FAS Roundup – March 22, 2021

By March 22, 2021

Russian nuclear forces, 2021
In the latest Nuclear Notebook, FAS’ Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda break down their current estimates of Russian nuclear forces, and dissect Russia’s nuclear strategy and modernization plans.

British Defense Review Ends Nuclear Reductions Era
“The decision to increase the size of the future stockpile – and potentially deploy more warheads on British submarines – is but the latest example of nuclear-armed states invigorating a nuclear arms race and reversing progress toward reducing the world’s nuclear arsenals,” FAS’ Hans Kristensen writes in the latest Strategic Security blog.

A New Policy on Setting Intelligence Priorities
“Is national security mainly concerned with Iran nuclear weapons research and North Korean missiles and other adversarial threats or actions? Or does it also extend to the pandemic that resulted in more than half a million American deaths in the past year?” writes FAS’ Steven Aftergood about changes in the process to prepare the National Intelligence Priorities Framework.

Averting Environmental Risks in the New Space Age
From Amy Mehlman, John P. Janka, Mark A. Sturza, and the Day One Project, a proposal on how the Biden-Harris Administration should direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fully examine and address the critical environmental issues that congested satellites and space junk may cause.

The Cyberlaw Podcast: The Xi-Hawley Global Consensus on Tech Platforms
Hear Scoville Fellow Ishan Sharma on the Lawfare Cyberlaw Podcast, where he weighs in on the latest cyber conflict paper from the United Nations and goes deep on reigning in bad surveillance practices to create a more responsible set of rules and international law.

Creating an Advisory Mechanism for the BWC
FAS held the second part of the first Workshop on the Modalities of a Scientific Advisory Process for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Speakers made presentations about scientific advisory mechanisms in other multilateral forums, and about the recent proposals that have been made in BWC meetings. The discussions focused on the areas of agreement for a new process (independent, strictly technical, free from political considerations), and the areas of disagreement (size of the body, its composition, qualifications of its members, etc). The solutions to the disagreements are to be found in the second workshop, which will be held later this year.

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