Creating a More Secure World: FAS February Achievements

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) continues to put the generous support of our members to effective use. In just the last month, 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 in February include:

Nuclear Security

  • FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson spoke at a meeting of the Arms Control Association on the Multilateral “P-5+1” talks with Iran over its nuclear program. You can read a transcript of his presentation here.
  • The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BOAS) revealed that the Nuclear Notebook, published by Robert Norris and Hans Kristensen, FAS Director of the Nuclear Information Project, is now the most frequently read article in the magazine. In addition, the Nuclear Notebook now makes up four out of the five most read articles on the BOAS publisher’s website. You can read more here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson presented a paper to a workshop hosted by the Johns Hopkins University’s U.S.-Korea Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies that examined the technical, political, and security factors influencing states’ decisions about nuclear fuel cycle choices. You can access his presentation here.
  • Hans Kristensen gave a presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on creating nuclear transparency through science, technology, and collaboration. You can access his presentation here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson was featured on PBS NewsHour. He discussed radiological threats, what the United States government has done since September 11, 2001, to secure radioactive sources that could fuel so-called dirty bombs, and what the government has done to develop and deploy radiation detection technologies. You can watch the video segment here.
  • Hans Kristensen was invited to sit on a panel at Georgetown University on tactical nuclear weapons in the context of the next U.S. – Russia arms control efforts. He will provide a brief overview of U.S. and Russian tactical nukes. You can learn more here.
  • Dr. Charles Ferguson gave a presentation at the U.S. Department of State’s conference on “Atoms for Development.” He discussed the responsibilities for international cooperation for peaceful nuclear technologies, and recommended that the U.S. and other countries commit to improving the nuclear nonproliferation system need to use all the levers at their power to apply more rigorous nuclear safeguards. You can access his presentation here.
  • Air Force Magazine published a chart of U.S. and Russian nuclear warhead inventories created by Hans Kristensen. You can access the chart here.

Arms Sales Monitoring Project

  • Matt Schroeder, Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project, acquired two previously unreleased U.S. government reports on arms transfers, one on recent sales of U.S. weapons, and the other on arms purchased for the Afghanistan government with U.S. military aid. Read his analysis here.

Learning Technologies Program

  • Melanie Stegman, Director of the Learning Technologies Program, was invited to speak at the first-ever Technologies in Education Forum host by the Atlantic Monthly.

Earth Systems Program

  • The International Science Partnership, a science diplomacy program designed to bring together American scientists with counterparts in developing countries, was awarded $91,000 by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation. You can learn more about the ISP program here.
  • Lindsey Marburger, Manager of the Earth Systems Program, analyzes the unique opportunities provided by upheaval in the Middle East and science and technology (S&T) initiatives. Read her analysis here.

FAS is a leader in bringing technical, nonpartisan analysis to policy makers, the press, and the public, and in using science to make the world more secure.

Thank you for your continued support of FAS. I look forward to keeping you up to date on all of our efforts and accomplishments in the days ahead.





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