India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140. Free-access.
Extraordinarily fast-paced advance across the full breadth of the world’s scientific and technological enterprise creates a new threat matrix where dangerous technologies may collide—with catastrophic results. Free-access.
One of the most pressing global security problems lies in AI’s destabilizing effects on the nuclear balance of power.
The most profound and long-lasting impact of swarms will be in the way they change command-and-control, that is, the way militaries organize and fight on the battlefield.
Agribusinesses and Silicon Valley startups alike are calling for high-tech solutions—such as gene editing, synthetic biology, and new AI/Big Data applications—that could significantly change the world’s food systems. The long-term consequences are largely unknown.
The effects of climate change stand to heighten nuclear risks in various ways, including by direct impacts on nuclear facilities, exacerbation of political and economic disruption, and diminishment of global institutions.
In this interview, Jenkins talks about her work on arms control and nuclear security, discusses differences between the Obama and Trump administrations, and highlights the scarcity of women and people of color in national security.
A judge who called for a climate tutorial in federal court accepted the science of climate change—but threw out a lawsuit calling for financial reparations from the oil companies for causing these problems. Why? Free-access.
Rapid developments in technology – ranging from gene editing to cognitive manipulation to computer-brain interfaces – are rendering virtually every aspect of human beings contingent and subject to design.
Any verification regime for eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons is likely to involve uncertainty. But a degree of uncertainty might be an acceptable price to pay.
Why some advanced nuclear reactor technologies—funded for their supposed waste management benefits—will actually exacerbate spent fuel disposal issues.
The outlook for further US-Russian arms control is not bright today, but both sides should develop new verification techniques in case unexpected breakthroughs occur.
The authors estimate that the country’s stockpile could realistically grow to 220 to 250 warheads by 2025, if the current trend continues.
The failure of experts and lay people to understand one another has fueled conflict around the clean-up of many sites contaminated by the US nuclear weapons program.
Will the next pandemic pathogen more likely be naturally occurring or engineered?
A detailed look at the methods the International Atomic Energy Agency uses to create a comprehensive picture of a state’s nuclear program.
Through the IPNDV, the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the US State Department are engaging with more than 25 countries to build global verification expertise.
The Trump administration is seeking a significant expansion in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program – a missile defense system on which the United States has already spent some 67 billion. Since the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system was declared, more than 15 years ago, to have achieved initial operational capability, tests of the system have failed more … Continued
In this interview, Garlin Gilchrist II, executive director of the University of Michigan’s new Center for Social Media Responsibility, discusses potential tools for deterring the spread of fake news and rebuilding the public’s trust in reliable sources of news and information. Gilchrist describes how “deep fakes”—audio and video recordings that have been digitally manipulated to … Continued
The Nuclear Notebook is researched and written by Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists, and Robert S. Norris, a senior fellow with the FAS. The Nuclear Notebook column has been published in the since 1987. This issue’s column examines China’s nuclear arsenal, which includes about 280 … Continued