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FAS Roundup: June 28, 2016

Hans Kristensen Granted SIPRI Fellowship Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project, has been appointed as an Associate Senior Fellow of SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).

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Nuclear Energy Conference Call for FAS Members

One of the benefits of being an FAS member is gaining access to special events, like conference calls, webcasts, and live chats, with FAS experts. I cordially invite FAS Members to a conference call this Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 2:00 PM EDT. The launching off point will be my forthcoming article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, titled, "Next customer, please: The risk in conventional arms sales along with nuclear energy deals." I will speak about my evaluation of certain nuclear energy deals that could result in changing the security perceptions and shifting security alliances. The conference call will last 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of Q&A. You may submit questions for the conference call in advance by replying to this post.

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FAS Roundup – January 28, 2019

The Rise of NGOs: What Cheap and Available Imagery Means for Monitoring and Advocacy FAS’ Pia Ulrich and Christopher Bidwell, along with John Lauder, Harvey…

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FAS Roundup – April 3, 2017

As announced last week, Dr. John P. Holdren, former President Obama’s science advisor, will join fellow senior scientists and engineers, Dr. Richard Meserve and Dr. Rodney Wilson, at…

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FAS Roundup- December 26, 2011

FAS Roundup: December 26, 2011 New CRS reports, letter to President Obama regarding Iran, U.S. electric power grid vulnerability to severe weather  and much more.   From the Blogs Congress Approves 2012 Intelligence Authorization: Steven Aftergood writes that before the House and Senate passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, there was a conspicuous absence of public debate on any issue of intelligence policy. No dissenting views were expressed.  Nor was there any discussion of or insight into current intelligence controversies. U.S. Arms Sales and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained new CRS reports regarding arms sales and Pakistan.  JASON on Severe Space Weather and the Electric Grid: The U.S. electric power grid is vulnerable to damage from severe electromagnetic solar storms and remedial measures should be taken to reduce that vulnerability, a new study from the JASON scientific advisory panel concluded. Libya and War Powers: Steven Aftergood writes that the U.S. government acknowledges that U.S. military forces were involved in “armed conflict” this year in Libya, but it does not acknowledge that they were engaged in “hostilities.”

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FAS Roundup- November 21, 2011

FAS Roundup: November 21, 2011 Interview with former Iranian nuclear negotiator Amb. Hossein Mousavian, petition to assess nuclear threat, stalled declassification of historical satellite imagery, status of China's nuclear forces, and more. From the Blogs Declassification of Intelligence Satellite Imagery Stalled: The eagerly awaited declassification of vast amounts of historical intelligence satellite imagery that was supposed to occur this year did not take place, and it is unknown when or if it might go forward. Earlier this year, government officials had all but promised that the declassification and release of miles of satellite imagery film was imminent. But it didn’t happen. Why not? Pre-Publication Review as a Secrecy Battleground: Steven Aftergood writes that the Obama Administration’s uncompromising approach to punishing “leaks” of classified information has been widely noted. But its handling of pre-publication review disputes with former intelligence agency employees who seek to publish their work has been no less combative. A New Intelligence Org on Climate Change is Needed, DSB Says: According to a new report from the Defense Science Board (DSB), the U.S. intelligence community needs an organization that can assess the impacts of climate change on U.S. national security interests in an open and collaborative manner. The CIA already has a Center on Climate Change and National Security. So why would the Intelligence Community need an entirely new organization to address the exact same set of issues? CIA Sees “Little Likelihood” of Finding Docs on Secrecy Reform: The Fundamental Classification Guidance Review (FCGR) was ordered by President Obama in his December 2009 executive order 13526 (section 1.9) as a systematic effort to eliminate obsolete or unnecessary classification requirements.  It is the Obama administration’s primary response to the problem of over-classification, and it has already achieved some limited results at the Department of Defense and elsewhere. That being said, it can’t possibly work if agencies don’t implement it. And so far there is no sign of the mandatory implementation at CIA.

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