FAS Roundup – April 19, 2021

By April 19, 2021

Biden Could Win Back Progressives By Pausing A Controversial New Nuclear Weapon
The ground-based strategic deterrent program is projected to cost a whopping $100 billion in acquisition fees alone. That same amount could purchase more than 2.5 billion coronavirus vaccines, or create more than 10 million public housing units, writes FAS’ Matt Korda in Forbes.

A Self-Correcting Classification System?
Those with authorized access to classified information that they believe is improperly classified are “encouraged and expected” to challenge the classification of that information, and every once in a while, their challenges lead to declassification of the information, writes FAS’ Steven Aftergood.

S&T Policy Priorities: Senate Nomination Hearing for OSTP Director
Have questions Senators should ask about the intersection of science and technology with policy during Thursday’s nomination hearing of Dr. Eric Lander for director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy? Submit them via our new POPVOX hub for connecting subject matter experts with the policymaking process. The Committee wants to hear your thoughts on emerging issues in science and technology, approaches for countering public health threats, mitigating the impact of climate change, or strengthening the US research enterprise, and more. To register for an invitation to the hub, sign up here!

A Proposal to Amplify Youth Voices in STEM
From the Day One Project and Caillou Peña, a plan for leveraging existing and new youth science programs to foster active youth participation in STEM policymaking, position youth to provide critical insights into the future of STEM work, and champion youth STEM ambassadors in schools across America.

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