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About the Nuclear Information Project

The Nuclear Information Project is a public education project with the Federation of American Scientists that works to provide the public with access to declassified documents and analysis about nuclear weapons policy and operations.

Of particular focus is the role of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War era, and how concern about weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism is affecting nuclear planning of existing nuclear weapon states.

Although important information about nuclear weapons policy and operations is rightly protected from public disclosure under the law, government agencies routinely withhold information that does not need to be withheld simply because it concerns nuclear issues. This happens because of poor document administration and excessive secrecy by declassification officers.

As such, a central objective of the project is to challenge excessive nuclear secrecy. As such the project seeks to narrow the gap between prudent classification and excessive secrecy, empower the public with factual information about nuclear weapons policy and operations in order to challenge assumptions underlying the policy, and improve accountability in nuclear policy making. The project uses open sources and declassification of government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act to research, analyze, and disseminate factual information about nuclear weapons policy and operations.

The project is directed by Hans M. Kristensen, who also co-authors the World Nuclear Forces for the SIPRI Yearbook (Sweden) and the Nuclear Notebook in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Kristensen has more than 15 years experience in using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as a tool to obtain declassified information about nuclear policy and operations. Kristensen's CV is available in the right-hand bar.

The Project does not attempt to be comprehensive. Rather than copying what other organizations and project already do, the Nuclear Information Project works to provide focused, hard-to-get, overlooked, or ignored information.

Since the Project web site was launched in March 2004, users of the information have included the military, major defense contractors, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, governments from around the world, universities, schools, libraries, institutes, non-governmental organization, the news media and individuals.

To contact the project, write to:

Hans M. Kristensen
Federation of American Scientists
1725 DeSales St. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20036
(202) 454-4695 | Cell: (301) 512-9782
Fax: (202)

The work that made this project possible was funded by the Ploughshares Fund, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Danish Institute of International Affairs.

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Curriculum Vitae (CV) for
Hans M. Kristensen

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  Hans M. Kristensen