FAS Roundup – January 30, 2017

By January 30, 2017

SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch and more from CRS

The latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports aggregated by Steven Aftergood, Director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, in his online publication Secrecy News features an overview of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from a legal perspective and several other CRS reports. Full Post →

Under Pressure: Long Duration Undersea Research

by Steven Aftergood
Dir. FAS Project on Government Secrecy

Spy Satellite Agency: Winter Is Here

by Steven Aftergood
Dir. FAS Project on Government Secrecy

Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump: Signal and other incognito communications

POLITICO‘s latest White House coverage details the methodologies and applications that U.S. government agency employees are using to vocalize their dissenting opinions on the actions of the Trump Administration in the first two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, with commentary by FAS’s own Steven Aftergood, Director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. Full Story →

Short Course:
Nuclear Weapon and Related Security Issue

American Physical Society’s Forum on Physics/Society,
GWU Elliott School, FAS, AAPT
April 21-22, 2017 (Friday/Saturday, GWU, 1957 E St., NW, DC, room 602)
George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington, DC
A popular technical workshop is making a repeat performance. The first three APS/FPS Conferences on Nuclear Weapon and Related Issues were published in the American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings 104, 178, and 1596. International experts will give the background to understand these issues more completely. We recommend signing up early, as it is limited to 100 conferees. The cost is $120 for 25 talks, 250-page book, 2 lunches, and coffee/snacks.
The organizers are Pierce Corden (AAAS), Tony Fainberg (former DHS), Dave Hafemeister (CalPoly), Allison Macfarlane (GWU). Information/registration athttps://aps.org/units/fps/meetings/nucwpissues. For questions, contact Dave Hafemeister at [email protected] (1/30).
I. Strategic Nuclear Weapons (Friday at 9 a.m.)
  • Keynote: Future of US/Russian Arms Control: Steven Pifer (Brookings)
  • US Nuclear Strategy Toward China, Charles Glaser (GWU)
  • Alert Status of Nuclear Weapons: Hans Kristensen (FAS)
  • Nuclear Modernization: Amy Woolf (CRS)
  • Global Strike Hypersonic Weapons: James Acton (CEIP)
  • Nuclear Warhead Verification: Alex Glaser (Princeton)
  • Luncheon Speaker: Richard Garwin’s Biography: Joel Shurkin (shared Pulitzer).
II. Multilateral Arms Control
  • NAS Nuclear Test-Ban Studies: Raymond Jeanloz (UC-Berkeley)
  • CTBT On-Site Inspections: J.J. Zucca (LLNL)
  • Control of Conventional Arms: Bruce Turner (State Dept.)
  • Space Weapon Technology and Policy: Theresa Hitchens (U. Maryland)
  • BMD Countermeasures: George Lewis (Cornell)
  • CW/BW Arms Control: Robert Mikulak (former US Ambassador to OPCW)
III. Nuclear Proliferation (Saturday at 9 a.m.)
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Program: David Albright (ISIS)
  • Joint Plan of Action with Iran: George Perkovich (CEIP)
  • Future of NPT, Measures to Reduce Nuclear Dangers: Daryl Kimball (ACA)
  • Role of Safeguards to Ensure Compliance: Sandy Spector (MIIS)
  • Quadripartite ABACC; A Model for Others:  Togzhan Kassenova (CEIP)
  • Further Proliferation from Nuclear Power Infrastructure: Sharon Squassoni (CSIS)
IV. Terrorism
  • General Threat from Terrorists: Steve Sin & Herbie Tinsley (START Terrorism Ctr, UMD)
  • Nuclear Terrorism – Threat or Not: Miles Pomper (MIIS)
  • Technologies to Counter Aviation Security ThreatsDrone Warfare: Hugh Gusterson (GWU)
  • Countering Nuclear Terrorism with Technology: Mike Carter (LLNL)
  • Summary of Countering Terrorist Threats: Tony Fainberg (IDA)
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