Public Interest Reports

FAS’s online, quarterly science and security journal featuring articles by members of the FAS network on issues related to foreign policy and national security.

For prior issues of the FAS Public Interest Report from 1946-2005 see the PIR archive.



UAVs: An (unexploited) Seller’s Market

by Michael Bodner Today, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”), are an ever-present entity in both political discourse and the skies above countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Unmanned aerial…

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In Memoriam

Andrew Marienhoff Sessler Editor’s Note: This article[ref]Article available online here:[/ref]originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Physics Today; it can also be accessed online. Dr. Sessler…

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The Fallacy of Proven and Adaptable Defenses

by Rebecca Slayton It is currently U.S. policy to deploy missile defenses that are “proven, cost-effective, and adaptable.” As outlined in the 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review, proven means “extensive testing…

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