FAS Roundup: October 7, 2013

New START numbers, India’s missile modernization and much more.

From the Blogs

India’s Missile Modernization Beyond Minimal Deterrence: Until now, all Indian ballistic missiles have carried only one warhead each to constrain India’s minimum deterrence posture. This has changed with India’s newest missile, the Agni V, which officials from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) declared will be equipped to carry multiple warheads with shorter response times. It remains to be seen if this is the dream of Indian weapons designers or if the government has actually authorized the design and development of longer-range missiles with multiple warheads. If so, this is bad news for South Asia as Pakistan and China would most likely counter with  increased nuclear arms development.

To Fix U.S. Intelligence, Shrink It?: Many of the criticisms of the U.S. intelligence community can be reduced to a single argument: it has become too large to be properly managed. This is a view that is held by some within U.S. intelligence itself, according to a new dissertation by a CIA sociologist who studied and worked at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Sociologist Dr. Bridget Nolan suggests a reduction in the size of the intelligence community might be a sovereign remedy for many of the problems currently afflicting U.S. intelligence analysis.

Where Does the Plutonium Come From?: Where does plutonium come from and why does DOE need tens of millions of dollars to produce it? Dr. Y investigates in a new post on the ScienceWonk Blog.

New START Data Shows Russia Reducing, U.S. Increasing Nuclear Forces: The latest data from the New START Treaty shows that Russia has reduced its deployed strategic nuclear forces while the United States has increased its force over the past six months, with the addition of 34 warheads and 17 launchers. This is the first time since the treaty was implemented in February 2011 that shows the U.S. increasing its forces, but this could reflect fluctuations mainly in the number of missiles onboard ballistic missile submarines at the time of the count. This data shows how slow the U.S. implementation of the treaty has been so far.

Govt Shutdown To Have Little Impact on Obamacare Says CRS: In a new CRS report obtained by Secrecy News, “substantial implementation” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) will continue even as most of the federal government is shutdown. Other new and updated CRS reports also available on topics such as 2013 terrorist attack in Kenya and EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Launch of World Nuclear Energy Report

The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and FAS are hosting a luncheon discussion with Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013on October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The plummeting natural gas prices, sovereign debt crisis, proliferation concerns and improved economic conditions for renewable energy sources have created a challenging global environment for nuclear power. Contrary to what the nuclear industry would have us believe that we are seeing a global renaissance in nuclear power, nuclear power the world over is on the decline.The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides a vital reality check to the current situation of the global nuclear industry as well as identifying important nuclear trends.

For more information and to RSVP click here. 

Office Space for Rent in Washington, DC

FAS has three offices for rent in the heart of Washington’s central business district, within less than a minute’s walk to Farragut North metro stop on the red line, and less than four minutes walking distance from Farragut West metro stop on the orange and blue line. The offices are 130 sqft each and are furnished.

Rent for each office is $1,200 per month; package deals with reduced rates are possible. Included is the use of one large conference room, as well as a small meeting room; kitchen; reception; the use of a copy room, and general work area; separate work area for interns.
For more information, click here.

Event: Short Course on Nuclear Issues in the 21st Century

The American Physical Society’s Forum on Physics & Society and the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs are sponsoring a short course on nuclear weapons issues in the 21st century on November 2-3, 2013 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The workshop will bring together international experts who will give technical background on issues such as CTBT on-site inspections, India and Pakistan’s nuclear programs, ballistic missile defense and nuclear forensics.

Director of the Nuclear Information Project Mr. Hans Kristensen will be presenting on modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Early registration is encouraged as the course may sell out; last day to register is October 25. For conference agenda and registration, click here. 

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