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In the latest episode of Above The Fray, FAS President Ali Nouri‘s video podcast, he and former FAS Chair Prof. Frank von Hippel discussed Cold War-era science diplomacy efforts, and more.

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Defense Contracting Fraud: A Persistent Problem

During the five year period from 2013-2017, there were 1,059 criminal cases of defense contracting fraud resulting in the conviction of 1,087 defendants, including 409 businesses, according to a newly released Department of Defense report to Congress. …

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Nuclear Waste Storage Sites, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Nuclear Waste Storage Sites in the United States, CRS In Focus, May 3, 2019 Proposed Civilian Personnel System Supporting “Space Force”, CRS In Focus, May 7, 201 …

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Costs of War Add Up

“Since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) has obligated $1,534.8 billion for war-related costs,” according to a new Pentagon quarterly report.  See Cost of War Through December 31, 2018, FY 2019, 1st quarter. The DoD report summarizes …

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Congress Members Speak Up for JASONs

The Department of Defense decision not to renew the underlying contract for the independent JASON scientific advisory panel drew criticism from a bipartisan, bicameral group of congressmen and senators. “We believe that cancelling the JASON contract co …

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The Pentagon’s 2019 China Report

By Hans M. Kristensen and Matt Korda [Updated] The Pentagon has released its 2019 version of its annual report on China’s military developments. The report describes a Chinese military in significant modernization. There is much to digest but this revi …

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DoD Network Operations Face a Contested Environment

All US military operations depend on the Department of Defense information network (DODIN). But the network is under increasing stress both internally and from external threats. “DODIN operations are arguably the most important and most complex type of …

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Rising China Sells More Weapons

“In 2018, China’s arms sales increased, continuing a trend that enabled China to become the world’s fastest-growing arms supplier during the past 15 years,” according to the 2019 China Military Power report published by the Department of Defense. “From …

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USAF Seeks “Resilient” Nuclear Command and Control

The US Air Force last week updated its guidance on the command and control of nuclear weapons to include protection against electromagnetic pulse and cyber attack, among other changes. See Air Force Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3), A …

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Electronic Warfare, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following. Defense Primer: Electronic Warfare, CRS In Focus, updated April 12, 2019 U.S. Military Electronic Warfare Research and Development: Recent Funding Projections, C …

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Pentagon Slams Door On Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Transparency

By Hans M. Kristensen The Pentagon has decided not to disclose the current number of nuclear weapons in the Defense Department’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The decision, which came as a denial of a request from FAS’s Steven Aftergood for declassificati …

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