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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FAS Roundup: July 28, 2014

Advanced nuclear reactors, U.S. sanctions on Russia and more.  From the Blogs A Look Behind President Clinton’s Veto of an Anti-Leak Bill: In 2000, both houses of Congress passed legislation that would have made any leak of classified information a felony. The provision, contained in the FY2001 intelligence authorization act, was designed “to ensure the prosecution of all unauthorized disclosures of classified information” said Sen. Richard Shelby, the primary sponsor of the provision, at the time. While some unauthorized […]

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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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