Surely You’re Joking, Comrade Beria!
19 November 2021 | 2:08 pm

In my recent article on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Tsar Bomba test, I relied very heavily on Russian sources that were digitized by Rosatom, the Russian nuclear agency. For whatever reason, Rosatom has been dedicating an impressive amount of resources to Soviet nuclear history, radically transforming what is easily available to […]

How many people have Q Clearance?
12 November 2021 | 7:41 pm

The Q Clearance is the enigmatically-named security clearance created to allow access Restricted Data, the legal category for nuclear secrets in the United States (after which my book is named). It is issued by the the US Department of Energy, and requires a single-scope background investigation (originally by the FBI), with the same requirements as […]

A decade of Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog
7 November 2021 | 5:44 pm

Ten years ago today, I posted my first entry to Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog. It’s trite to remark on how quickly a decade can fly by… but it’s still amazing to experience it. I thought that I would mark the occasion by writing down some thoughts on the history of the blog, some […]


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