Striving For A Safer World Since 1945

FAS researchers selected as 2019 Nuclear Scholars

FAS Research Associate Matt Korda and Research Assistant Abigail Stowe-Thurston were selected as CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues Nuclear Scholars for the Class of 2019.

Widespread Blurring of Satellite Images Reveals Secret Facilities

Matt Korda reveals in FAS Strategic Security that Russian mapping service Yandex’s efforts to blur out military facilities in Turkey and Israel from its satellite imagery has uncovered secret facilities. 

FAS endorses joint NGO statement on BWC

This week, Senior Fellow Jenifer Mackby endorsed a joint NGO statement on behalf of FAS to the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of States Parties in Geneva. Read or listen.

FAS President Ali Nouri joins Gender Champions initiative

FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri joins the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy. “Like many other fields, the WMD policy space faces challenges when it comes to gender equality,” said Dr. Nouri. “I’m honored to be a part of this initiative to help reverse that.” 

Striving for a Safer World since 1945

In November 1945, the Federation of Atomic Scientists was founded by Manhattan Project scientists who helped construct the first atomic bombs.

These scientists were united by the credo that all scientists, engineers, and other technically-trained thinkers have an ethical obligation to ensure the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind.

In early 1946, the Federation of Atomic Scientists rebranded as the Federation of American Scientists. This new FAS was still motivated by its original mission but looked to broaden and diversify its network of supporters to include all who want to reduce nuclear dangers and ultimately prevent global catastrophe.

With your support, FAS will continue to strengthen its network of experts and thinkers to uphold its mission established in 1945: strive to make the world a safer, more informed place.

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