FAS Roundup – October 10, 2016

By October 10, 2016

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Spy agencies team up with National Academies

Steven Aftergood, FAS Director of the Project on Government Secrecy, is featured in Science, underscoring the seeming importance of the intelligence community receiving guidance from academics. Read the full story.


by Steven Aftergood, FAS Director of the Project on Government Secrecy

A Vacancy on the Presidential Ticket and More

In a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the question is considered: What would happen if a candidate for President or Vice-President were to die or leave the ticket before election day, during a presidential transition, or before the President and Vice-President’s inauguration on January 20, 2017? Plus, more from the CRS. Read the full post.

Amount of Classification is Highly Uncertain

A new report from the State Department Inspector General indicates that the classification activity reported to the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) by the State may be imprecise, inaccurate, and incorrect. Read the full post.

Security Clearance Reform Gets “Re-Baselined”

The executive branch is actively trying to modernize and improve its vetting processes for individuals who receive access to sensitive information or are to be granted security clearances. Read the full post.

The Real Nuclear Threat

Dr. Lawrence M. Krauss, a member of FAS’s Board of Experts, published a piece in The New Yorker detailing how the biggest dangers facing the world with respect to nuclear weapons are the policies presently in place. Read the full story.

Security fears over FBI contracting out highly sensitive surveillance documents

Steven Aftergood, FAS Director of the Project on Government Secrecy, is also featured in The Guardian, explaining how the Aveshka contract is reflective of how the private sector is becoming more involved in the government’s national security operations. Read the full story.

The Texas A&M Student Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Material Management (INMM), in conjunction with the Southwest Chapter of INMM, is offering a Mentor Program to its members. It is planned that nuclear engineering or policy students are placed in contact with professionals in the nuclear security & safeguards fields. We are requesting volunteers who are willing to offer their services as a mentor to a student.

A mentor’s responsibilities will include answering questions about their career and other aspects of their experience and job. This could be done via email or via telephone and would consist of a workload of approximately several hours per month. This Mentor Program represents an effort by the nuclear security & safeguards community to enhance the early development of the next generation of professionals and leaders in these fields.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact:

Steven Horowitz, Texas A&M INMM Chapter President


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