Public Interest Report

The Journal for Science and Security

Winter 2013 - Volume 66 Number 1

New FAS Reports

  • Sanctions, Military Strikes and Other Potential Actions Against Iran: Anticipating Impacts on the Global Economy (PDF; November 2012): The escalating confrontation between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program has triggered much debate about what actions should be taken to ensure that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. Yet this debate has focused primarily on the immediate impacts on Iran’s nuclear program and thereby left many questions about broader effects underexplored. FAS assessed the global economic impact on a variety of conflict scenarios, sanctions and other alternative actions against Iran in a study conducted by Mr. Charles Blair, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats, and Mr. Mark Jansson, Special Projects Director.
  • Trimming Nuclear Excess (December 2012): The United States and Russia have significantly reduced their nuclear arsenals since the end of the Cold War. The U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile has declined from more than 19,000 in 1991 to approximately 4,650 today. Russia and the United States currently hold more than 90 percent of the world’s total inventory of nuclear warheads. In the FAS Special Report, Trimming Nuclear ExcessMr. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, discusses options for how the United States and Russia can continue to reduce nuclear forces.

Issue Brief: Japan and Nonproliferation (PDF)

  • Ms. Kazuko Goto, Research Fellow of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of the Government of Japan, writes of Japan’s advancement of nuclear technologies which simultaneously benefits international nonproliferation policies in an issue brief (PDF) released in December 2012.

Research Note: Accessories for Small Arms and Light Weapons (PDF)

  • FAS Senior Analyst Mr. Matt Schroeder provides an overview of accessories for small arms and light weapons, including weapons sights, night vision devices, aiming lasers, laser rangefinders, and fire-control systems in a new Research Note (PDF) published by the Small Arms Survey.

New Board Members

  • FAS is pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors. Dr. Stephen Hamblen, President of Fairview Builders LLC, and Dr. Lisa Porter, Senior Vice President at Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, were elected in November 2012.

End of Year Giving Raised Record Amount

  • Thank you to all who donated to FAS’s 2012 end of year campaign. With your support we raised over $184,000! We greatly appreciate your continued support to create a safer and more secure world.