Creating a More Secure World Through Your Support

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) continues to put the generous support of our members to effective use. In just the last few months, FAS experts have educated policy makers, the press, and the public in America and abroad about the urgent need for making the world more secure. A few notable accomplishments include:

Nuclear Security

  • FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke to the 14th Annual Forum 2000 in Prague, founded by former Czech President Vaclav Havel  and Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, and titled “The World We Want to Live In.” Dr. Ferguson discussed nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and why political leaders need to make ensuring security for all nations the top priority. You can read his speech, access the transcript, and watch the video here. In addition, he gave a speech about the urgent need for world leadership to prevent nuclear weapons use at a special exhibit about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Dr. Ivan Oelrich and Ms. Ivanka Barzashka presented their findings on the Iranian nuclear crisis at the “Security and the Middle East” Conference at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. There were participants from over 30 organizations worldwide present, with senior political leaders from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. in attendance.
  • Hans Kristensen, FAS Director of the Nuclear Information Project, discovered and documented new Chinese deployments of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in central China by analyzing commercial satellite imagery. You can read his report here.
  • The Nuclear Information Project disclosed the unclassified portions of the Obama administration’s National Nuclear Management Plan, the blueprint for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons production and maintenance work for the next two decades. You can read the plan here.
  • FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson gave a speech at the World Federation of Scientists conference in Erice, Italy, titled “The Ecology of International Security.” You can access a transcript of his speech here (PDF).
  • Hans Kristensen briefed the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Program of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California in San Diego, California, on NATO’s nuclear weapons policy. You can view his presentation slides here.
  • Dr. Ivan Oelrich and Ms. Ivanka Barzashka coauthored a chapter on the Iranian nuclear crisis to be published in a special issue of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs on nuclear proliferation and the new security order in the Middle East.
  • Hans Kristensen participated in a National Security Working Group on Capitol Hill with congressional staffers and key NGO leaders on nuclear security strategy in October.
  • Dr. Ivan Oelrich was hosted by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan on a tour of nuclear power production facilities and manufacturing sites, including the fast-neutron reactor at Monju, the plutonium reprocessing facilities at Rokkasho, and the Japan Steel Works’ giant reactor vessel manufacturing plant at Muroran.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson wrote a chapter on the implications for Asia security and global nuclear nonproliferation concerning the growth of nuclear energy. This chapter was published in the National Bureau of Asian Research’s recent volume on Asia’s Rising Power and America’s Continued Purpose.

Arms Sales Monitoring Project

  • Matt Schroeder, Manager of the FAS Arms Sales Monitoring Project is shaping the public debate on policies affecting arms trafficking by working with journalists from numerous media outlets and publications. Here is a short list articles that used Matt as a source.

“Stop Panicking About the Stingers” Foreign Policy magazine

“U.S. Aircraft Portable-Missile Defense May Cost $43 Billion” Bloomberg

“Taliban access to missiles a worry; Surface-to-air weapons could be a game-changer in the Afghan war” Los Angeles Times

“Congress Stops Funding Commercial Airline Defense Tech” Popular Mechanics

  • Matt Schroeder has also given presentations on the arms trade and illicit arms trafficking at the United Nations and at an international conference of military officials held in London.

Project on Government Secrecy

  • An article by Steve Aftergood, Director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, was featured on Foreign that examined the current state of government secrecy and the over-classification of information. You can read his article here.
  • Government Secrecy uncovered and made public a new report from the Intelligence Science Board on the utility of non-coercive interviews as compared to coercion or torture. You can see his report here.
  • Steve Aftergood gave an interview in September to the Washington Post that promoted a greater role for the Government Accountability Office in the intelligence oversight. In October, President Obama signed a bill directing the DNI to issue a directive on GAO access to intelligence information. You can read a transcript of the interview here.
  • Government Secrecy published a comparison of the uncensored and censored texts of a new memoir of the Afghanistan war, after the Pentagon insisted that certain passages be blocked from the publication. You can read the comparison here.

Earth Systems

  • Earth Systems Program Manager Lindsey Marburger and FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson visited Sana’a, Yemen, to assess the Yemeni science community’s interest in and capacity for collaboration in piloting the new International Science Partnership (ISP) project. You can learn more about ISP, and read blog entries from the trip here.
  • FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson and Earth Systems Program Manager Lindsey Marburger published an article in Nature magazine arguing in favor for building nuclear power plants in the United States. You can find the article here.
  • The Earth Systems Program released a High Performance Building Guide for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates , which provides resources and recommendations to help Habitat for Humanity – a key low-income housing provider – build greener, more energy efficient, more cost effective, and healthier housing. You can read a synopsis of the guide here.

Learning Technologies

  • The Learning Technologies program began production of Immune Attack 2.0, building upon the many successes of the first version. You can learn more and meet our new production team here.

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