biosecurity engagement programs are designed to prevent the harmful use of biological agents and pathogens. It is difficult to measure the effectiveness of these programs in improving biosecurity given that there have been relatively few attempts to misuse the life sciences. Metrics that focus on outputs (what was done) as opposed to outcomes (the impact of what was done) […]

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FAS Roundup: May 19, 2014

Nuclear weapons modernization, nuclear exercises amidst crisis in Ukraine and more. Nuclear Weapons Modernization: A Threat to the NPT? In 1968, the five declared nuclear-weapon states pledged under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue negotiations to cease production of nuclear arms. However, all of the world’s nuclear-armed states are busy modernizing their arsenals, and by doing so, continue to reaffirm the importance of such weapons. In a new article published in Arms Control Today, Hans […]

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FAS Roundup: May 12, 2014

Russian ICBM modernization, ODNI requires pre-publication review of all public information and more. From the Blogs JASON Views Challenges of Electronic Health Data: The ongoing transition to electronic storage of individual health information was examined in a newly released study from the JASON scientific advisory panel. The JASON study addresses the tension between personal health information, which is “sensitive and therefore must be carefully safeguarded,” and aggregated population health data, which are “a highly valuable, and largely untapped, resource […]

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FAS Roundup: May 5, 2014

U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile number declassified, ODNI seeks to obscure CIA role in human intelligence and more. From the Blogs Using Classification to Curb Secrecy: When government employees believe that classified information in their possession is improperly classified, they “are encouraged and expected” to challenge its classification status, according to President Obama’s executive order 13526 (section 1.8). And sometimes they do. In FY 2012, there were 402 classification challenges filed by government employees. Such classification challenges have the potential to […]

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Letter to President Obama on Nonproliferation Spending Cuts

FAS president Dr. Charles Ferguson joins 99 experts from the nonproliferation and arms control community in signing a letter to President Obama expressing frustration and concern over budget cuts for vital nuclear material security and nonproliferation programs, and urges Obama to work with Congress to increase funding for core nuclear security programs. The FY 2015 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) reduces funding for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and the […]

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