Author: Monica Amarelo

Future of the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal: Issues and Policy Options

Tomorrow Hans Kristensen will brief on the Obama administration's ongoing nuclear weapons targeting review, a effort to identify options for further reductions in U.S. nuclear nuclear weapons and their role in anticipation of a future nuclear arms limitation agreement with Russia. Based on the review, President Obama might issue new guidance to the military for how they should plans for the potential use of nuclear weapons.

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FAS Roundup- January 16, 2012

FAS Roundup: January 16, 2012 Implications of assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist for Tehran's nuclear program, musings about EMP, nuclear pursuits in 2012 and much more.  From the Blogs Radiation and Pregnancy:  Can we expect to see legions of children born with birth defects in the aftermath of a radiological attack? True – radiation can cause birth defects and it has been shown to induce mutations in animals. But the amount of radiation required to cause birth defects in humans is substantial. After the Pulse-Musings About EMP:  Recently, there has been a flurry of commentary regarding the potential of an EMP attack against the United States by a terrorist group or rogue nuclear nation. Dr. Y gives a brief overview of EMP and discusses the plausibility of this scenario on the ScienceWonk blog. The End of the World (as we know it?):  The world is still here. It didn’t end on May 21 as predicted by Harold Camping and it also didn’t end on the date of his revised prophecy – October 21. No matter how convincingly the argument is made, it seems that the world is determined to end at some unpredictable time in the future. The predicted reasons for the end of the world tend to fall into three categories: divine reasons, "scientific" reasons, and human reasons. Back to Basics-Radiation Units:  Dr. Y analyzes what radiation safety units really mean and gives a feel for levels that are considered normal, interesting, or alarming on the ScienceWonk blog.

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IAEA Releases New Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a critical report that concluded while some of the suspected secret nuclear work by Iran may have peaceful purposes, others are specific to building nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear Power After Fukushima

On November 1, I spoke about nuclear power after the Fukushima accident to the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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