The Clapper “Lie,” and the Senate Intelligence Committee

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has been widely criticized for making a false statement at a March 2013 hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.  What has gone unremarked, however, is the fact that the Committee permitted that statement to stand uncorrected. Sen. Ron Wyden asked DNI James Clapper at a March 12, 2013 hearing “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” DNI […]

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FAS Roundup: November 4, 2013

B61-12 capabilities increasing, parts for small arms and light weapons and much more. From the Blogs Intelligence Spending Dropped Sharply Last Year: Total U.S. intelligence spending last year declined by more than 10%. The reduction in spending was accelerated by the budget sequester which deprived intelligence agencies of billions of dollars beyond the intent of congressional appropriators, who were already cutting intelligence spending anyway. The Director of National Intelligence said that the 2013 budget appropriation for the National Intelligence Program […]

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FAS Roundup: October 14, 2013

New report on MANPADS threat, anniversary of LTBT, Iran’s enrichment of uranium and much more. Publication: Report Examines MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It On November 28, 2002, terrorists fired two Soviet-designed SA-7 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) at an Israeli plane destined for Tel Aviv as it departed from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya. The missiles missed their target but the incident was a wake-up call for governments around the world. After the […]

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Report Examines MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It

Director of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project Matt Schroeder assesses the terrorist threat from MANPADS and efforts by the international community to curb this threat. The report proposes additional measures that governments can take to further reduce the illicit proliferation and use of MANPADS worldwide.

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Report Examines MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It

On November 28, 2002, terrorists fired two Soviet-designed SA-7 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) at an Israeli plane destined for Tel Aviv as it departed from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya. The missiles missed their target but the incident was a wake-up call for governments around the world. Shortly after the attack, the United States created an inter-agency task force to counter the threat posed by MANPADS, with other countries following suit. These countries launched several […]

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Internship Opportunity: Arms Sales Monitoring Project

The Arms Sales Monitoring Project is currently looking for an intern who can assist with research on the illicit acquisition and use of small arms and light weapons. Intern responsibilities include online research, data-gathering and data-checking. Required Qualifications: Intern must have strong online research and writing skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Preferred Qualifications: Technical knowledge of small arms and light weapons Proficiency in MS Excel Bachelor’s degree in a […]

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FAS Roundup: June 3, 2013

Nuclear modernizations in China and North Korea, stockpile security of light weapons and much more. From the Blogs Air Force Briefing Shows Nuclear Modernizations But Ignores US and UK Programs: According to U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command, China and North Korea are developing nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The new Chinese and North Korean systems appear on a slide in a Command Briefing that shows nuclear modernizations in eight of the world’s nine nuclear weapons states. […]

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FAS Roundup: May 13, 2013

Issue brief on regulating nuclear power in Japan, NASA technical database back online, new executive order on government information and much more. Regulating Japanese Nuclear Power in the Wake of the Fukushima Daiichi Accident The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was preventable. The Great East Japan earthquake and the tsunami that followed it were unprecedented events in recent history, but they were not altogether unforeseeable. Stronger regulation across the nuclear power […]

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FAS Symposium Provides Recommendations to Next Administration on Catastrophic Threats

On November 9, 2012, FAS hosted the Symposium on Preventing Catastrophic Threats at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The symposium consisted of three panels that explored catastrophic threats to national and international security, including those posed by nuclear and radiological weapons;  biological, chemical, cyber, and advanced conventional weapons; and threats to energy supply and infrastructure. Distinguished panelists at the symposium offered recommendations to the Obama administration on dealing with these challenges. The following summary offers a glimpse of the issues raised and points made throughout the day. A more detailed account that includes each speaker’s memo to the president is also available in FAS’s symposium report, Recommendations to Prevent Catastrophic Threats. Nukes, Nukes, and More Nukes The first panel of the symposium addressed a complex set of problems regarding nuclear weapons.  Mr. David Hoffman of the Washington Post served as moderator of the panel. Dr. Sidney Drell, Deputy […]

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FAS Roundup: March 4, 2013

U.S. nuclear stockpile reductions, radiation and health, accessories for small arms and light weapons, and much more. From the Blogs Senators Ask Surveillance Court to Summarize Opinions: Several members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this month to ask the Court to prepare summaries of classified opinions that represent significant interpretations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to facilitate their declassification and public release. The Senate letter, […]

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