FAS Roundup- January 9, 2011

By January 9, 2012

FAS Roundup: January 9, 2012

New defense strategy, U.S. Army communications security, the collision course between Iran and the U.S., new CRS reports and much more.  


From the Blogs

  • Army Red Teams Test Communications Security: Steven Aftergood writes about the newly revised Army regulation which prescribes the use of “red teams” that are assigned to try and penetrate the security of military communications, as if they were hackers or opposition forces.
  • A New Defense Strategy: A New Nuclear Strategy?: The Obama administration presented a new defense strategy that it says is needed to realign U.S. military forces and doctrine with the reductions in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the new fiscal constraints created by the financial crisis. Hans Kristensen writes that it is important that the commitment in the new defense strategy to maintaining a nuclear deterrent does not overshadow the equally important commitment to reducing the size and role of nuclear forces.
  • JASON on Producing Tritium for Fusion Reactors: If nuclear fusion were ever to become a practical method of generating electrical energy, there would be a continuing requirement to produce significant quantities of tritium for fusion reactor fuel. The JASON scientific advisory panel was asked by the DOE to assess the feasibility of large scale tritium production; the findings were presented in a new report obtained by Secrecy News.
  • The Big Picture: Keeping Radiation Risks in Perspective: A dentist in the UK was sued for taking panoramic x-rays of some of his patients. Nobody claimed to have been injured, but some patients were concerned about being put at needless risk. Are we so focused on radiation safety and radiological risk reduction that we have lost sight of the larger picture?


    • Supreme Loser: Dr. Ali Vaez, director of the Iran Project, writes in Foreign Policy about the collision course between the United States and Iran. With more sanctions hovering over its oil exports, Iran threatened to seal off the Strait of Hormuz, through which 30 percent of the world’s oil supply travels.


Nuclear Aftershocks

  • Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, FAS President, participated in a new documentary for Frontline regarding implications for U.S. nuclear safety after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan. The documentary will air on PBS on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00pm.


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