Rumors About Nuclear Weapons in Crimea

The news media and private web sites are full of rumors that Russia has deployed nuclear weapons to Crimea after it invaded the region earlier this year. Many of these rumors are dubious and overly alarmist and ignore that a nuclear-capable weapon is not the same as a nuclear warhead. Several U.S. lawmakers who oppose nuclear arms control use the Crimean deployment to argue against further reductions of nuclear weapons. NATO’s top commander, U.S. General […]

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FAS Roundup: December 15, 2014

From the Blogs CIA Torture Report: Oversight, by No Remedies Yet: Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the CIA’s post 9/11 interrogation program. The report details the inhumane and brutal treatment of detainees, and was not a story the CIA was motivated to tell. Steven Aftergood writes that the Committee report is a remarkable demonstration of the congressional oversight function as it was performed in adverse, unfavorable conditions, as committee questions were […]

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FAS at the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

The Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held on December 8-9 in Vienna; this was the third in a series of conferences organized by a growing number of countries and humanitarian organizations to discuss the risks nuclear weapons pose to humanity. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, participated in the conference and gave two presentations. The first was to the ICAN Civil Society Forum on the overall status of worldwide […]

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FAS Roundup: December 8, 2014

From the Blogs Invention Secrecy Orders Reach a 20 Year High: Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, secrecy orders may be imposed whenever, in the judgment of an executive branch agency, the disclosure of a patent application would be “detrimental to the national security.” At the end of FY14, there were 5, 520 invention secrecy orders in effect, the highest number since 1994. But, it is unclear whether this reflects growing innovation in sensitive technology areas, […]

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FAS at Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

By Hans M. Kristensen For the next week I’ll be in Vienna for the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. This is the third in a series of conferences organized and attended by a growing number of countries and humanitarian organizations to discuss the unique risks nuclear weapons pose to humanity and life on this planet. According to the Austrian government: “With this conference, Austria wishes to strengthen the global nuclear disarmament and […]

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FAS Roundup: November 17, 2014

From the Blogs Pentagon Review to Fix Nuclear Problems- Again: Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues at the cost of billions of dollars. The Pentagon is already planning to spend hundreds of […]

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Pentagon Review To Fix Nuclear Problems – Again

Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues. The fixes “will cost several billion dollars over the five-year defense spending program in addition to ongoing modernization requirements identified in last year’s budget submission.” The […]

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Pentagon Review To Fix Nuclear Problems – Again

Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues. The fixes “will cost several billion dollars over the five-year defense spending program in addition to ongoing modernization requirements identified in last year’s budget submission.” The […]

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FAS Roundup: November 3, 2014

From the Blogs 2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released: The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed on October 30, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case: On October 30, a federal court denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit […]

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The New York Times: Which President Cut the Most Nukes?

By Hans M. Kristensen The New York Time today profiles my recent blog about U.S. presidential nuclear weapon stockpile reductions. The core of the story is that the Obama administration, despite its strong arms control rhetoric and efforts to reduce the numbers and role of nuclear weapons, so far has cut fewer nuclear warheads from the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile than any other administration in history. Even in terms of effect on the overall stockpile size, […]

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