Nautilus’ Freedom of Information Act – Global Disclosure Project examines and publishes information on government policy and doctrine in the United States and other countries. The project aspires to increase government accountability and inform the public on high-level government planning, particularly on issues of Nuclear policy. Our FOIA reports develop the existing discourse on current affairs by giving our readers a historical view of international problems that continue to plague us today, as well as provide a valuable source of information on the way that these problems have been and are viewed by the US government. The project approaches policy analysis from a multilateral perspective with coordinated use of multinational Freedom of Information Act Requests and freedom of information use. This project creates public information with synchronized multi-national filings of freedom of information requests on governments for release of specific information. It “pools” the released information to maximize transparency beyond what is possible with purely national disclosures, and jointly analyzes and disseminates the information widely to provide unrestricted global public access to declassified documents and analysis. This approach differs from — yet supplements – policy research based on existing FOIA projects that promote FOIA laws in many countries and nurture their use in a national context.
Amongst Nautilus’ most effective and influential use of FOIA to date has been our work around the document Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Southeast Asia. Visit our Essentially Annihilated page to read about the report and the impact its release has had.
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