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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
September / October 2002
Volume 55, Number 5
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Behind the Prospect of War with Iraq: The New U.S. National Security Strategy

by Carl Kaysen, John D. Steinbruner, Martin B. Malin
On September 17, 2002, the White House, under cover of a letter from President Bush, issued a thirty-page document entitled "The National Security Strategy of the United States." Before implementing this new strategy by going to war with Iraq, a clear accounting of the costs, consequences, and alternatives to that action is urgently needed. More...

Fire in the Hole

Do the military advantages gained by development of new nuclear weapons offset the massive political liabilities of their use? To help answer that question, we explore the military abilities development of new nuclear weapons might deliver, and compare them with what might be obtained by aggressive pursuit of non-nuclear capabilities. More...

Non-Lethal Chemical and
Biological Weapons

Given the new technologies that are promoting the rapid emergence of non-lethal chemical and biological agents and their horrendous potential for abuse, it would be a wise move to nip the development of these weapons in the bud. More...

Leaving a Legacy of Peace

FAS Mailing Mystery Solved

Nuclear Security Legislative Update

by Jaime Yassif

The past year has seen a flurry of congressional action on nonproliferation programs. Funds appropriated this fall as part of the 2002 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill will help secure dangerous radiological materials domestically, while the 2003 Defense Authorization Bill will address international nuclear and radiological materials security issues, as well as the US nuclear posture. More...

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Honoring Phil Morrison
March 12, 2003
The Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA

Will feature a debate between two prominent scientists from industry, academe or government

Call or email Sharon Gleason at ([email protected] or 202.454.4680) for details and to sign up.