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Federation of American Scientists

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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.

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FAS has a long and honorable history of working for peace, especially controlling the threat of nuclear weapons -- going clear back to the Manhattan Project.