Obama’s new nuclear guidance, look at Senate Intelligence Committee, radiological ray gun and much more.
From the Blogs
New Nuclear Weapons Employment Guidance Puts Obama’s Fingerprint on Nuclear Weapons Policy and Strategy: On June 19, the Obama administration released its long-awaited new guidance on nuclear weapons employment policy. On one hand, the guidance directs pursuit of additional reductions in deployed strategic warheads. On the other hand, the guidance reaffirms a commitment to core Cold War posture characteristics such as counterforce targeting, retaining a triad of strategic nuclear forces, and retaining non-strategic nuclear weapons forward deployed in Europe.
A Candid Look at the Senate Intelligence Committee: Much of the continuing controversy over intelligence surveillance policy revolves around whether the sweeping collection of U.S. telephone data by intelligence agencies violates constitutional norms. But it is also an occasion to assess the quality of intelligence oversight, and to review the performance of oversight mechanisms in representing the public and defending its interests. Recently, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence blocked its former general council, Vicki Divoll, from speaking on the record about how the Committee functions.
Radiological Ray Gun: More Buck Rogers Fantasy than Risk to Real People: The June 18th arrest of two men for allegedly plotting to build a bizarre yet potentially deadly radiological device once again highlights the potential nexus of non-state actors with so-called weapons of mass destruction. This most recent plot reveals the historical rarity and non-lethality of non-state actors and their behaviors with radiological weapons and agents.
Hundreds of Classified Leaks Under Review by IC Inspector General: Hundreds of cases of unauthorized disclosures of classified information were under review by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Most of these reviews pertained to disclosures which could not be criminally prosecuted for one reason or another, and which were therefore considered closed cases. But starting a year or so ago, the IC Inspector General began reviewing them in order to identify the leakers and to impose administrative sanctions where appropriate.
Avoiding Needless Wars, Part Six: North Korea: Over the last few months, North Korea has severely tested the world’s patience by conducting its third nuclear test and readied a missile for firing. This behavior seems to confirm the conventional wisdom that North Korea is a rogue nation. In a new post on the ScienceWonk Blog, Dr. Martin Hellman examines other hypotheses which may give the United States and other countries more effective options for dealing with North Korea.
Armed Conflict in Syria and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as Syria’s chemical weapons use, U.S. strategic nuclear forces and the U.S. response to the armed conflict in Syria.
Workshop on Terrorism Analysis: July 25-26, 2013
FAS Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats Mr. Charles Blair will be hosting a workshop at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, titled Terrorism Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodologies and Tools on July 25-26, 2013.
This non-credit course introduces participants to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for the study of terrorism and learn how to create and utilize analytical tools for preventing, preparing for, responding to, or predicting terrorism.
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FAS in the News
- Jun 23: New York Times, “Offering Snowden Aid, WikiLeaks Gets Back In The Game”
- Jun 22: Washington Post, “For Secretive Surveillance Court, Rare Scrutiny In Wake Of NSA Leaks”
- Jun 22: Salon, “Obama’s Aversion To Leaks Channels Reagan”
- Jun 21: RIA Novosti (Russia), “Nuclear Arms Reduction Deals To Become Multilateral-Lavrov”
- Jun 21: ABC News, “How Many Nuclear Weapons Does The US Have? Don’t Ask A Congressman”
- Jun 21: Global Security Newswire, “Fresh U.S. Nuclear Guidance Relies On Some Cold War Elements”
- Jun 21: The Atlantic Wire, “Meet The 16 People Responsible For Protecting Your Privacy”
- Jun 20: McClatchy Newspapers, “Obama’s Crackdown Views Leaks As Aiding Enemies Of U.S.”
- Jun 20: Christian Science Monitor, “Obama Nuke Proposals: Status Quo, Or Too Risky?”
- Jun 20: Yahoo! News, “Congress Surprised By Drone Use On U.S. Soil? They Shouldn’t Be”
- Jun 20: Boston Herald, “Trust But Verify-Again”
- Jun 20: Bloomberg Businessweek, “Booz Allen, The World’s Most Profitable Spy Organization”
- Jun 20: FoxNews.com, “Congress Must Hold Senior Officials Accountable For Constitutional Failures”
- Jun 20: NBCNews.com, “Obama’s Nuke-Reduction Goal Is Just The Start Of A Slow Process”
- Jun 19: New York Times, “Obama Asks Russia To Join In Reducing Nuclear Arms”
- Jun 19: Washington Times, “Rep. Duncan Hunter Questions Security ‘Classification Inflation'”
- Jun 19: PBS Newshour, “Obama Calls For Dramatic Decrease In Nuclear Weapons”
- Jun 19: Washington Times, “In Brandenburg Speech, Obama Modifies Old Campaign Goal Of ‘A World Without Nuclear Weapons'”
- Jun 19: The Week, “Obama’s Plan To Slash America’s Nuclear Arsenal: The 3 Biggest Barriers”
- Jun 19: FoxNews.com, “Lawmakers Question Obama’s Pledge To Scale Back US Nuclear Arsenal”
- Jun 19: CNN, “Does Cutting U.S. Nukes Really Matter?”
- Jun 19: McClatchy Newspapers, “Secrets Piling Up Faster Than Government Can Declassify Some”
- Jun 19: The Wall Street Journal, “U.S. To Propose New Phase In Nuclear-Arms Cuts”
- Jun 19: Associated Press, “Obama Renews Call For Nuclear Reductions”
- Jun 18: MSNBC, “Does Obama Really ‘Welcome Debate’ On His National Security Policies?”
- Jun 18: International Business Times, “Libya, Armed And Dangerous: Piles Of Weapons Fuel Illicit Exportation Of War”
- Jun 17: Federal News Radio, “NSA Leak Case Gives Vendors Reason To Reevaluate Personnel”
- Jun 17: Bloomberg, “NSA Surveillance Leaks Startle Privacy Board Back To Life”
- Jun 17: The Hill, “NSA Leaker Snowden Says More’s Coming”
- Jun 17: The Japan Times, “Cruise Missile Threat In Asia”
- Jun 17: Huffington Post, “It’s Time For The Press To Fight Back Against Secrecy”