FAS was founded in 1945 by many of the Manhattan Project scientists who
wanted to prevent nuclear war and is one of the longest serving organizations
in the world dedicated to reducing nuclear threats and informing the public
debate by providing technically-based research and analysis on these issues.
FAS is a non-profit membership organization, with members from the academic,
non-profit and government communities. For more information on FAS membership
and to join, please visit our Membership page.
FAS staff comprise a highly skilled and dedicated team with professional
experience in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science,
nuclear engineering, physics, and political science. More than 65 Nobel
science laureates have endorsed FAS as members of the Board of Sponsors.
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) works to provide 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 track and eliminate the global
illicit trade of conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. As
part of FAS’s mission, FAS maintains the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC),
a global multi-organizational initiative spearheaded by the Federation of
American Scientists. This initiative is committed to countering the threat
posed by the development or use of biological weapons and the responsible use
of science and technology. The VBC is the ‘one stop shop’ for biosecurity
information, education, best practices, and collaboration.