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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
Summer 2004
Volume 57, Number 3
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FAS Plans Learning Game to Train First Responders

Emergency responders must be trained to deal with a wide variety of scenarios – a “dirty bomb” attack, detonations of chemical or biological weapons, or even high explosive bombs like those that killed 191 people in Madrid. In its report Training Technology Against Terror, FAS outlined a coherent national approach to this urgent problem and highlighted the fact that only with new information technologies can we meet the need. More...

The Hype About Hydrogen

Hydrogen cars are being hyped today as few technologies have ever been, but barring major scientific breakthroughs they will remain inferior to the best clean cars available today, gasoline-electric hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, in cost, range, annual fueling bill, convenience, and safety. More...

Congress Cools on New Nukes

The administration’s drive for new nuclear weapons funding got considerable national press attention last year, when both houses ultimately gave approval. Curiously, there was less media coverage of this year’s battles over the fiscal year 2005 requests for new nukes. More...

Senate Committee Forgoes Action on Crucial Small Arms Treaty

Despite earlier signs that the U.S. government was finally ready to pursue ratification of the Organization of American States Firearms Convention, the Senate Foreign Relations committee recently confirmed that it plans no action on the Convention this year. More...

Space Assets Can Be Protected Without Space Weapons

In December of 2002, the Federation of American Scientists assembled a panel of scientists and engineers, including academics and former high-level government officials, to assess the threats to U.S. military and civilian space assets over the next five to ten years and to determine the best method to counter these threats. The final report of the panel’s findings is scheduled to be released to the public this summer. More...

Secrecy Project and the Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal

The FAS Secrecy Project continued to push for greater openness where disclosure is legitimate. In early May when shocking images of U.S. personnel at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison abusing Iraqi prisoners burst into public view, the Secrecy Project was among those pressing for full disclosure of the internal Army report on the matter. More...

Kelly Calls for Private Sector Investment in IT Learning R&D

While it is possible that fuel cells may eventually be less expensive and more efficient than diesels, it may take a decade or more to develop a commercial fuel cell system that even matches today’s diesel performance – let alone cost. More...

Diesel Hybrids: Back to the Future?

by Henry Kelly

The United States spends about a trillion dollars a year on education and training. But it has remained almost completely innocent of the computer and connectivity-driven revolution that has revolutionized service quality and increased efficiency almost everywhere else. More...

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