FAS Roundup – October 16, 2017

By October 16, 2017

FAS Welcomes New Senior Fellow: Adam Mount
Adam Mount comes to FAS by way of the Center for American Progress and the Council on Foreign Relations. At FAS, he will continue to cover U.S. nuclear policy, including nuclear modernization, deterrence and stability between nuclear powers, and North Korea. To learn more about Mount, click here.

Program Activity

Nonpartisan Nuclear Verification Task Force (Dir. Christopher Bidwell)

FAS Task Force Recommendations Used in Bipartisan Bill
A bipartisan-sponsored bill introduced by Congressman Gerald E. Connolly explicitly references a recommendation in the latest report by the FAS Nonpartisan Nuclear Verification Task Force, calling for a congressional commission with bipartisan staff to oversee implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement. 

Nuclear Information Project (Directed by Hans Kristensen)
In response to President Trump’s call for a “nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” Kristensen published analysis on the realities of the United States increasing its nuclear arsenal and how the in-preparation Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) might play out for U.S. nuclear policy. 

Project on Government Secrecy (Directed by Steven Aftergood)
There are brand-new entries in Secrecy News, including new CRS reports:

In the Press

[FAS Nuclear Information Project’s world nuclear arsenal estimates used in key graphic for The Washington Post‘s October 12 piece titled, “Trump may be kicking off a new age of nuclear weapons.”] 

“The big question about the “moron” comment, prior to Wednesday’s report, is why Tillerson was so disgusted by the president. As Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists puts it, ‘we now know why.’” 

“Officials present at the meeting told NBC News that Trump referenced a point when the U.S. had 32,000 nuclear warheads in the late 1960s … The U.S. currently has 4,000 nuclear warheads, according to [FAS].” 

Recent Publications

Special Report
This third report by the FAS Nonpartisan Nuclear Verification Task Force examines nuclear monitoring and verification in the digital age, providing key recommendations for the future thereof, including the establishment of a network of independent verification centers.


Special Report + 2 Issue Briefs
Part of the FAS Naval Nuclear Propulsion Project, these publications provide legal, technical, and policy perspectives on naval nuclear propulsion, including a case study on Brazil.

Also available are working papers on the project’s online hub.

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