FAS Roundup – October 15, 2018

By October 15, 2018

Emerging Disruptive Technologies and Their Potential Threat to Strategic Stability and National Security

Christopher Bidwell and Bruce MacDonald‘s latest report details several emerging technologies that may pose national security risks, including artificial intelligence, hypersonics, and other emerging technologies.

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New satellite images suggest military buildup in Russia’s strategic Baltic enclave
Building off Hans Kristensen‘s June 2018 report, CNN published a new report on Russia’s nuclear upgrades in the Kaliningrad region featured on the Situation Room, citing FAS’ Kristensen. 


Russia hits a snag in developing a hypersonic weapon – after Putin said it was already in production

Kristensen was quoted by CNBC: Russia has “been flight-testing this system for a long time.” 

This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you

Kristensen’s global nuclear arsenal data was cited in a piece by Vox on the process, risks, and nuances of nuclear war

Former FBI agent gets four years in prison for leaking classified documents

Steven Aftergood told The Post: “There’s an enduring tension between government secrecy and a free press […] tipping in favor of law enforcement.” 

DOE Declassifies Declassification of Downblending Move

The Department of Energy has declassified the decision to classify its intention to make 25 metric tons of Highly Enriched Uranium available for downblending into Low Enriched Uranium for tritium production use. 

Democracy in Decline?

Democracy as a political system has not advanced around the world in the past decade and by some measures it has actually declined, a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes. 


Steven Aftergood publishes analysis and new/updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports in the FAS Secrecy News blog. To subscribe to the FAS Secrecy News mailing list, click here.

Ankit Panda spoke at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research’s (UNIDIR) side event on nuclear risk reduction in Northeast Asia on October 16 at the UN headquarters in New York City.

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