Ballistic Missile Defense Event Slides Now Available

Last week, FAS and the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at AAAS hosted an event on the technical, strategic and arms control challenges for ballistic missile defense in Washington, DC. Topics discussed includedballistic missile defense capabilities, realistic testing for reliability and effectiveness and countermeasures.

Speakers Mr. Philip Coyle, Dr. George Lewis and Mr. Bruce MacDonald have kindly allowed FAS to post their presentation slides from the event.

 

Philip Coyle

George Lewis

Bruce MacDonald

Event: Medical Isotope Production Without Nuclear Reactors or Uranium Enrichment

radiationsquareThe Federation of American Scientists and the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the  American Association for the Advancement of Science are hosting  a luncheon briefing and discussion on medical radioisotope production without nuclear reactors or uranium enrichment on Thursday, June 13th at 12pm . The discussion will focus on a new CSTSP paper, Nuclear Medicine without Nuclear Reactors or Uranium Enrichment including issues relevant to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, as in the case of Iran.

Copies of the paper will be distributed at the briefing.

Date:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Location: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Abelson/Haskins Room, 2nd Floor

1200 New York Avenue NW (Enter at corner of 12th and H Street)

Washington, DC 20005

Speakers:

Mr. Derek Updegraff, Program Associate, Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mr. Mark Jansson, Special Projects Director, Federation of American Scientists

Mr. David Nusbaum, Research Fellow, Managing the Atom Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

RSVP:

Please RSVP by June 12, 2013 here.

Questions:

Please contact Katie Colten via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 202-454-4694.

 

Event: Ballistic Missile Defense- Technical, Strategic and Arms Control Challenges

The Federation of American Scientists and the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are hosting an event on Thursday, June 6th at 5pm in Washington, DC on the technical, strategic and arms control challenges for ballistic missile defense.

Topics that will be discussed include: ballistic missile defense capabilities, realistic testing for reliability and effectiveness, countermeasures, and strategic considerations such as the relationship of current and proposed programs to arms control with Russia and China.

Follow the live twitter feed @AAAS_CSTSP and submit any questions using #CSTSP_BMD.

Speaker presentation slides are available here.

Date:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

4:45 PM: Registration

5:00 PM: Program

7:00-8:00 PM: Reception

Location:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy

1200 New York Avenue NW (Enter at corner of 12th and H Street)

Washington, DC 20005

Moderators:

Dr. Pierce Corden, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists

Speakers:

Mr. Philip Coyle, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Dr. George Lewis, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University

Mr. Bruce MacDonald, Federation of American Scientists and Johns Hopkins University/SAIS

RSVP:

Please RSVP by June 5, 2013 here.

Questions:

Please contact Katie Colten via e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 202-454-4694.

Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson was the keynote speaker at the “Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats” symposium on May 15, 2013 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Ferguson spoke about understanding and countering nuclear and radiological terrorism; presentation slides are available here.

FAS Adjunct Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy Mr. Chris Bidwell, JD spoke about technology and policy; presentation slides are available here.

Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats Symposium

FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson will be the keynote speaker at a symposium hosted by VIP Global Net, LLC on May 15-16, 2013 at the Mason Inn at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

The topic of the symposium is “Countering Nuclear and Radiological Threats” and will feature speakers from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) communities industry, operators, NGO and policymakers. The goal of the symposium is to facilitate solutions based discussion regarding nuclear and radiological threats related to national security and defense.

FAS Adjunct Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation Law and Policy Mr. Chris Bidwell, JD will also speak at the symposium.

Featured speakers and agenda can be found here.

To register for the symposium click here.

FAS President Speaks at University of Illinois

On March 6, FAS President Dr. Charles Ferguson gave a presentation on “The Physics (and Politics) of Nuclear Disarmament” at the physics colloquium of the University of Illinois. This event was, in part, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the course Physics 280: Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear War, and Arms Control taught for 30 years by Prof. Frederick Lamb and now taught by Prof. Matthias Grosse Perdekamp. This is believed to be the longest continuously taught course on these issues; more than 1,000 students have taken this course.

Dr. Ferguson’s presentation slides can be viewed here (PDF).

On March 7, Dr. Ferguson gave the MillerComm lecture at the University of Illinois on the topic of “Leveraging Science and Technology to Transform International Security: The Social Responsibility of Engineers and Scientists.”

Dr. Ferguson’s presentation slides can be viewed here (PDF).

FAS Roundup- February 13, 2012

FAS Roundup: February 13, 2012


New report on future of nuclear power, DoD inspector takes on classification oversight,  freedom of the press and much more.

Events

  • On February 8, 2012, FAS honored Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Dr. Richard A. Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science, at a dinner event in Washington, DC. Secretary Chu was recognized with the Hans Bethe Award and Dr. Meserve received the inaugural Richard L. Garwin Award for distinguished service. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Adviser to the President. The distinguished guests included Congressman Rush Holt, General Brent Scowcroft, Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Gregory Jaczko, NRC Commissioners Kristine Svinicki, George Apostolakis and William Ostendorff, and FAS Board Members. Stay tuned to our website next week for video of the event.
  • FAS also released a new report produced by FAS and Washington and Lee University at a briefing on Capitol Hill on February 8, 2012. The report, on the future of nuclear power in the United States, was written by a distinguished group of experts who provided insights about the safety, security, building, financing, licensing, regulating, and fueling of nuclear power plants.  Speakers at the event included authors Dr. Albert Carr Jr., Mr. Stephen Maloney, Dr. Ivan Oelrich and Ms. Sharon Squassoni. Dr. Charles Ferguson and Dr. Frank Settle, editors of the report, served as moderators of the panel.

New Report on Nuclear Power

From the Blogs

  • Detention of U.S. Persons: What is the Existing Law?: When Congress passed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, it included provisions that authorized U.S. armed forces to detain persons who are captured in the conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces. However, Congress also said that those provisions did not provide any new authority to detain U.S. citizens or others who may be captured in the United States.
  • DoD Inspector General Takes on Classification Oversight: In a move that can only strengthen and improve oversight of the national security classification system, the Department of Defense Inspector General has begun a far-reaching review of Pentagon classification policy. Among other things, the Inspector General review will focus on “efforts by the Department to decrease over-classification.”
  • A Profession Nobody’s Heard Of: What does a health physicist do? Health physics is the profession that deals with radiation safety for people and the environment. Currently, there is a shortage of health physicists in the United States, and the majority of those running radiation safety programs are not trained radiation safety professionals. Dr. Y writes about what exactly a health physicist does, and their importance to the scientific community.
  • Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin Online: The Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin is a quarterly journal published by the U.S. Army to promote awareness and discussion of current topics in military intelligence.  Although unclassified, the Bulletin is not made available online by the Army. Recent volumes can be found on the FAS website.
  • Leaks, National Security, and Freedom of the Press:  A new book, “Who Watches the Watchman” by Gary Ross, explores the the phenomenon of leaks from multiple angles, including their history, their prevalence and their consequences.  Most interestingly, he considers the diverse motivations of leakers and of the reporters who solicit, receive and publish their disclosures. Some of these he finds defensible, and others not.
  • The Radium Age: A century ago, people used radium to treat diseases (such as cancer) and even consumed to help one’s overall health. Radium was also used in products such as watch dials and fishing tackle. With today’s hypersensitivity to radiation this is hard to believe – but one of the reasons for today’s hypersensitivity to radiation might actually have something to do with the profligacy of earlier decades.

Volunteer Opportunity for DC Members

  • FAS will have a booth at the 2nd Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival which will be held on April 28-29 in Washington, DC. We are looking for volunteers to staff our booth-come share your knowledge and career experiences with festival attendees! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melanie Stegman at [email protected].For more information on our booth and the festival, click here.     

FAS in the News

Future of Nuclear Energy in the United States

Will Nuclear Power in the United States See a Revival This Decade?

FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS AND WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY RELEASE NEW REPORT ON FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY IN THE U.S.

Background resources on nuclear energy

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2012) – In the wake of the devastating meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, many Americans are now reevaluating the costs and benefits of nuclear energy. If anything, the accident underscores that constant vigilance is needed to ensure nuclear safety. Policymakers and the public need more guidance about where nuclear power in the United States appears to be headed in light of the economic hurdles confronting construction of nuclear power plants, aging reactors, and a graying workforce, according to a report made public today by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and Washington and Lee University.

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Radiological Terrorism and Attacks on Nuclear Facilities

Today I gave two presentations to Brookhaven National Laboratory on the topics of radiological terrorism and attacks on nuclear facilities such as nuclear power plants. These presentations were for a course of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear policy given this month at the laboratory. The course is part of the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

 

View the presentations here:
Radiological Terrorism
Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Policy

FAS Conference Call: A Conversation With An Expert

Listen to an FAS Conference Call: “A Conversation With An Expert”, that I recently had with FAS members. The conference call took place on November 4, 2010. The discussion centered around my recent article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, titled “Next customer, please: The risk in conventional arms sales along with nuclear energy deals.” You can look for this article in the November/December BAS edition. FAS members and I discuss certain nuclear energy deals that could result in changing security perceptions and alliances.

Please give me your feedback! I will reply here to your questions and comments about the conference call and my article.

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