FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
Summer 2003
Volume 56, Number 2
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Nuclear Terror: Ambling Toward Apocalypse

by Steven Weinberg
If terrorists succeeded in exploding a nuclear weapon in one of our cities, it would kill so many people and do so much damage that it would make September 11 look like an ordinary working day, but it would not destroy our country. Only one thing could do that: a mistaken attack on our country by the huge Russian arsenal of nuclear weapons. More...


The Afghan Housing Crisis: Can New Technology Make a Difference?

Millions of Afghans facing the coming winter still live in temporary camps or camp in the shells of ruined buildings. Living in temporary housing, with little privacy and unhealthy conditions, many Afghans have not been able to escape the trauma of their protracted wartime environment. More...

Congress Permits Research on Smaller Nuclear Weapons

The Administration's statements on nuclear strategy point toward a robust nuclear posture that includes at least the possibility of using nuclear weapons in disarming first strikes against chemical and biological weapon stockpiles. More...


Molecular Manufacturing: Start Planning

Despite claims to the contrary, molecular nanotechnology manufacturing is coming soon. This advance may profoundly affect economics and geopolitics, creating enormous benefits and risks. It will be difficult to prepare adequately for such a powerful technology. For all these reasons, molecular nanotechnology should be a current topic in high-level policy and planning. More...

Progress Report for FAS Learning Technology Initiatives

FAS initiatives in the area of educational technology research and development include the Learning Federation and the Digital Promise, two projects that are promoting solutions to problems associated with under-investment. More...


Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Arms Exports

Read excerpts from a new joint publication of FAS' Arms Sales Monitoring Project and the Center for Defense Information outlining the myths that have been used to justify a relaxation of export controls, presents the potential risks of recent or potential changes to export controls, and suggests ways to strengthen the export control system. More...

How Well did TOPOFF2 Prepare Us?

The Department of Homeland Security conducted a simulated dirty bomb attack on Seattle as part of its TOPOFF 2 exercise. The exercise has been lauded by public officials for providing valuable lessons, but criticized by others who claimed that it was too scripted and too costly. More...

21st-Century Physics: Grand Challenges

by C. Kumar Patel and Izzat Jarudi

At the beginning of a new century, the field of physics continues to have the potential to transform the rest of science and society. Our work can lead to tremendous gains in terms of scientific progress and societal welfare if we effectively confront a number of grand challenges that lie before the physics community in the coming decades. More...

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