The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists extends its congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Standish Norris for 31 years of exceptional service. Norris is retiring from his duties as co-author of the Nuclear Notebook, the Bulletin’s authoritative accounting of world nuclear arsenals, compiled by top experts from the Federation of American Scientists.
Stan Norris has been researching and preparing the Bulletin’s Nuclear Notebook data from the very beginning, when the effort was known as the Nuclear Weapons Databook series and the research team resided at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Norris became a senior fellow at FAS in 2011 and has continued to co-author the Nuclear Notebook along with Hans Kristensen, who joined the Notebook research team in 2001. “Stan Norris has a real legacy—the lessening of secrecy around the world’s nuclear arsenals,” Bulletin Editor-in-Chief John Mecklin said. “The world is safer—nuclear war is less likely—for the work he and Hans have done—work that the Bulletin and I greatly appreciate.”
Although we will miss Stan enormously, we are delighted to welcome Matt Korda to the Bulletin/FAS Nuclear Notebook team. Korda is a research associate for the Nuclear Information Project at FAS who previously worked for the Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO HQ in Brussels. His article, “Canada’s misguided debate on North Korea’s missiles,” was written with Andrea Berger and published in the Bulletin in December, 2017.
The Nuclear Notebook is published 6 times a year in the Bulletin’s subscription magazine. The Notebook is always free-access, and the archive of all Nuclear Notebook columns can be found here. Read the latest Notebook column, “Pakistani nuclear forces, 2018.” The next installment will be published the first week in November and will focus on “Indian nuclear forces, 2018.”