Capitol Hill Briefing: Pakistan
Growing Terrorist Threat to Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal
New FAS Report Identifies Pakistani Neo-Taliban as Terrorist Group Most Capable of Acquiring Nuclear Weapons
On June 29, Charles P. Blair, director of the Terrorism Analysis Project, released a new FAS report on why the Pakistani Neo-Taliban is the most worrisome terrorist group capable of acquiring nuclear weapons. Joining Mr. Blair will be Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project. Mr. Kristensen will discuss developments in Pakistan's production of fissile materials and nuclear weapons.
The discovery and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan raises troubling questions. The success of the U.S.'s airborne raid on bin Laden's compound-undetected by Pakistan's radar- lends credence to the belief that terrorists might be capable of successfully seizing Pakistan's nuclear weapons.
Blair authored Anatomizing Non-State Threats to Pakistan's Nuclear Infrastructure: The Pakistani Neo-Taliban, which addressed the security gap and identified specific terrorists within Pakistan that are motivated and potentially capable of taking Pakistani nuclear assets. Blair explained in the report details why, amid Pakistan's burgeoning civil war, the Pakistani Neo-Taliban is the most worrisome terrorist group motivated and possibly capable of acquiring nuclear weapons.
The forthcoming Nuclear Notebook, published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, reviewed the status of Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal and fissile material production and capabilities. Kristensen discussed the FAS estimate of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, which has proven to be close to classified U.S. government estimates.
Charles D. Ferguson, President of the Federation of American Scientists
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
12:00 p.m. – Registration and Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Briefing
1:00 p.m. -- Questions and Discussion
Where: Hunan Dynasty
215 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Nearest Metro Station: Capitol South