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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
January/February 2001
Volume 54, Number 1
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Front Page
Low-Yield Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons
A Faith-Based Science Policy?
FAS Welcomes Sherman to Staff
R&D A Priority For FAS Newest Project
Defense Export "Reforms" Revisited
FAS Obtains First Bush Presidential Directive

FAS Welcomes Sherman to Staff

Robert Sherman has joined FAS as Director of the Nuclear Security Program. With degrees in both chemistry and social psychology, Bob began his public life on the staff of Sen. George McGovern (D-SD), working in opposition to the Vietnam war. He became a national security specialist to several prominent House members of the Armed Services Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, including Robert Leggett (D-CA), Bob Carr (D-SD), and Tom Downey (D-NY).

Bob's first priority has been prevention of the use of weapons of mass destruction. He played major parts in Congressional support for the SALT II agreement and opposition to the MX missile and the B1 bomber. Working with Rep. Les AuCoin, Bob was the key staffer behind the 1985 flight test ban on anti-satellite weapons. Most amazingly, in 1988 Bob persuaded Rep. "B1 Bob" Dornan, one of the most determined opponents of arms control, to be the principal Republican sponsor of a flight test ban on depressed trajectory ballistic missiles. (The ban passed the House by a 102-vote margin, was accepted in conference, vetoed by President Reagan, but became US policy under the first President Bush.)

In 1993, Bob joined the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, which later merged with the State Department. Bob served as Executive Director of the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Advisory Board, which provided technology-intensive confidential advice to Under Secretary John Holum. Bob also did intensive negotiation on landmines, and is responsible for the provision in the Convention on Conventional Weapons that requires unmarked anti-personnel mines to self-destruct and self-deactivate.