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FAS Roundup- November 28, 2011

FAS Roundup: November 28, 2011 New CRS reports, petition to assess nuclear threat, Take Action blog featuring Iran's nuclear program and more.  From the Blogs New CRS Reports: Secrecy News has obtained new reports from the Congressional Research Service; topics of these reports include: U.S. government programs to identify and deport criminal aliens and the U.S. government's response to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal paramilitary group in Uganda. Take Action- Iran's Nuclear Program: For the past decade, the Iranian nuclear program has been a point of stringent contention among the members of the international community, particularly between Western nations and Iran. Visit the Take Action Blog and learn about FAS's  recommendations for a peaceful solution to this conflict. Leak Prosecutions Inch Forward: The three ongoing prosecutions under the Espionage Act of individuals who allegedly “leaked” classified information to the press are slowly moving forward. Steven Aftergood writes about the cases of Jeffrey A. Sterling, (former CIA officer who is accused of leaking classified information to author James Risen), Army Private Bradley Manning, (the suspected WikiLeaks source), and Stephen Kim, former State Department contractor accused of leaking classified information to Fox News reporter James Rosen.

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FAS Roundup – February 21, 2020

US sets sights on Harvard professor and universities over Chinese funding amid heightened fear of IP leaks “We’re hearing a lot of complaints from US researchers that few…

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FAS Roundup – March 13, 2020

Nuclear notebook: Russian nuclear forces, 2020 Russia is in the middle of a decades-long modernization of its strategic and nonstrategic nuclear forces to replace Soviet-era weapons with newer systems.

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FAS Roundup – March 20, 2020

How the U.S. Must Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic For Scientific American, Ali Nouri, FAS president and co-chair of the National Academies’ New Voices initiative, makes the case for collaboration…

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FAS Roundup: December 9, 2013

Radioactive theft in Mexico, 3D printing of guns and  more. From the Blogs White House Sets New Goals for Open Government: On December 6, the White House released a new plan which affirms its support for open government values, and set an agenda for the remainder of the current Administration.  A new interagency Classification Review Committee is being established with White House leadership to evaluate proposals for classification reform, and to coordinate their implementation throughout the executive branch. The creation of such a body was the primary recommendation of the Public Interest Declassification Board last year, and it was strongly endorsed by public interest groups. Radioactive Theft in Mexico: What a Thief Doesn't Know Can Kill Him: While the theft of a truck carrying radioactive cobalt made international headlines, this was unfortunately not the first time thieves have exposed themselves or others to lethal radiation. Because cobalt is a solid metal, it is hard to disperse, even with explosives. Yet, this incident reiterates the need for better controls on highly radioactive sources. FAS president Charles Ferguson writes that there needs to be more effective means of tracking shipments, training of response forces, developing replacement technologies for phasing out dispersible sources, and increasing government cooperation in sharing intelligence information about threats to radioactive materials of security concern.

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FAS Roundup-November 14, 2011

FAS Roundup: November 14, 2011 Dispute over nuclear weapons program costs, IAEA Iran report analysis, new documentary on anthrax, terrorist threat to Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and more. From the Blogs New Air Force policy directive on "Directive Energy Weapons" and letter from Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) to President Obama asking to expedite the declassification of U.S. intelligence documents pertaining to Argentina’s so-called “dirty war” during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to the mid-1980s. Dispute over Cost of Nuclear Weapons Program:  Steven Aftergood investigates the radically different estimates of cost of the U.S. nuclear program presented by members of Congress in the past few weeks. The disparate estimates, which vary by hundreds of billions of dollars, reflect a lack of consensus about how to properly assess the cost of nuclear weapons.

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FAS Roundup – April 2, 2018

Dr. ADAM MOUNT, Senior Fellow & Director of the FAS Defense Posture Project, spoke with MSNBC to discuss U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton’s “dangerous”…

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FAS Roundup – March 26, 2018

FAS is pleased to introduce the Defense Posture Project (directed by Senior Fellow Dr. Adam Mount) and welcome aboard: Ankit Panda (Adjunct Senior Fellow)…

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