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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FAS Roundup: November 24, 2014

How to Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Agreement  Today is the deadline to reach an agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear program. If a deal is reached, how can the program be peacefully monitored and what sort of inspections will be needed to verify that Iran is complying with the agreement? In an interview with Robert McMahon of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chris Bidwell, Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy and co-chair of FAS’s Nuclear […]

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FAS Roundup: November 17, 2014

From the Blogs Pentagon Review to Fix Nuclear Problems- Again: Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues at the cost of billions of dollars. The Pentagon is already planning to spend hundreds of […]

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FAS Roundup: November 10, 2014

Fall 2014 Public Interest Report Now Online Fall 2014 Public Interest Report Volume 67, No. 4 Is ISIL a Radioactive Threat? PDF Version In the past several months, various news stories have raised the possibility that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also commonly referred to as ISIS) could pose a radioactive threat. ISIL is now in control of sizable portions of Iraq and Syria. These ISIL-controlled areas include oilfields, hospitals, universities, and […]

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FAS Roundup: November 3, 2014

From the Blogs 2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released: The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed on October 30, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case: On October 30, a federal court denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit […]

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FAS Roundup: October 27, 2014

From the Blogs Offensive Cyber Operations in US Military Doctrine: A recently disclosed Department of Defense doctrine acknowledges the reality of offensive cyberspace operations and provides a military perspective on their utility. The doctrine is fairly candid about the challenges and limitations of cyberspace operations. How Presidents Arm and Disarm: The administrations that talk the most about reducing nuclear weapons tend to reduce the least. Analysis of the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile shows […]

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FAS Roundup: October 14, 2014

From the Blogs Transcript of 1954 Oppenheimer Hearing Declassified in Full: The transcript of the momentous 1954 Atomic Energy Commission hearing that led the AEC to revoke the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who had led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb, has now been fully declassified by the Department of Energy. The Oppenheimer hearing was a watershed event that signaled a crisis in the nuclear weapons bureaucracy and a […]

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FAS Roundup: October 6, 2014

From the Blogs CIA: Cost of Personal Computer in 1987 is a Secret: Under the information policies of the CIA, even well known public information such as the cost of a personal computer may be withheld from public disclosure. In an article in the CIA’s journal Studies in Intelligence, the cost of the 1987 Commodore Amiga computer was redacted. Yet upon review, a CIA official said the redaction was made in error and the full […]

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