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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arms Control & Peace, International, International Peace & Security

Mission: The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) provides science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security. Specifically, FAS works to reduce the spread and number of nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism, promote high standards for nuclear energy’s safety and security, illuminate government secrecy practices, as well as prevent the use of biological and chemical weapons. Founded in November 1945, as the Federation of Atomic Scientists, by scientists who built the first atomic bombs during the Manhattan Project, FAS is devoted to the belief that scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure that the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind. In early 1946, FAS rebranded as the Federation of American Scientists to broaden its network of supporters to include all caring citizens like you who want to reduce the risks to humanity from global catastrophes.

Target demographics: make the world a safer, more informed place — through science.

Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C.

Programs: Nuclear Information Project, Project on Government Secrecy, Sustainable Energy and International Security, Biosecurity, and Science Diplomacy.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I joined FSA because they were working for arms control; in particular the control of nuclear weapons. They are still very active in this area. They are also concerned with biosecurity. They have been working with emerging technologies and building teaching games and simulations for students. Some of these simulations are quite amazing. They have one on circulation. They get the input of scientists in order to make the simulations as scientifically accurate as possible. They have also been working with new building technology, especially with respect to inexpensive earthquake proof buildings. They are build several of these building in the earthquake zones in Turkey for proof of concept.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The FAS has a remarkable record of working on important policy issues way before they become "hot" in the media--for example, the Small Arms project and the Government Secrecy project. Their analyses are top-notch and balanced.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

FAS' intelligence blog is one of the best in the business -- it was critical to our business' success, by finding underreported stories and bringing them to light.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am not a "joiner," but I felt that the FAS has done an exceptional job of dealing with the critical issues of our time that I would make an exception. Other organizations of scientists have been co-opted by people with poltical agendas, sometimes to the point of being run by individuals who are not even scientists. I am happy to participate in the FAS.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The FAS has been a significant force in maintaining awareness of the potentially catastrophic misuse of nuclear weapons by governments or terrorists. It has maintained communications with scientists all over the world, even when diplomatic relations are difficult. More reecently, efforts have expanded to other WMD, specifically the control of potential bio-weapons. Because of the diverse expertise of its members, FAS has also supported advanced research in applying digital technology to science education, and applying science to the development of superior low cost construction materials for housing. While the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons has not yet been achieved, FAS has been instrumental in convincing governments not to use nuclear weapons in conflict situations.