FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
Autumn 2003
Volume 56, Number 3
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The Real Terrorist Missile Threat and What Can Be Done About It

by Robert Sherman
Today the civilized world faces a threat many times more serious than 9-11. Suppose that, within the space of one month, terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles shoot down two 747s and two regional passenger aircraft. The evidence of this threat is not subtle or ambiguous. It sits right in front of us in plain sight.

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Meeting Natural Gas Demand: Infrastructure is Important, Technology is Key

When the Chairman of the Federal Reserve testified before Congress last June, the message was loud and clear: the nation has to increase its supplies of natural gas or face the economic consequences. More...

Curbing the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in Latin America

Numbering in the hundreds of millions, these weapons take the lives of an estimated 500,000 lives per year, stunt economic growth, and perpetuate the lawlessness upon which terrorists and other criminals thrive. More...


Hiroshima Survivors Visit the Federation

Given that the Federation of American Scientists was founded by Manhattan Project scientists who had helped develop and build the first atomic bombs, it was appropriate and moving when survivors of the Hiroshima bombing visited the FAS offices on the 58th anniversary of the atomic bombings. More...

The Learning Federation: Progress Report

Our Information Technologies project is working with national experts in academia, industry and government to articulate a national research plan and form communities of researchers to build the tools and infrastructure needed to enable radically improved approaches to teaching, learning, and sharing research. We've made measurable progress in a number of key areas. More...

WIIS-FAS Nuclear Non-Proliferation Panel

The Federation of American Scientists and Women in International Security are co-sponsoring a colloquium on nuclear non-proliferation and counter-proliferation. An expert panel will examine the differences between these approaches and will debate their effectiveness as means of controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.

Monday, November 17, 5:30 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Room 602

We will provide additional information about the panel when the list of speakers is finalized. Check our website www.fas.org for updates or direct inquiries to Jaime Yassif at 202.454.4688, [email protected].

A Science-Based Workshop for Leaders of Environmental NGOs and GONGOs in China

by Walter E. Parham, Ph.D.

Over the past few years, the highest levels of China's government have talked candidly about the serious environmental/natural resource problems plaguing China today. FAS has been working for several years to forge better links between scientists in China working on this problem and to strengthen relationships with scholars in the US. A workshop in Guangzhou represents a significant new step in this work. More...

Leaving a Legacy of Peace

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