FAS Roundup: April 8, 2013

Analysis of New START data, report on Iran’s nuclear program, updated U.S. nuclear war plan and much more.

From the Blogs

U.S. Nuclear War Plan Updated Amidst Nuclear Policy Review: As the White House is finishing a review of nuclear weapons policy, the U.S. Strategic Command has quietly put into effect a new strategic nuclear war plan. The new plan, which entered into effect in July 2012, is called OPLAN 8010-12 Strategic Deterrence and Force Employment. OPLAN 8010-12 is the first strategic nuclear war plan update made since the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review in 2010.

Defense Doctrine Offers Insight Into Military Operations: Secrecy News has obtained a  new Army manual which offers details into military operations. According to U.S. Army doctrine, “reconnaissance assets, like artillery assets, are never kept in reserve.” In other words, whatever means you may have to gather information about the activities and capabilities of an adversary should be fully deployed, not held back.

A Contaminated Teddy Bear: In a new post on the ScienceWonk Blog, Dr. Y poses a question after a hypothetical radiological emergency: clean up until all contamination is gone, or clean up until appropriate regulatory limits are met?

North Korean Nukes, Domestic Drones and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained new Congressional Research Service reports on topics such as domestic drone use in the United States, updated summary of open source reporting on North Korean nuclear program, and Congressional use of Twitter and social media.

New START Data: U.S. Reductions Picking Up; Russia Flatlining: On April 3, the State Department released the latest New START Treaty aggregate data that indicates that U.S. warhead reductions under the treaty are finally picking up. Russia, which is already below the treaty limit, has been more or less flatlining over the past year. Hans Kristensen writes that in perspective, the warhead reductions achieved under New START so far are not impressive: since the treaty entered into effect in February 2011, the world’s two largest nuclear weapons states – with combined stockpiles of nearly 10,000 warheads – have only reduced their deployed arsenals by a total of 203 warheads.

Iran’s Nuclear Odyssey: Costs and Risks

The Federation of American Scientists and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have released a new report, “Iran’s Nuclear Odyssey: Costs and Risks” which analyzes the economic effects of Iran’s nuclear program, and policy implications of sanctions and other actions by the United States and other allies.

The report analyzes the policy implications of Iran’s nuclear program for the United States and its allies, concluding that economic sanctions nor military force cannot end this prideful program; it is imperative that a diplomatic solution is reached to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful. Finally, efforts need to be made to the Iranians from Washington which clearly state that America and its allies prefer a prosperous and peaceful Iran versus an isolated and weakened Iran. Public diplomacy and nuclear diplomacy must go hand in hand.

Read the report:

Web version


Event: Safe, Secure and Peaceful Use- Nuclear Energy and Safeguards

On April 10, FAS, the Global America Business Institute (GABI), and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), will host a workshop on nuclear energy and safeguards at the University of California Washington DC Center from 2pm to 4:15pm. The workshop agenda can be found here. Seating is limited, to register please contact Alan Ahn.

Call for Applications: Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament Project

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) was established in 1979 as the international community’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum. FAS and the Pacific Islands Society recognize that young experts in foreign policy could play a key role in Pacific Island Countries  engagement on counter-proliferation and disarmament issues and launching the “Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament Project” to provide these young experts in foreign policy with an international forum to voice their ideas.

For more information on the project click here.

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