FAS Roundup – July 15, 2019

Who is a ‘covert agent’? CIA bid to expand the category raises alarm for civil liberties groups
In the age of social media and cyber ops, is it time to update protections for “covert agents”? FAS expert Steven Aftergood says there’s “room to consider” but is still waiting to hear a “clear… argument.”

As U.S. Modernizes Its Nuclear Arsenal, Costs and Risks Soar
What happens when the U.S. modernizes its nuclear stockpile? New nuclear planning operations might mean nuclear tests–all around the world. Check out Truthout for more analysis from FAS experts Hans Kristensen and Steven Aftergood.

… and the real possibility of nuclear war.
On Flashpoints, FAS research associate Matt Korda speaks on the most recent nuclear posture review, potential new thresholds of nuclear use, and the environmental consequences of nuclear war.

Whoops! Canadian senator accidentally revealed European locations of U.S. nuclear weapons
Or did he? Canada Senator Joseph Day referenced an FAS expert co-authored open-source report on nuclear weapons locations. If you’d like to learn more about the U.S. nuclear forces (and why these locations weren’t a secret!), check out this edition of the Nuclear Notebook.

Making sense of a Congressional clash over US greenhouse gas emissions
Read the latest Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter to get to the bottom of an argument between Members of Congress over recent trends in US greenhouse gas emissions that ensued during a hearing of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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