RAND Report Questions Nuclear Role In Defending Baltic States

By Hans M. Kristensen The RAND Corporation has published an interesting new report on how NATO would defend the Baltic States against a Russian attack. Without spending much time explaining why Russia would launch a military attack against the Baltic States in the first place – the report simply declares “the next [after Ukraine] most […]

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Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons At Sea

By Hans M. Kristensen Remember during the Cold War when US Navy warships and attack submarines sailed the World’s oceans bristling with nuclear weapons and routinely violated non-nuclear countries’ bans against nuclear weapons on their territories in peacetime? The weapons were onboard ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines, aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, frigates and supply […]

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FAS Roundup: February 2, 2016

“Low Pollution at the Lowest Cost” In this op-ed, Jay Apt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Co-Director of CMU’s Electricity Industry Center, explores America’s potential actions to counter climate change by broadening “renewable portfolio standards” to include all low-polluting power sources. Read the full article here. From the Blogs DoD Building Foreign Defense Institutions: As […]

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FAS Roundup: January 26, 2016

From the Blogs An AUMF Against the Islamic State, and More from CRS: Ongoing U.S. military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria lacks any specific authorization from Congress.  A comparative analysis of various proposals for Congress to enact an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State is provided in an […]

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FAS Roundup: January 19, 2016

From the Blogs Video Shows Earth-Penetrating Capability of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb: The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy. Hans Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, […]

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Video Shows Earth-Penetrating Capability of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

By Hans M. Kristensen and Matthew McKinzie* The capability of the new B61-12 nuclear bomb seems to continue to expand, from a simple life-extension of an existing bomb, to the first U.S. guided nuclear gravity bomb, to a nuclear earth-penetrator with increased accuracy. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) previously published pictures of the drop […]

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FAS Roundup: January 12, 2016

Thank You for Your Support in 2015 From all of us at FAS, we would like to sincerely thank you, our dedicated donors and members, for your unwavering support in 2015. We are incredibly fortunate to have you all as integral parts of the FAS network, working with us as we continue to advance the […]

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ISOO Director Fitzpatrick Moves to NSC

John P. Fitzpatrick, the director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), left his position at the end of last week to join the National Security Council staff. As ISOO director for the past four years or so, Mr. Fitzpatrick was responsible for oversight of national security classification and declassification activities government-wide. “John led ISOO […]

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North Korea’s Fourth Nuclear Test: What Does it Mean?

By Charles D. Ferguson North Korea’s boast on January 5 about having detonated a “hydrogen bomb,” the colloquial name for a thermonuclear explosive, seems highly hyperbolic due to the relatively low estimated explosive yield, as inferred from the reported seismic magnitude of about 4.8 (a small- to moderately-sized event). More important, I think the Korean Central […]

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Insider Threat Program Inches Forward

The Department of Defense “is moving forward with the development of its insider threat and personnel security reform efforts,” wrote Michael G. Vickers, then-Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) in an April 2015 report to Congress that was released last month under the Freedom of Information Act. “The Department recognizes the magnitude and complexity of these […]

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