FAS Roundup – October 22, 2018

By October 22, 2018

Op-ed: Synthetic biology and the new culture of responsibility
FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri and Shahram Seyedin-Noor co-authored an op-ed for synthetic biology hub SynBioBeta, discussing why industry and policymakers need to work together to mitigate dual-use biotechnology risks. 

Hans Kristensen spoke to ABC News Australia to discuss President Trump’s announcement that the United States plans to withdraw from the INF Treaty, an arms control agreement with Russia, stating that the Trump administration is becoming the “treaty killer administration.”


(AUDIO) President Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Kristensen told NPR: U.S. withdrawal from INF Treaty with Russia could allow for a “new arms race” between the United States and Russia. 

Putin Deepens Confusion About Russian Nuclear Policy
Abigail Stowe-ThurstonMatt Korda, and Kristensen wrote for Russia Matters: Ambiguous U.S./Russian intentions forcing “dangerous assumptions.” 

Nuclear Stockpile Declassification Sought

The Federation of American Scientists asked the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to declassify and disclose the current size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, as they have done in past years. 

“Taking” Marine Mammals for National Defense
The U.S. Navy this month updated its regulations on the use of marine mammals — such as whales, dolphins, and seals — for national defense purposes. The Navy policy on marine mammals follows a 1987 statute. 

Arms Sales: Congressional Review, and More from CRS
New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include: Arms Sales: Congressional Review ProcessCongress Considers Possible Responses to the Killing of a Saudi Journalist, and more. 

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.

In the latest episode of Above The Fray, FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri’s video podcast, he and journalist Bob Gibson discuss gerrymandering — and how to stop it. You can view all past episodes of here.

The FAS-FBI Bioagents Education cards were on display at the iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree, a bioengineering conference in Boston, Massachusetts. You can download the FAS-FBI Bioagents Education app on iOS and Android for free — right now!


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