Event: Short Course on CBRN Weapons, Science and Policy

FAS and George Mason University will host a short course from July 7-9, 2014 as part of GMU’s 2014 summer program in International Security. This three day, non-credit short course is designed to introduce participants to the science, security, and policy dimensions of the threats of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as well as ballistic and cruise missile.

This course is aimed at professionals in energy policy, nuclear policy, nuclear industry, public health, life sciences, law enforcement, emergency management and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to acts by states, criminals, or terrorists using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Date: July 7-9, 2014

Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Location: GMU Arlington Campus

Fee: $1,300 (early bird rate until June 1)

$1,600 after May 15

Discounts for program alumni and groups of three or more are available

2.1 Continuing Ed Units awarded


Topics that will be addressed during the three day course include:

  • Radiological Threats
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • How Nuclear Weapons Work
  • Biological and Chemical Weapons
  • Ballistic and Cruise Missiles
  • Nonproliferation and Arms Control



For more information and to register, visit the course page here. 


Presentation Slides: 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and Verification Capabilities

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy Mr. Chris Bidwell spoke at the Radiological and Nuclear Detection Symposium hosted by VIP GlobalNet LLC on March 25-26, 2014 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Ferguson’s presentation was on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit that was held this week in the Netherlands. Ferguson discussed progress with securing dangerous nuclear materials (such as hundreds of tons of HEU that have been downblended to LEU and research and isotope production reactors that have been shut down) and remaining international challenges to securing fissile materials. Dr. Ferguson’s presentation slides are available here (PDF).

Mr. Bidwell spoke about the recent Defense Science Board (DSB) report from January 2014 on monitoring and verification and how they will be used with Iran in the wake of the deal with the P5+1. The DSB report found that nuclear verification and monitoring capabilities  have atrophied, “are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist.” New monitoring technologies need to take into account many factors including: ability to detect smaller programs, monitor for proliferation vs. monitoring for compliance, and issues of crowd sourcing. Mr. Bidwell spoke about other verification concerns and provided recommendations on how to improve current verification tools. Presentation slides are available here (PDF).

Event: Screening and Panel Discussion of “Garwin: Witness to History”

Screening and Panel Discussion of “Garwin: Witness to History”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Auditorium

1200 New York Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20005

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Syracuse University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) cordially invite you to a screening of the new documentary exploring the distinguished (and controversial) career of Dr. Richard Garwin, “Garwin: Witness to History.”

Dr. Garwin was a principal member of the team that designed the first hydrogen bomb in 1952 and has served as an advisor to every president since Eisenhower on issues of war and peace. He has dealt with important security issues such as nuclear proliferation, arms control, missile defense, and global warming. The filmmakers traveled across the country with Dr. Garwin as he pursued these and other issues.  They have produced an eloquent testimony to Dr. Garwin’s contributions to peace and security.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Garwin and filmmakers Professor Richard Breyer and Mr. Anand Kamalakar.


5:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.: Reception

6:15 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.: Film Screening

7:30 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion


RSVP: Please reply by April 17, 2014 by emailing [email protected] or contact Katie Colten at 202-454-4694.

Event: Faith Communities on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Soka Gakkai International-USA, FAS, Abolition 2000, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Pax Christi International, Pax Christi USA and Women’s Action for New Directions invite you to a one-day conference examining the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and means for collaboration between the faith and advocacy communities on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. The event will be held from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Leaders from faith-based organizations, advocacy groups and government will come together to examine topics such as how faith views nuclear weapons, areas for partnership and U.S. nuclear policy.

The conference is free but advanced registration is required.

To RSVP and for conference agenda, click here. 


Event: Radiological and Nuclear Detection Symposium: An Industry Discussion with Government

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy Mr. Chris Bidwell will speak at the Radiological and Nuclear Detection Symposium hosted by VIP GlobalNet LLC on March 25-26, 2014 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The symposium will bring together government and industry experts to discuss how they can work together on radiation and nuclear detection challenges. Dr. Ferguson will speak about the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands. Mr. Bidwell will speak about the recent Defense Science Board (DSB) report on nuclear verification monitoring capabilities.

Click here for registration and symposium schedule.

Event: Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group Winter Symposium

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy, Mr. Christopher Bidwell will speak at the Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group Winter Symposium in Washington, DC. The topic of Mr. Bidwell’s presentation is the future of Iran sanctions and interaction between the United States, European Union and the private sector.

The event is hosted in partnership with: the American Security Project, The American Bar Association’s International Anti-Money Laundering Committee, the FBI’s InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance, the ABA Intl Financial Products and Services Committee, the ABA Privacy, e-Commerce and Data Security Committee, the ABA Young Lawyers Interest Network and the ABA Section of Criminal Justice.

Details on the event can be found below. Registration is $25 for members of partner organization, $35 for non-members. Fee is waived for government employees who attend in person.

Click here to register.



American Bar Association

John Marshall Room B&C

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12:30 PM – 5:00 PM US EST

Meeting begins at 12:30 PM. Discussion begins at 1:00 PM.


  • Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice of National Security Affairs, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University: “Colombian Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing” 
  • Dr. Lucas Brown, RedOwl Analytics: “Analyzing Employee Behavior to Fight Fraud in the Era of Big Data”
  • CDR Dave Gefell, US Coast Guard, Executive Officer, USCG Intelligence Coordination Center, and Josh Lortie, Intelligence Analyst, FBI Counterterrorism Division: “Report from the DHS-Led Private Sector Working Group on Money Laundering”
  • Joaquin Roose, Strategic Analysis, Financial Intelligence Unit, HSBC North America Holdings: “Illicit Finance Risks: Credit Union Case Study”
  • Daniel Levy, Principal, McKool Smith P.C.: “Recent U.S. Cross-Border Enforcement Efforts and the Risks That They Present For Financial Institutions”
  • Scott Dueweke, Senior Associate, Alternative Payment Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton: “Striking a Balance: The Promise and Vulnerability of New Virtual, Digital and Mobile Payment Systems”
  • Christopher A. Bidwell, JD, Senior Fellow – Nonproliferation Law and Policy, Federation of American Scientists: “The Future of Iran Sanctions – U.S., E.U. and Private Sector Interactions”  

Moderators: Danielle Camner Lindholm, Co-Chair of the FIIS WG and the ABA Intl AML Committee, and Lesley Rockwell, Co-Chair of the FIIS WG

Event: Luncheon Briefing on Future Nuclear Risks and Deterrence

Monday, November 4, 2013

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

House Cannon Office Building, Room 121

Washington, DC


In his April 2009 Prague speech, President Obama stated “clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” but went on to note that, “as long as these weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary.” Our nuclear weapons themselves are safe — meaning that one is highly unlikely to go off by accident — but how safe is nuclear deterrence — threatening to destroy civilization in an attempt to preserve peace?

An engineering discipline known as Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) has been applied successfully to improve safety in a number of other, potentially catastrophic situations. QRA uses historical data about partial excursions into the accident chain to estimate the overall risk and to highlight failure mechanisms requiring remediation.

Examples of QRA include:

  • Nuclear crisis at Fukushima: Had QRA been applied, it would have shown that the sea wall was far too low;
  • China and Japan are playing naval and aerial chicken over a small, uninhabited island chain known as the Senkakus which could lead to conflict.

Dr. Martin Hellman, FAS Senior Fellow for Nuclear Risk Analysis and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, will discuss current nuclear risks and how QRA can be used to reduce these risks.


When: Monday, November 4, 2013

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Registration

12:10 p.m. – Briefing

12:40 p.m. – Questions and Discussion



House Cannon Office Building

Room 121

Washington, DC



Dr. Martin Hellman, FAS Senior Fellow for Nuclear Risk Analysis and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University


RSVP: Please reply by emailing [email protected] or contact Katie Colten at 202-454-4694.

Event: Launching the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013

Launching the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013

October 17, 2013

12:30 – 2:30pm

National Resources Defense Council D.C. Office

1152 15th Street NW

Washington, DC

A light lunch will be served from 12:15pm

Opening remarks:

Christopher Paine, Senior Policy Advisor, NRDC Nuclear Program


Mycle Schneider, Independent energy consultant, Lead author of The World Nuclear Industry Status Report


Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists


Matthew McKinzie, Director, NRDC Nuclear Program

To register for this event, please click here.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) invite you to a luncheon discussion with Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013. The plummeting natural gas prices, sovereign debt crisis, proliferation concerns and improved economic conditions for renewable energy sources have created a challenging global environment for nuclear power. Contrary to beliefs that there is a global renaissance in nuclear power, the use of nuclear power around the world is on the decline. This is especially true in the United States, where operating reactors are being closed for the first time in 15 years. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides a vital reality check to the current situation of the global nuclear industry as well as identifying important nuclear trends.

Registration: To register for this event, please click here.

Mycle Schneider is an independent international consultant on energy and nuclear policy based in Paris. Mycle is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) at Princeton University, USA. His consulting clients included the French and German Environmental Ministries, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Greenpeace, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the European Commission, the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety. Mycle has given evidence and held briefings at Parliaments in thirteen countries and given lectures at fourteen universities around the globe. He founded the Energy Information Agency WISE-Paris in 1983 and directed it until 2003. In 1997, along with Jinzabuto Takagi, he received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.

Call for Applications: NPEC Public Policy Fellowship

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center  (NPEC) Public Policy Fellowship is designed to educate policymaking staffers in the U.S. government on the essentials of issues related to nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear energy.  Participants will include policy staffers committed to protecting U.S. and international security against the threats posed by the further spread of nuclear weapons. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted from: legislative directors, legislative assistants, legislative correspondents, military fellows, communication staffers and professional committee staff members in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as executive branch staffers in intelligence, defense, foreign affairs, and communications.

Program Description:

NPEC Public Policy Fellows will attend six lunchtime seminars.  These seminars will be held in the months of October and November 2013 on select Fridays from noon-1:30pm.   Participants who attend at least three of the six seminars will have the opportunity to attend an intensive two-day workshop in early 2014.  All events will take place in Washington, D.C.

The lecture-based seminars are taught by Henry Sokolski, adjunct professor of nuclear policy at the Institute of World Politics, author of Best of Intentions: America’s Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation, and executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center;  and Charles Ferguson, author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, former adjunct professor at the Security Studies Program of Georgetown University, and president of the Federation of American Scientists.  Seminars will address the following questions:

  • What was the nuclear weapons revolution about and what policy challenges does the control and use of nuclear weapons continue to pose today?
  • What are the technical basics relating to nuclear weapons design and the generation of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons useable fuels?
  • What are the relationships between civilian and military nuclear activities?
  • How safeguardable are different civilian nuclear facilities and materials against possible military diversion?
  • What are the key premises and history behind the nuclear rules that still matter:  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and the U.S. Atomic Energy Act?
  • What technical and political factors have driven the massive nuclear arms reductions to date?
  • What might the next arms race look like and what, if anything, could be done to avoid further nuclear proliferation or use?
  • What are the key areas of study that are essential to nuclear policy making, what are the key readings, and who are the key experts?


Applicants should submit a current resume, cover letter no longer than two pages explaining his or her interest in the seminars, and a letter of recommendation for the fellowship from a current or former employer or professor.

Applications for the Fall 2013 session of the NPEC Public Policy Fellowship Seminars must be submitted by noon on September 13, 2013.  Only completed applications will be considered.

To apply: click here