Search Results

FAS Roundup: July 23, 2012

New online debate series, history of Soviet biological weapons program, India's nuclear arsenal and much more. FAS Launches New Online Feature: "Up for Debate" FAS launched its new online debate series, "Up for Debate." Every two weeks, the feature will highlight a new science and security issue to be discussed by experts and leaders from academia, government and policy. In the first debate, Dr. Mark Raizen from the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Francis Slakey from the American Physical Society debate the benefits and risks of laser isotope separation. Is the promise of tapping into the rare isotopes of the elements worth risking the threat of nuclear proliferation? "Up For Debate" welcomes your suggestions for questions and experts. Please email your ideas for debates, as well as individuals whose insights you'd like to read to pir@fas.org. To view the debate and learn more about the Up for Debate series click here.   From the Blogs The History of the Soviet Biological Weapons Program: In 1972, the United States, the Soviet Union and other nations signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention that was supposed to ban biological weapons.  At that very time, however, the Soviet Union was embarking on a massive expansion of its offensive biological weapons program, which began in the 1920s and continued under the Russian Federation at least into the 1990s. Steven Aftergood writes about the new encyclopedic work,  “The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History” by Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas, which tells the story of the Soviet biological weapons program. New Army Doctrine Seeks to Minimize Civilian Casualties: Both as a matter of humanitarian principle and as sound military strategy, U.S. military forces should strive to minimize civilian casualties in military operations, according to new U.S. Army doctrine published on Wednesday obtained by Secrecy News. “In their efforts to defeat enemies, Army units and their partners must ensure that they are not creating even more adversaries in the process,” the new publication states.

Read more

FAS Roundup – May 29, 2020

Top Scientists Urge Resupply of National Medical Stockpile Nine top scientists who advised President Obama are warning that the US has just three months to rebuild its national stockpile…

Read more

FAS Roundup – June 5, 2020

The Federation of American Scientists’ global fight for peace and security means we must redouble our efforts at home to combat institutional racism and police brutality. You can read …

Read more

FAS Roundup – August 28, 2020

Navigating travel during coronavirus Is it safe to fly? Are airlines listening to scientists’ concerns? Hear FAS President Ali Nouri on …

Read more

National Biodefense Science Board Meeting

On June 18, 2008 the National Biodefense Science Board held their second meeting. The NBSB was created under the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act and was established to…

Read more

Iran: Politics, and More from CRS

Has the U.S. adopted a policy of regime change towards Iran? Government officials have sent different signals at different times. In 2006, President George W. Bush called…

Read more