FAS Roundup – April 10, 2017

By April 10, 2017

This Week in FAS

Hans Kristensen, director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, authored a chapter on nuclear weapons modernization and evolution in a UNIDIR report titled Understanding Nuclear Weapon Risks, available for free to the public.

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

  • With recent criticism of U.S. air strikes in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. Air Force’s new policy on conscientious objectors (COs) — those who are categorically opposed to all military action — allows U.S. Air Force personnel to hold critical opinions toward specific wars without disqualifying participation in war.
  • Aftergood analyzes the reemerging “risk management / risk avoidance dichotomy” as a result of new guidance published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) in a piece titled, “Risk Avoidance” Leads to Over-Classification.

In the Press

“The challenge [IAEA] inspectors face [with the Iran nuclear agreement] is that they are ‘looking to prove the negative,’ says Christopher Bidwell, a senior fellow at [FAS].”

Hans Kristensen … said that the explosive power of even the smallest nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal, the B-61 bomb, is ‘an order of magnitude” larger than the GBU-43.'”

“… Hans Kristensen, head of the [FAS] Nuclear Information Project … [said] … ‘It looks like there are now (2012) five adversaries in the plan: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Syria’ …”

 

Events & Affiliate News

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 P. Holdrenformer President Obama’s science advisor, to confront these questions.

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