UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 2007 > Feb > Feb 9

Secrecy News -- 02/08/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 12:29:53 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 07:27:00 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 02/08/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 15
February 8, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

Support Secrecy News:
http://www.fas.org/static/contrib_sec.jsp


**	RELIABLE REPLACEMENT WARHEAD TO BE ADOPTED AS US STRATEGY
**	MORE FROM CRS
**	VARIOUS RESOURCES


RELIABLE REPLACEMENT WARHEAD TO BE ADOPTED AS US STRATEGY
 The interagency Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) has formally
decided to endorse the proposed Reliable Replacement Warhead
(RRW) concept as the basis of the future U.S. nuclear arsenal, a
new report from the Congressional Research Service revealed.

In November 2006, "the NWC determined that the RRW is to be
adopted as the strategy for maintaining a long term safe, secure
and reliable nuclear deterrent," the CRS report stated, quoting
from new Department of Energy budget documents (at page CRS-26).

It is a momentous decision on which Congress might be expected
to weigh in.

Not only that, but RRW development will be funded at the expense
of existing nuclear weapons programs, budget documents say,
"through reductions in resources required to support legacy
weapons" (at page CRS-27)

Defunding work to extend the functional lifetime of existing
weapons would tend to foreclose efforts to avoid new nuclear
weapons development.

According to a CRS calculation (and subject to future
adjustments), the projected budget for the RRW program from FY
2008-2012 would be $725.1 million, including NNSA and Navy
funds.

The Congressional Research Service does not release its
publications directly to the public. A copy of the new report
was obtained by Secrecy News and posted on the Federation of
American Scientists web site.

See "Nuclear Weapons: The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program,"
updated February 8, 2007

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL32929.pdf


MORE FROM CRS

Some other noteworthy new reports from the Congressional
Research Service that are not readily available in the public
domain include these.

"Freedom of Information Act Amendments: 110th Congress," updated
February 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL32780.pdf

"Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy and
Implementation," updated January 8, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL30153.pdf

"Earthquakes: Risk, Monitoring, Notification, and Research,"
February 2, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33861.pdf


VARIOUS RESOURCES

It is the policy of the United States to develop medical
countermeasures that could be used in response to an attack
involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons,
according to a new Homeland Security Presidential Directive
(HSPD-18) issued by President Bush on Medical Countermeasures
Against Weapons of Mass Destruction:

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/hspd-18.html

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would
"prohibit the use of funds to carry out any covert action for
the purpose of causing regime change in Iran or to carry out any
military action against Iran in the absence of an imminent
threat...":

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hr770.html

The U.S. Navy says that its declassification programs are on
track to meet all current and future milestones, according to a
January 24, 2007 briefing to the Secretary of the Navy
Declassification Oversight Committee:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/dod/navy012407.pdf

The American Library Association is seeking nominations for its
James Madison Award, presented to "individuals or groups that
have championed, protected, and promoted public access to
government information and the public's right to know." See:

http://tinyurl.com/2kn6qr

Ulysses, a joint NASA-European Space Agency spacecraft launched
in 1990, passed beneath the south pole of the Sun yesterday (at
a distance of 200 million miles). See:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release07-012



_______________________________________________
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
Federation of American Scientists.

To SUBSCRIBE to Secrecy News, send email to
secrecy_news-request.nul
with "subscribe" in the body of the message.

OR email your request to saftergood.nul

Secrecy News is archived at:
http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/index.html

Secrecy News is available in blog format at:
http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

SUPPORT Secrecy News with a donation here:
http://www.fas.org/static/contrib_sec.jsp

_______________________
Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
web:  www.fas.org/sgp/index.html
email: saftergood.nul
voice: (202) 454-4691



[ Next Message | This Day's Messages ]
This Month's Index |

UFO UpDates Main Index

UFO UpDates - Toronto - Operated by Errol Bruce-Knapp


Archive programming by Glenn Campbell at Glenn-Campbell.com