FAS Roundup – March 20, 2020

By March 20, 2020

How the U.S. Must Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic
For Scientific AmericanAli Nouri, FAS president and co-chair of the National Academies’ New Voices initiative, makes the case for collaboration across scientific disciplines to fight COVID-19.  As the New Voices indicate, there is “an urgent need for scientists, public health experts, engineers, federal and local agencies and those in the private sector to step up and act on behalf of the greater societal good.”

Ask A Scientist
This week, we formally launched the interactive “Ask A Scientist” tool to answer the public’s questions on the novel coronavirus. We’ve answered hundreds of questions from people around the globe, and we are working tirelessly to keep those answers coming. Big thanks to our collaborators at the NYUGovLab and the National Science Policy Network for their hard work!

The U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Is Not Prepared For Climate Catastrophe
In his inaugural column for Forbes, Matt Korda writes “it is increasingly evident that the U.S. nuclear enterprise is ill-equipped to deal with the inevitable onslaught of climate catastrophes that will devastate nuclear bases and their employees in the coming months and years.”

Political Battle Brewing Over New Nuclear Program
“The W88 uses the Mk5 [reentry body] but the W93 will likely use a new Mk7, which will add to the cost projection,” Hans Kristensen tells National Defense. “A W93 using Mk7 obviously will be more expensive than the standard life-extension programs.”

Nuclear notebook: Russian nuclear forces, 2020
Russia is in the middle of a decades-long modernization of its strategic and nonstrategic nuclear forces to replace Soviet-era weapons with newer systems. Learn more about it, only in the Nuclear Notebook written by Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda.

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