FAS Roundup – March 25, 2019

Above The Fray Cold War Science Diplomacy with the Soviets with Professor Frank von Hippel

In the latest episode of Above The Fray, FAS President Ali Nouri‘s video podcast, he and former FAS Chair Prof. Frank von Hippel discussed Cold War-era science diplomacy efforts, and more. For more conversations in Cessnas, visit our official playlist.

National Science Foundation Budget Request (FY20)

On Tuesday, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director, Dr. France A. Córdova, came before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations to testify on NSF’s fiscal year 2020 budget request and address:

  • the importance of funding discovery science and engineering research
  • advances in artificial intelligence
  • efforts toward diversifying the science and engineering research community and ending sexual harassment

Read the latest FAS Congressional Hearing Readout for a detailed review of the hearing and video highlights of witness testimonies.

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Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

Steven Aftergood spoke to The Intercept about DOD’s FOIA rejections for Project Maven. 

 

Ex-NSA contractor pleads guilty in theft of secret documents

Steven Aftergood told AP: The recent string of breaches is a reminder that “people are fallible” and “perfect security can never be achieved.” 

 

Steven Aftergood directs the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. To stay up-to-date with his analysis and release of Congressional Research Service reports, subscribe to Secrecy News

Discussion The Report of the FAS International Study Group on North Korea Policy

Study group director, FAS’ Adam Mount, and members Mira Rapp-Hooper and FAS’ Ankit Panda discussed their report on managing a nuclear-armed North Korea at the Korea Society in New York this past Thursday. Watch the entire discussion, including a Q&A.

Trump’s North Korea Blunder

Ankit Panda writes for The Alantic on the Trump-U.S. Treasury conflict about recent DPRK-related sanctions: “The president is finally reckoning with the role of sanctions in diplomacy.” 

Trump sparks confusion with tweet on North Korea-related sanctions

Adam Mount told CNN: Trump’s voluntary loosening of sanctions to preserve negotiations “shovels leverage to [North Korea].” 

(AUDIO) Mission Shakti: The Indian Anti-Satellite Test

Ankit Panda appeared on the Arms Control Wonkpodcast to discuss in-depth India’s recent anti-satellite test. 

Modi calls India ‘space superpower’ as satellite downed by missile

Ankit Panda told AFP: “This is less about shooting down satellites and more about proving high-altitude ‘hit-to-kill’ proficiency.” 

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