Striving For A Safer World Since 1945

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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DIA Estimates For Chinese Nuclear Warheads

By Hans M. Kristensen During a Hudson Institute conference on Russian and Chinese nuclear modernizations, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley said in prepared remarks: “Over the next decade, China is likely to at le …

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Trump Demotes DNI to Empower AG Barr

President Trump issued a memorandum last week that transfers to the Attorney General the authority of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify intelligence information concerning the 2016 election. The memorandum effectively amends Executive …

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DoD Says It Still Needs Open Burn Pits

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Army Work on Border Barrier Construction Advances

At the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the Army Corps of Engineers has undertaken numerous barrier construction projects along the border with Mexico in California, Arizona and New Mexico. The latest projects were itemized by the Congre …

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Election Interference Emergency Order Nets No Culprits

Last September, President Trump issued an executive order declaring a national emergency “to deal with the threat of foreign interference in United States elections.” Executive Order 13848 authorized sanctions against foreign individuals and entities d …

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Active Duty Military Deaths, and More from CRS

“Since 2006 — five years after the start of major combat operations in Afghanistan and three years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq — a total of 16,652 active duty personnel and mobilized reservists have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces …

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Defense Contracting Fraud: A Persistent Problem

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Nuclear Waste Storage Sites, and More from CRS

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“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

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