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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Rob Goldston: A Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Fusion and Arms Control Research

Professor Rob Goldston teaches in the areas of nuclear energy and non-proliferation at Princeton University. Rob is a leading researcher in plasma physics and fusion energy. He was director of the DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 1997 – 2009. Since then he has published on the tradeoff between climate change mitigation by nuclear energy, […]

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Not Much Below the Surface? North Korea’s Nuclear Program and the New SLBM

In May 2015, only a month after key figures in the U.S. military publicly acknowledged the possibility that North Korea has perfected the miniaturization of a nuclear warhead for long-range delivery, the secretive country seems to have confirmed these claims with a series of announcements, including a “successful” submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test at […]

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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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High School Debates on Surveillance Informed by CRS

The Congressional Research Service has produced a bibliography on domestic surveillance to support this year’s national high school debate program which is devoted to that subject. “Resolved: The United States Federal Government Should Substantially Curtail Its Domestic Surveillance” is the topic that was selected for the 2015-2016 high school debate by representatives of the National […]

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The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations, and More from CRS

How should a congressional committee respond when a witness before the Committee asserts his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and refuses to provide the testimony or documents sought by investigators? The options available to the Committee were discussed by the Congressional Research Service in a new memorandum. See The Fifth Amendment in Congressional Investigations, CRS […]

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FAS Roundup: September 14, 2015

From the Blogs Upgrades At US Nuclear Bases In Europe Acknowledge Security Risk: Security upgrades underway at U.S. Air Force bases in Europe indicate that nuclear weapons deployed in Europe have been stored under unsafe conditions for more than two decades. Commercial satellite images show work underway at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and Aviano Air Base […]

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Drones, Pope Francis, Encryption, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service looks at the commercial prospects for the emerging drone industry. “It has been estimated that, over the next 10 years, worldwide production of UAS for all types of applications could rise from $4 billion annually to $14 billion. However, the lack of a regulatory framework, which has delayed commercial […]

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FAS Roundup: September 8, 2015

Scientist Spotlight This new installment will feature prominent FAS-affiliated scientists and engineers. First up is FAS Board Member, Rodney Nichols, who specializes in science and technology policy. Read the full interview here. Book Release Georgetown University Press, September 2015: The Future of Extended Deterrence: The United States, NATO, and Beyond. Hans Kristensen, Director of the […]

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Modifying Arms Control Agreements, and More from CRS

Although it is theoretically possible to do so, the Senate has never imposed changes to an arms control treaty as a condition of ratification, according to a new Congressional Research Service report. “The Senate has never conditioned consent to an arms control treaty’s ratification on changes in the terms of the agreement,” CRS said. “In […]

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