from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2018, Issue No. 56
September 14, 2018

Secrecy News Blog:


The Department of Energy has nuclear weapons facilities in seven states including three laboratories, five component fabrication or materials production plants, one assembly and disassembly site, a geologic waste repository, and one testing facility.

A new report from the Congressional Research Service summarizes operations at each of the sites. See The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex: Overview of Department of Energy Sites, September 6, 2018:

Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

FY2019 Appropriations for the Department of Energy, CRS Insight, updated September 12, 2018:

Efforts to Preserve Economic Benefits of the Iran Nuclear Deal, CRS In Focus, updated September 7, 2018:

The Nordic Countries and U.S. Relations, CRS In Focus, updated September 13, 2018:

Labor Enforcement Issues in U.S. Free Trade Agreements, CRS In Focus, September 7, 2018:

U.S.-Taiwan Trade Relations, CRS In Focus, updated September 11, 2018:

Georgia: Background and U.S. Policy, September 5, 2018:

Costs of Government Interventions in Response to the Financial Crisis: A Retrospective, updated September 12, 2018:

Tax Policy and Disaster Recovery, CRS In Focus, updated September 11, 2018:

National Flood Insurance Program Borrowing Authority, CRS Insight, updated September 10, 2018:

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Reinsurance, and Catastrophe Bonds, CRS Insight, September 11, 2018:

Senate Confirmation Votes on U.S. Supreme Court Nominations: Overview, CRS Insight, September 13, 2018:

Craft Alcoholic Beverage Industry: Overview and Regulation, CRS In Focus, September 7, 2018:

3D-Printed Guns: An Overview of Recent Legal Developments, CRS Legal Sidebar, September 11, 2018:


The implementation of arms control agreements by the Air Force is detailed in a newly updated directive.

The directive addresses Air Force obligations under New START, US-IAEA Safeguard Agreements, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Biological Weapons Convention.

See Implementation of, and Compliance with, Treaties Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, Air Force Instruction 16-608, September 7, 2018.

Air Force officials are directed to make certain that even their most tightly secured special access programs are in compliance with international obligations. But they are also required to protect information about such programs from "unnecessary or inadvertent" exposure during verification activities.


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