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  • 2011

    • 12-15-2011
      FAS joins a group of 15 former senior officials, Western diplomats, and nonproliferation experts in signing a letter to President Barack Obama to urge him to pursue renewed discussions with Iranian leaders on a step-by-step process that will lead to more-intrusive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections and the confidence-building steps that are essential to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. For more information about the letter, please contact the Arms Control Association (ACA).    «view»

      Director of the FAS Iran Project Ali Vaez and Charles Ferguson, FAS President, published new analysis of the options for establishing an enhanced safeguards system for the Iranian nuclear program. The report offers a series of recommendations to negotiate a resolution of this issue.    «view»

      New FAS Report Indicates Far-reaching Implications for Global Security    «view»

      On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik conducted one of the most deadly terrorist attack in history (our of over 98,000 incidents of terrorism since 1970, less that 200 have been more deadly and all of those attacks involved multiple perpetrators). Breivik left a 1500 page treatise, 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, which became available a few days ago. FAS experts analyzed this treatise and concluded that the nature of these attacks, along with the contents of the treatise raise questions of immediate concern. These include Breivik's alleged connections to extremist cells and his assertions of forthcoming attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons    «view»

      More than two dozen nuclear experts and former senior government officials are calling on NATO "to declare a more limited role for its nuclear capabilities that would help open the way for overdue changes to its Cold War-era policy of forward-basing U.S. tactical nuclear weapons. This would help facilitate another, post-New START round of reductions, which should involve of all types of Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons."    «view»

      More Thought Needed to Cost and Benefit to U.S. and NATO Security    «view»

      While U.S. and Israeli officials claim Iran has slowed down its nuclear drive, new analysis by the Federation of American Scientists demonstrates that Iran's enrichment capacity grew during 2010 and warns against complacency as five world powers resume talks with Iran this week.    «view»

  • 2010

    • 12-16-2010
      The Senate yesterday voted in favor of proceeding to consider the New START treaty. The vote of 66 to 32 demonstrates strong support for the treaty, which will have to pass by at least two-thirds of Senators voting in favor to win consent for ratification. Ratification of the New START treaty is vital to moving U.S.-Russian relations forward and strengthening the international nonproliferation regime.    «view»

      he surprise extradition of notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the United States tops the list of developments covered in Missile Watch. The former Russian intelligence officer is widely considered to be one of the most prolific arms traffickers of the last 20 years, and his trial is likely to yield important new insights into the illicit arms trade.    «view»

      Today in Geneva, the world powers have revived talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program for the first time in more than a year. Tehran says it is interested in engagement but continues to produce enriched uranium, which could power nuclear reactors or nuclear weapons.    «view»

      (WASHINGTON DC) --Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) featured prominently in the hundreds of thousands of classified documents released by WikiLeaks on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. These documents included dozens of references to alleged traffickingand use of MANPADS by insurgents, yet they are of little value to policymakers or researchers.    «view»

      WASHINGTON DC (1 November 2010) -- One year ago, the United States, France and Russia proposed a fuel deal for Iran to ship out some of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) in exchange for fuel for its medical isotope reactor, but negotiations broke down because of differences in the timing of the exchange.    «view»

      WASHINGTON DC (10 September 2010) -- On September 9, the National Council for the Resistance of Iran (NCRI) announced that Iran has been building a new clandestine enrichment facility in the mountains northwest of Tehran. The announcement comes almost a year after President Obama declared that the Iranian government had been building a small-scale enrichment facility in the mountains of Qom, now known as the Fordow Enrichment Facility.    «view»

      Despite tough talk and threats to withdraw from negotiations for its medical isotope reactor foreign fuel supply, Iran seems to be actively pursuing fuel talks. Last weekend Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with his Turkish and Brazilian counterparts to review the Tehran Declaration, in which Iran acquiesced to the once-controversial terms of shipping low-enriched material to Turkey for safekeeping until fuel elements are manufactured.    «view»

      The Obama administration is planning to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal by as much as 40 percent by 2021, but also wants to spend nearly $175 billion over the next twenty years to build new facilities and to maintain and modify thousands of weapons, according to sections of an administration plan made public today by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).    «view»

      Systems for protecting commercial aircraft against terrorist missile attacks could cost more than $40 billion, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.    «view»

      Since February 2010, at least 27 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles seized from arms caches in Iraq. There is a continued presence of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles outside government control in Iraq.    «view»

      The Small Arms Survey released its tenth annual global analysis of small arms and related issues, the "Small Arms Survey 2010: Gangs, Groups, and Guns". Matt Schroeder, manager of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), co-authored the chapter on the global ammunition trade.    «view»

      On May 11, 2010, at 12:15 pm Alicia Godsberg will be live on Twitter ( to answer your questions about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists andthe Natural Resources Defense Councilapplaud the dramatic initiative by President Obama to publicize the size of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) today announced the election of its new Chairman of the Board of Directors — a technology, foreign policy, and defense expert who is a distinguished visiting scholar with the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB).    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists has learned that a cargo plane loaded with weapons from North Korea that was grounded in Bangkok in December contained man-portable air defense systems. According to a Thai report to the UN Security Council, the cargo contained five crates of MANPADS SAMs.    «view»

      A Thai military official claimed that the United Wa State Army, a Burmese insurgent group, possesses 300 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles – a stockpile that is comparable in size to those of many small states.    «view»

      Publicly available reports of shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS) discovered in insurgent arms caches in Iraq dropped off precipitously in 2009, but the reason for this decline is unclear.    «view»

  • 2009

    • 12-08-2009
      While most American students have an intuitive grasp of popular music, professional sports, and consumer electronics, they lack a basic understanding of cell biology. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) developed the video game Immune Attack to plunge 7th – 12th graders into the microscopic world of immune system proteins and cells. Immune Attack is a three-dimensional video game that provides a place to gain an understanding of cellular biology and molecular science, according to an FAS expert who will be discussing the game evaluation during the 2009 ASCB Annual Meeting, taking place December 5 – 9, 2009 in San Diego, California.    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) today announced the appointment of its president — a science, technology, and foreign policy expert who has focused the last five years of his research and analysis on the global use of nuclear energy, U.S. nuclear weapons policy, the nonproliferation regime, and the prevention of radiological and nuclear terrorism for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).    «view»

      At a 21 July meeting, the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Scientists appointed Ivan Oelrich, the Vice President of the Strategic Security Program, as Acting President of the Federation. Henry Kelly, the previous president of the Federation, resigned his post to become the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Oelrich has worked at FAS since 2002 and has devoted his career to national security.    «view»

      A group of 34 U.S. Nobel Laureates is calling on President Obama to urge Congress to include the president’s proposed $150 billion Clean Energy Technology Fund in the climate legislation it is considering. The climate bill approved by the House in June falls far short of this goal, they told the president in a letter sent to the White House today.    «view»

      We at the Federation of American Scientists were delighted to learn that President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Tara O’Toole, M.D., M.P.H., and former FAS President for Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security.    «view»

      President Barack Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons. The Federation of American Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report calling for fundamental changes to U.S. nuclear war planning, a vital prerequisite if smaller nuclear arsenals are to be achieved.    «view»

      Most scientific research goes largely unnoticed by the general public until media reports reveal major scientific breakthroughs or biosafety accidents. The most recent module in the FAS Case Studies in Dual Use Biological Research series examines the public reaction to scientific research. It is designed to increase scientists’ awareness of the general public’s perception of their research, the possible consequences, and how scientists can engage the public to address their concerns.    «view»

  • 2008

    • 12-22-2008
      Conference Call with Dr. Michael Stebbins and Dr. Vahid Majidi on Tuesday, 23 December 2008 from 11:30 am – noon EST. To RSVP please contact Monica Amarelo at [email protected] or 202-454-4680.    «view»

      Do you know the difference between Active Worlds and Whyville? Curious to learn how your simulation of racing sailboats will work in There instead of Second Life? The Federation of American Scientists unveiled an ambitious infrastructure for cataloging virtual environments called the Virtual Worlds Almanac ( This wiki currently classifies 74 virtual worlds and includes extensive links to tools, news, and other useful online reference materials.    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will reach new levels with Immune Attack TM – the first biologically accurate immunology video game –through a generous grant awarded by the ESA Foundation (ESAF). This bold and fun game is available for download at    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists has chosen Raymond Jeanloz, a professor of geophysics and astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley, as the recipient of the 2008 Hans Bethe Award for "his demonstration of the reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile in the presence of a moratorium on nuclear testing.”    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists has chosen Mark D. Levine, director of the China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the recipient of the 2008 FAS Public Service Award for "his extraordinary contributions to energy efficiency research and for his work in China to build a strong energy program.”    «view»

      Congress has authorized a major new research center, the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, that will bring the same focused, sustained research funding to technology and learning that the federal government has funded for years in technology for health care at the National Institutes of Health and technology for energy at the Department of Energy.    «view»

      On Thursday, July 31, 2008, Digital Promise was passed by both the House and Senate as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It is expected to be signed into law by President Bush within days.    «view»

      FAS launched the Office of Technology Assessment Archive which allows the public to access more than 720 reports and documents produced by OTA during its 23 year history, including many that have not been available to the public previously.    «view»

      Matthew Schroeder, project manager of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project, examines the problem of diversion as related to stockpiles, international transfers, and end-user documentation.    «view»

      Washington DC— The Federation of American Scientists joined 16 prominent scientific and engineering groups to ask all Congressional candidates seven questions on the science and technology policies that affect all of our lives.    «view»

      On Thursday, 22 May 2008, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will launch Immune Attack TM, an exciting, fun and fast-moving video game that teaches the critical scientific facts of immunology. The cutting-edge game is designed to teach how the immune system works to defend the body against invading bacteria. The visual elements and simulations are critical for grasping the complex interactions of the biological systems.    «view»

      Briefing on Wednesday, 14 May 2008 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.    «view»

      How do you motivate students with progressively more difficult challenges where success depends on a sophisticated grasp of concepts in immunology? How can you teach young adults to choose better life-style behaviors to protect against infection?    «view»

      Today the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) launches an online compilation of more than 500 documents on the U.S. ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The Archive includes a timeline of CWC negotiations, a history of its signing and ratification, and current news and commentary on the CWC.    «view»

      A spam e-mail making the rounds in the military community serves as a reminder that facts can be flexible when they are launched anonymously into the vast void of cyberspace. There’s just one problem: The figures listed in the email are wrong. They vary markedly from the figures published in the cited CRS source document.    «view»

      On March 18th, 2008, FAS President Henry Kelly spoke on energy conservation and climate change at the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Annual Meeting and Conference. His presentation focused on the impacts of the building industry on the realities of climate change, as well as the important potential of advanced building products like SIPs as a mitigation strategy.    «view»

      The hearing examined how to improve oversight of the intelligence community as the Director of National Intelligence prepares to implement significant government-wide management reforms.    «view»

      Two and a half years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit, the Center for Disease Control revealed that thousands of people continue to live in FEMA-provided shelters that expose them to levels of formaldehyde that are up to 40 times more than maximum permitted levels.    «view»

      The United States is planning to intercept a dying reconnaissance satellite with a missile launched from a Navy ship. The administration justifies the intercept on the basis of public safety. That is a long stretch, indeed, and thus far in the news coverage that I have seen there is virtually no mention of the political consequences of the United States’ conducting its first anti-satellite test in over two decades.    «view»

      FAS with the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others, have issued a report that calls for the immediate reassessment of U.S. nuclear missions.    «view»

      Today the U.S. House of Representative voted to approve the Higher Education authorization bill that includes a provision creating a National Center for Learning Science and Technology Trust Fund. This not-for profit center, which will receive both appropriated funds and support from private sources, will “support precompetitive basic and applied research, development, demonstrations, and assessments of prototypes of innovative digital learning and information technologies as well as the components and tools needed to create them”.    «view»

      China's entire fleet of approximately 55 general-purpose submarines conducted a total of six patrols during 2007, slightly better than the two patrols conducted in 2006 and zero in 2005.    «view»

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  • 2004

    • 04-06-2005
      In Ensuring America's Space Security, the FAS Panel on Weapons in Space found that threats to US satellites can best be met by other steps than placing weapons in space - at least for the next five years. It recommends the issue be reviewed at that time.    «view»

      FAS warns that US institutions providing science advice to Congress and the Executive Branch are in a state of "crisis." Flying Blind proposes sensible, nonpartisan steps to fix the problem soon.    «view»


      Congress should fully fund the President's $9 million request for the Small Arms/Light Weapons Destruction Program in the Foreign Operations budget, writes FAS' Matt Schroeder in a Nov 12 op-ed. The program has helped to destroy over 700,000 weapons.    «view»

      Iraq's attempt to import high strength aluminum tubes was portrayed as evidence that it was pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. This tutorial reviews gas centrifuges and explains why this technology is central to nuclear proliferation concerns.    «view»

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded FAS a grant to begin development of a prototype training system using advanced learning technologies to prepare fire fighters to respond to major emergencies.    «view»

      The Learning Federation Project of the FAS is co-sponsoring the first annual "Games for Health" meeting in Madison, Wisconsin September 16 and 17, 2004. The conference will bring together the growing community of video games designers, researchers and creators of learning simulations for the health professions. The goal is to move forward the exciting field of simulated learning.    «view»

      Satellites have become an absolutely critical component of U.S. military operations. They are used to guide munitions, provide intelligence, relay communications, and enable live video links from battlefields. Because they could be attractive targets to a technologically able adversary, it is in the strategic interests of the United States to ensure these assets are defended. Furthermore, billions of dollars worth of non-military commercial satellites--numbering about 2,700--should also be protected.    «view»

      "The ultimate goal of the Digital Human project is construction of a complete, functioning, accessible simulation of the human body," Dr. Chris Johnson of the University of Utah told a packed meeting on Capitol Hill today.    «view»

      For the second consecutive year the Federation of American Scientists has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an evaluation group that ranks nonprofit organizations. The service compares the financial management of about 3,000 nonprofits per year as a service to potential donors.    «view»

      The Federation of American Scientists Biosecurity Project received a two year, $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.    «view»

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