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... a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. "In practice, this statement should enable a U.S.-North Korea summit to detail specifics about what, when, and how denuclearization would occur, but it has not offered a head start on that process. All of the negotiation is left to a U.S. team ...
North Korean cheating and US ambivalence has caused the collapse of all previous openings," Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN. Kim's nuclear arsenal. Officials across the world, especially in the United States, will be paying close attention to any specific ...

“This reads more like an arms-control offer from a nuclear nation than an isolated regime coerced into disarmament,” said Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists. “It is a carefully circumscribed statement. It describes a partial cap of North Korea's nuclear and ...
The US Nuclear Posture Reviews (NPR) are the nation's primary statements of nuclear weapons policy, and each has been debated closely. However, the 2018 NPR is unusual in that it has been subject not only to debate about the rectitude of its policies, but also about what those policies actually are.
"It's strange to see the nominee for Secretary of State come and go from Pyongyang without securing the release of the three Americans imprisoned there," said Adam Mount, senior fellow and director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, where he covers US nuclear ...
The US Air Force has published new guidance for training military and civilian personnel to maintain nuclear weapons as a career specialty. See Nuclear Weapons Career Field Education and Training Plan, Department of the Air Force, April 1, 2018. An Air Force nuclear weapons specialist “inspects, ...

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats recently revised a 2012 Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) on “Civil Liberties and Privacy” to address transparency policy, and reissued it as “Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency.” The revised directive ICD 107 states that “the DNI is committed to ...
Beijing "is reasserting itself, and looking to shape the agenda for the upcoming summits," says Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists. Division between Beijing and Pyongyang was a major asset to Trump's pressure campaign. So strengthening those ties would weaken Trump's hand in ...
As a footnote, there are an estimated 14,200 nuclear weapons in the world, according to the Federation of American Scientists. Russia has the largest number at 6,600 active and retired warheads, just slightly larger than the American total. The rest of the world (France, China, Britain, Pakistan, India, Israel ...
... own summit with North Korea, China has made it clear that it is anything but irrelevant. While South Korea's Moon was in the driver's seat through February and March with North Korea, that period may have come to a close. Ankit Panda is an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists ...
All non-confidential reports of the Congressional Research Service must be made publicly available online through a Government Publishing Office website within 90 to 270 days under a provision of the 2018 omnibus appropriations act that was passed by Congress and signed by the President last week.
These figures were declassified in response to a request from the Federation of American Scientists and were made public yesterday. The declassification of the current size of the US nuclear arsenal was a breakthrough in national security transparency that was accomplished for the first time by the Obama ...
Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, said it was "absolutely right to extend the nuclear and missile test pause" declared by Pyongyang during talks last week with the Seoul government. "It will help repair ties with South Korea and keeps us back from the brink of war.".
Adam Mount, a senior fellow and director of the Defense Posture Project of the Federation of American Scientists, said North Korea could put a reasonable deal on the table that Trump feels unable to accept. That could lead other regional players—and particularly China—to decide that Pyongyang is not ...
In January, the Department of Defense ordered the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) not to publish certain data on areas of Afghanistan that were held by insurgents. “This development is troubling for a number of reasons, not least of which is that this is the first time SIGAR ...
The Soviets are armed. According to data from December 2017 from the Federation of American Scientists, Russia has an estimated inventory of 6,800 nuclear warheads, with 1,710 of them strategically deployed. 1/9. Reuters ...
It then avoids spy satellite tracking and military counter strikes. Hans Kristensen, of the Federation of American Scientists, says the Avengard is an ideal fit for the Sarmat heavy-lift intercontinental ballistic missile. “For obvious reasons we cannot show the outer appearance of this system here,” Mr. Putin said.

In the last Nuclear Posture Review, under the Obama administration in 2010, the number of sites dropped, said Hans Christensen, a nuclear weapons expert with the Federation of American Scientists. Today, the Air Force runs a few bases with bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles in Wyoming, ...
What I get from a book like Schlosser's, a great book, and even decades before that, Fred Kaplan's book, Wizards of Armageddon, and books like Janne Nolan's excellent book, Guardians of the Arsenal, and work by Scott Sagan, and Hans Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists—what I ...
The document included potential nuclear responses to serious non-nuclear attacks, a new sea-launched nuclear cruise missile and the development of smaller, tactical nuclear weapons that experts have warned may make their use in combat more likely. The Federation of American Scientists, one of the ...
The remaining B61 bombs are stored at five other locations in four countries: Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, according to the Federation of American Scientists, which tracks the weapons. The NTI report said it “should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft”. The bombs are ...
Adam Mount, a senior fellow and the director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN that there is a whole range of deals that could meet American interests but "in none of them does Kim Jong Un hand over his nuclear arsenal for nothing but an IOU." "Kim Jong ...
The Congressional Research Service recently updated its report on US nuclear weapons and programs. See U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues by Amy F. Woolf, March 6, 2018. That is also the subject of a new survey prepared by Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S.
The National Archives said last week that it will gather tens of millions of pages of classified historical records from Presidential Libraries around the country and will bring them to Washington, DC for declassification review. “We are making this change to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ...
According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), research into disease pathogens like bubonic plague, anthrax, yellow fever and cholera is also conducted at the National Defense Research Institute and Medical Academy. Civilian medical facilities, including Kim Il-sung University, the Pyongyang ...
America's nuclear arsenal is surprisingly easy to locate, just using Google Earth. As a nuclear weapons expert with the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Christensen knows the handful of locations by heart. He can give a desktop tour of where the US keeps its current weapons using Google Earth.
The remaining B61 bombs are stored at five other locations in four countries: Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, according to the Federation of American Scientists, which tracks the weapons. The NTI report said it “should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft”. The bombs are ...
It's espionage 101: Look for officials who handle secrets but may have secrets of their own they don't want revealed. They're possible blackmail targets. “There's a lack of professionalism here,” says Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
Not so fast, cautions Steven Aftergood, the director of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy. “We're still in year one of the Trump administration and it does take time to build a case, identify a suspect, and make a decision to prosecute,” Aftergood pointed out. In his first year in office, Trump ...
It is less a Pentagon policy document than a memo from a powerful lobby,” wrote Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. “Rather than working to reduce nuclear dangers, the nation's nuclear policy now reflects the reasoning of U.S. adversaries and readily follows them into a ...
In its nuclear arsenal, India already is believed to have 120 to 130 nuclear warheads, compared with China's 270, according to the Federation of American Scientists. Building a deliverable nuclear capacity has been a vital concern to India, until recently as a deterrent to the nation it has long seen as its ...
“The North Koreans tend to act out like this even during periods of quiet to demonstrate their independence and to try to convince us that their nuclear arsenal is beyond limits,” said Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. “It's a clear sign of defiance, and they intend it to be.” ...
Adam Mount, a North Korea expert and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, said any parade would be “a pointless display that will impede the Pentagon's efforts to improve force readiness.” “You expect to see that kind of spectacle in Pyongyang, not in Washington,” he ...
"Though an honest mistake, it will add to friction with Asian allies," according to Adam Mount, a senior fellow and the director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists. "After a year in which the President has insulted and antagonized South Korea, it's just one more log on the ...
Writing in the Bulletin's Nuclear Notebook. Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington, DC, said: “North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has made considerable progress over the years, including a wide variety of ballistic ...
New Delhi (CNN) India has successfully test-fired a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country's Defense Ministry said Thursday. The nuclear-capable Agni-V is believed to be India's most advanced ICBM. It was fired Thursday morning India time from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of ...
Hans Kristensen, a nuclear weapons specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, questions whether the administration is overstating the Russian threat and responding with the right solution. But he said it is clear that Moscow has raised fears in the West by its aggression in Ukraine. "Clearly, the ...
Whether any rapprochement would last much beyond the Games is unclear, especially if the military exercises do take place afterwards. Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists added: "Symbolic actions like Olympic participation and Panmunjom chats mean little on their own and are not worth ...
“Pre-delegation is less of an issue than it has been in long time,” Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists said on Twitter recently. “Strategy trend is to place less emphasis on launch under attack and more on riding out attack. Except perhaps in cyber scenarios. But there's so much smoke ...
There is, however, a Federation of American Scientists, an organization with which a man she said she worked with at the National Federations of Science was once associated. As a federation, the group has conferred honorary degrees upon individuals. The Beachcomber also could not find any record of ...
Citing data from the Federation of American Scientists, ICAN said close to 15,000 nuclear weapons are possessed by the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. “It's disappointing that those nuclear-armed countries are not supportive of the treaty,” lamented ...
Commenting on the Trump NSS in an interview with the Guardian the director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, noted that Trump's "broadening of the nuclear weapons mission against non-nuclear attacks" represents a departure from the stated ...
It matches a lot of rumours we have heard over the past few weeks,” said Hans Kristensen, the director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists. “It's a taste of what will come in the Nuclear Posture Review. What is interesting is the broadening of the nuclear weapons ...
... dismantled as they grew obsolete. Nuclear weapons are also expensive to maintain and Russia had little money to maintain them after the breakup of the USSR. The Free Beacon states that Russia has between 3,300 and 10,000 tactical nuclear weapons. The Federation of American Scientists, however, ...
To understand how unnecessary that is, and what ignorance that statement betrays, turn to an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Federation of American Scientists that looked at the 4,000 active U.S. nuclear warheads (the remainder are set to ...
"North Korea's advancements made it inevitable that Tokyo and Seoul would purchase standoff strike capabilities," Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN in an email. "Standoff missiles will ensure that Japan has a credible response to attacks against its territory, ...
The Russian nuclear modernization program picked up in the 2000s after the economic collapse in the early-1990s and is currently about 60 percent done," Hans M. Kristensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, was quoted as saying in the article.
Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNBC that former Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., had thought about using the rule during his long-running push to release 28 redacted pages from a congressional commission's report on the Sept.
There may be some politics involved in that decision as well, says Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists. The Trump administration is pushing hard for upgrades to America's nuclear arsenal. In his State of the Union address, the president called for making the arsenal "so strong and so ...
Steven Aftergood, director of the government secrecy project at the Federation of American Scientists, said it's too soon to draw conclusions about the Trump administration. "It can sometimes take years for a leak to result in an indictment," Aftergood said. "Aside from that, there are other penalties available ...


 

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