Video Shows Earth-Penetrating Capability of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

By Hans M. Kristensen and Matthew McKinzie* The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) previously published pictures of the drop […]

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U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from broad public distribution include the following. U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues, updated November 3, 2015 The New START Treaty: Central Limits and Key Provisions, updated November 3, 2015 Iran Sanctions, updated November 3, 2015 Tropical Storm? The Supreme […]

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FAS Roundup: October 27, 2015

Scientist Spotlight This new installment features prominent FAS-affiliated scientists and engineers. Dr. Bethany Goldblum is a member of the research faculty at UC Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering  and is currently focusing her studies on nuclear security science. Read the full Q&A with her here. From the Blogs New Nuclear Notebook: Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2015: This issue […]

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Creating a Community for Global Security

Imagine thousands and potentially millions of scientists committed to making the world safer and more secure. This was the vision of the dedicated group of “atomic scientists” who founded the Federation of Atomic Scientists (the original FAS) in November 1945. As we will soon reach the 70th anniversary, let’s reflect on the meaning of FAS […]

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Review of Benjamin E. Schwartz’s Right of Boom: The Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism (Overlook Press, 2015)

Roadside bombs were devastating to American troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The press has categorized the moment prior to such an explosion as “left of boom,” and that following the explosion as “right of boom.” Defense Department analyst, Benjamin E. Schwartz, has chosen to title his book about nuclear terrorism, Right of Boom. While […]

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FAS Roundup: October 13, 2015

Stay Tuned… …For a special Summer/Fall edition of the Public Interest Report, FAS’s online, quarterly science and security journal featuring articles by members of the FAS network on issues related to foreign policy and national security. The PIR will be published and available for viewing on fas.org this Thursday, October 15th. FAS’ Iran Task Force […]

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Intelligence Lessons from the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting

In 2010, then-Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair convened a panel to review the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting committed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan and the Christmas Day bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab aboard Northwest Flight 253. A redacted version of the resulting panel report was finally declassified and released this week. […]

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FAS Roundup: August 31, 2015

Debuts September 1st on the website: Scientist Spotlight, a new installment that will feature Q&As with prominent FAS-affiliated scientists and engineers. From the Blogs OLC: President May Withhold WMD Info from Congress: Despite an explicit statutory requirement to keep Congress “fully and currently informed” about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the President may withhold proliferation-related information […]

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