FAS Roundup – March 27, 2017

By March 27, 2017

With facts themselves constantly contested, the urgency for nonpartisan,evidence-based research is greater now than ever before.

What roles do engineers and scientists have in this volatile political atmosphere? Where can these individuals contribute to global security and safety? How can scientists and engineers keep us safe?

Join us on FridayApril 21 alongside three senior and three graduate-level scientists and engineers, including Dr. John Holdrenformer advisor to President Obama on Science & Technology, to confront these questions.


This Week in FAS

Charles D. Ferguson, FAS President, joined over 3,000 scientists—including Stephen Hawking and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry—in signing a letter to support the United Nations’s recent efforts (as of March 27) tonegotiate a ban on nuclear weapons.

  • “Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention … We scientists bear a special responsibility for nuclear weapons, since it was scientists who invented them…” Read the full letter here.

Steven Aftergood, director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, published several pieces in Secrecy News, including:

  • newly revised U.S. Air Force directive that adopts a more expansive disclosure policy. Though not self-enforcing, this policy does “represent an official statement of Air Force values.”

In the Press

“The Federation of American Scientists, for example, estimates [that North Korea has] 10-to-20 [nuclear weapons] … Hans Kristensen … says, “it is unclear if they are operational yet.”

“… Hans Kristensen … said … [t]he biggest spending around nuclear defense in North Dakota isn’t expected until the late 2020s or early 2030s, when the [ICBMs] are scheduled for replacement.”

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