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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a member of FAS about 3 years now. During that period, FAS did a great job keeping it's members up-to-date about happenings in the field of Science and Technology. Often supplying links with it's newsletter, FAS provides pointers to interesting projects, websites as well as other organizations where we can lend a hand to make the world a much better place. on top of that FAS hosts great discussions as well as useful Podcasts which is invaluable in enhancing awareness among its members as well as among general public. I will continue to be a part of the FAS in the future and do what i can in my ability to help the FAS's worthwhile cause.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shortly after the dramatic but mixed end of World War II, with the tragic (and unnecessary) bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I discovered FAS and joined. From the beginning, it has been in a special position to help educate the public about the catastrophic dangers of nuclear weapons, which persist to this day. Now, with other world disasters looming all around, competing for attention, FAS does a great job of maintaining a primary focus on the fact that our nuclear armament holds in balance what Jonathan Schell so well called The Fate of the Earth. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity