The Federation of American Scientists is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization founded in 1945 to meet national security challenges with evidence-based, scientifically-driven policy and expertise.
Over 75 years later, we are still working to minimize the risks of significant threats – arising from nuclear weapons, biological and chemical agents, and climate change – as well as addressing a broad suite of contemporary issues and challenges where science, technology, and innovation policy can deliver dramatic progress and prevent catastrophic harm.
After the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a group of atomic researchers, deeply concerned about the use of science for harm, decided to create an organization committed to using science and technology to benefit humanity. The group they created – the Federation of Atomic Scientists – mobilized to transform policy with scientific expertise. In 1946, the group rebranded as the Federation of American Scientists in recognition of the hundreds of scientists across diverse disciplines who joined together to advance science policy and counter scientific misinformation.
Issues We’re Tackling
Our founders recognized that data-driven policy and security go hand-in-hand. The diverse work at FAS offers evidence-based analysis and solutions for the most pressing policy and security challenges of today.
- The Project on Government Secrecy seeks to shine a light on government secrecy practices and promote transparency.
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
- The Technology and Innovation Initiative analyses immigration policy and emerging technologies in advancing the nation’s national security and economic growth.
- The Day One Project works to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy.
Financials and Funding
FAS benefits tremendously from the support it receives from members and supporters, private foundations, and the private sector. These contributions enable FAS to undertake a vast array of programs and activities. FAS gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies whose contributions enable FAS to address critical issues and concerns.