FAS Roundup: May 17, 2016

70th Anniversary Edition of the Public Interest Report

This exclusive edition of the PIR attempts to encapsulate FAS’s continual reinvention with a glimpse into FAS’s past and a look to the future and what it may hold. A stellar assemblage of authors discuss the many aspirations, accomplishments, and challenges of FAS. Read the journal, in full, here.

FAS Special Event: “30 Years After the Accident: the Meaning of Chernobyl Today?”

Leading experts came together to discuss Chernobyl on the eve of its 30th anniversary, the lessons learned, and possible implications that this fateful event has for the nuclear industry today. Speaker presentations and the full recording of the event are available now.

 From the Blogs

Using Social Media in Background Investigations: A directive signed by the Director of National Intelligence yesterday formally authorizes the use of social media by official investigators who are conducting background investigations for security clearances. See Collection, Use, and Retention of Publicly Available Social Media Information in Personnel Security Background Investigations and AdjudicationsSecurity Executive Agent Directive 5, May 12, 2016.

What Kind of Military Officers Does the US Need? (CRS): There is a lack of consensus about what the U.S. military officer corps should look like, a new report from the Congressional Research Service says. Divergent views exist about what type of military officers the country needs, what skills they should have, how they should be distributed by grade, what criteria should be used for their promotion or separation, and more. “This report provides an overview of selected concepts and statutory provisions that shape and define officer appointments, assignments, grade structure, promotions, and separations.”  See Military Officer Personnel Management: Key Concepts and Statutory Provisions, May 10, 2016.

Delivery Drones, Confederate Flags, and More from CRS: The growing prospect of the use of drones for commercial delivery purposes is considered in a new memorandum from the Congressional Research Service. “Can you prevent a drone from flying over your house to deliver a package to your neighbor? Until now, that question has been of purely theoretical interest. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that could significantly change the operational landscape for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) and make these kinds of hypothetical delivery drones a reality,” the CRS memo begins. See Delivery Drones: Coming to the Sky Near You?, CRS Legal Sidebar, May 6, 2016.

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