Federation of American Scientists

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  • Defense Support of Civil Authorities: Overview

    fas.org 16 Aug '16, 12am

    The conditions under which U.S. military capabilities can be brought to bear in domestic civilian affairs are explained in a new three –volume manual published last week by the Department of Defense. As a rule, DoD intervention comes “in response to a request for assistance from civil...

  • Navy Builds Underground Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility; Seattle Busses Carry Warning - Federation Of American Scientists

    fas.org 27 Jun '16, 12pm

    Seattle busses warn of largest nuclear weapons base. Click image to see full size. By Hans M. Kristensen The US Navy has quietly built a new $294 million underground nuclear weapons storage complex at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), a high-security base in Washington ...

  • Dozens of Leak Referrals Sent to DoJ Each Year

    fas.org 25 Jul '16, 1pm

    The Department of Justice said last week that it received dozens of “crimes reports” concerning unauthorized disclosures of classified information each year for most of the past several years, although only 18 such referrals were made in 2015. In a July 20 response to a Freedom of Inf...

  • Number of New Secrets in 2015 Near Historic Low

    fas.org 29 Jul '16, 2pm

    The production of new national security secrets dropped precipitously in the last five years and remained at historically low levels last year, according to a new annual report released today by the Information Security Oversight Office . There were 53,425 new secrets (“original class...

  • Improved Coordination of HUMINT Collection Sought

    fas.org 18 Jul '16, 3pm

    The Director of National Intelligence issued — and last week published — a pair of Intelligence Community Directives (here and here ) that aim to improve the coordination of human intelligence collection for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The directives are int...

  • Titles of All 2015 CRS Reports Published

    fas.org 29 Jul '16, 1pm

    An internal congressional edition of the 2015 annual report of the Congressional Research Service includes a helpful listing of the titles of all CRS reports and other products that were issued in 2015 (at pp. 47-124). The availability of such a list makes it possible to identify and ...

  • Knowing the Enemy: DoD Identity Activities

    fas.org 23 Aug '16, 2pm

    The Department of Defense is devoting increased attention to what it calls “identity activities,” which seek to identify individuals who may pose a threat on or off the battlefield. “Identity activities are a collection of functions and actions that appropriately recognize and differe...

  • Seeking Verifiable Destruction of Nuclear Warheads

    fas.org 20 Jul '16, 5pm

    A longstanding conundrum surrounding efforts to negotiate reductions in nuclear arsenals is how to verify the physical destruction of nuclear warheads to the satisfaction of an opposing party without disclosing classified weapons design information. Now some potential new solutions to...