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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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FAS Roundup: June 4, 2012

Congress will allow Energy Department to reclassify nuke info, new biosecurity podcast and much more. From the Blogs Congress Will Allow Energy Department to Reclassify Nuke Info: Steven Aftergood writes that Congress is poised to amend the Atomic Energy Act to allow certain nuclear weapons-related information that is classified as Formerly Restricted Data (FRD) to be restored to the Restricted Data (RD) category. FRD and RD are both classified under the Atomic Energy Act, but FRD generally pertains to the utilization of nuclear weapons, whereas RD mostly deals with nuclear weapons design information. Declassification of the Historical Backlog: The total number of pages of government records that were reviewed for declassification last year, as well as the number that were actually declassified, declined slightly from the year before, according to the 2011 annual report from the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) that was published on May 29, 2012. Hot Tuna: In 2011, after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, there was significant concern regarding the spread of radioactive material. A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to suggest that Pacific bluefin tuna transported Fukushima-derived radionuclides across the entire North Pacific Ocean. Move to Declassify FISA Court Rulings Yields No Results: An initiative that was started two years ago to declassify significant rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding domestic intelligence surveillance has produced no declassified records, a Justice Department official confirmed last week. In response to complaints about the rise of “secret law,” the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence established a new process in 2010 to declassify opinions of the FISA Courts (including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as well as the FIS Court of Review) that contained “important rulings of law.”

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FAS Roundup – October 22, 2018

Op-ed: Synthetic biology and the new culture of responsibility FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri and Shahram Seyedin-Noor co-authored an op-ed for synthetic biology…

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FAS Roundup – Nuclear Posture Review Edition

FAS’ always-updated Nuclear Posture Review Resource provides clarity and context for President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), including analysis from FAS and other experts, breakdowns of past NPRs…

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FAS Roundup – August 16, 2016

In Case You Missed It FAS President featured in The Atlantic‘s cover story Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, president of FAS, was featured in journalist Steve Brill’s yearlong investigation of…

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FAS Roundup – March 27, 2021

Big Tech CEOs Questioned About Fighting Disinformation With AI by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Last week, Congress asked big tech…

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FAS Roundup – December 16, 2019

Conventional Deterrence of North Korea In a brand new report, Adam Mount explains how rapid technological and doctrinal advancements on both sides of the…

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