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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FAS Roundup: September 22, 2014

From the Blogs Energy Dept to Review Classification Standards for Clarity: The Department of Energy will review its classification standards to improve clarity and eliminate ambiguities, the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration told FAS in a letter of response to the case of James Doyle. Doyle is a political scientist who worked at Los Alamos and published an article on nuclear weapons policy that was initially cleared for publication, but then was said to […]

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FAS Roundup: September 15, 2014

From the Blogs New Exemptions from 50 Year Declassification Approved: Most of the national security agencies in the executive branch have now been granted approval to exempt certain 50 year old classified information from automatic declassification. The national security classification system normally requires declassification of classified documents as they become 25 years old, with several specified exemptions to allow continued classification up to 50 years. “Ingenuity” Could Not Prevent Atom Bomb Espionage: When the internal history of the Manhattan Project […]

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FAS Roundup: September 9, 2014

Why NATO Should Eliminate its Tactical Nukes, Despite Russian Belligerence In a new op-ed  published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, Hans Kristensen and Adam Mount, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, write that with the NATO summit in Wales, it is time to revisit the question of what to do with U.S. tactical nukes in Europe. Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and claims […]

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FAS Roundup: September 2, 2014

Worldwide Deployment of Nuclear Weapons Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, and Robert Norris, Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, estimate that there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons located at  98 sites in 14 countries. Roughly 10,000 of these weapons are in military arsenals; the remaining weapons are retired and awaiting dismantlement. Approximately 4,000 are operationally available, and 1,800 are on high alert and ready for use on short notice. In the latest Nuclear Notebook […]

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FAS Roundup: August 25, 2014

From the Blogs WWII Atomic Bomb Project Had More Than 1500 “Leaks”: The Manhattan Project was among the most highly classified and tightly secured programs ever undertaken by the U.S. government. Nevertheless, it generated more than 1,500 leak investigations involving unauthorized disclosures of classified Project information. This fact was disclosed in the latest declassified volume of the official Manhattan District History. Manufacturing Nuclear Weapon Pits and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS […]

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FAS Roundup: August 11, 2014

From the Blogs Congress Grapples with Classification Issues: A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would direct the President to reduce the amount of classified information by 10%. It is one of several new congressional initiatives seeking to rectify perceived defects in the national security classification system. Most prominently, the Senate Intelligence Committee is engaged in an ongoing dispute with the Administration over declassification of the Committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.Asylum for Unaccompanied […]

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Naval Reactors and HEU

FAS President Charles D. Ferguson gave a presentation on August 5th at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the use of highly enriched uranium (a weapons-usable fissile material) in naval reactors. He discussed an ongoing FAS-led task force (funded by the MacArthur Foundation) that includes about a dozen leading experts in nuclear engineering, nuclear security, and nuclear safeguards. Specifically, he asked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s experts to advise him on this study. Dozens of people […]

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FAS Roundup: August 4, 2014

Advancing U.S. Leadership in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Energy through Effective Partnerships Although the United States still has the largest number of nuclear power plants in the world, it does not dominate global nuclear power. While the United States was the leading nuclear power supplying nation more than thirty years ago, the reality today is clearly that the U.S. nuclear industry is only one of several major suppliers. In a new FAS issue brief, Dr. Charles Ferguson […]

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