Nonpartisan Nuclear Verification Capabilities Independent Task Force

Project Mission

The nonpartisan Nuclear Verification Capabilities Independent Task Force was convened by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to examine the technical and policy requirements for verifying a nuclear agreement with Iran. The Task Force published its first report in September 2014, outlining suggested requirements for monitoring and verifying a nuclear agreement with Iran. In its second report from August 2015, the Task Force outlined six achievable steps for implementation of an effective verification regime for the agreement with Iran. Although the Task Force was one of several groups making outside recommendations, several of the recommendations from our first two reports are similar to elements that have become part of the implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement. The third (and latest) report examines nuclear monitoring and verification in the digital age, providing key recommendations for the future thereof, including the establishment of a network of independent verification centers.

All in all, the Task Force members conferred with over 50 experts in the arms control, nonproliferation, verification, international law, and security fields, and considered their inputs in making these recommendations. We thank each of them for their contributions. The members of the Task Force would also like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its generous funding of this project.

To view the complete list of recommendations from all three reports, visit here.


Nuclear Monitoring and Verification in the Digital Age: Seven Recommendations for Improving the Process

(Third Report)

Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

(Second Report)

Verification Requirements for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

(First Report)

Working Papers

Remote Sensing Analysis for Arms Control and Disarmament Verification

by Melissa Hanham & Jeffrey Lewis

Tracking Proliferation through Trade Data

by Valerie Lincy & Matt Godsey of the Wisconsin Project

Leveraging Overhead Imagery Capabilities in the Nonprofit Sector through Analytics-as-a-Service and Machine Learning

by Pia Ulrich

Social Media Use Worldwide


Useful Resources

Weapons of Mass Destruction: How to set up an Inspection Regime How to conduct WMD Inspections

by Jørn Siljeholm, General Rapporteur, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs