FAS honors Lugar with award

The Federation of American Scientists presented Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) with the FAS Public Service Award on Friday for his leadership and work related to nonproliferation of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Lugar collaborated with former Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) to create the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in 1992 in an effort to secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union. Since that time, the program expanded to include biological and chemical agents throughout the world, Associated Press reports.

During his recent farewell to the Senate, Lugar warned the incoming Congress and the current administration that steps must be taken if the country wants to avoid another Sept. 11.

"Republicans must be willing to suspend reflexive opposition that serves no purpose but to limit their own role in strategic questions and render cooperation impossible," Lugar said, according to the Pal Item. "All parties should recognize the need for unity in the coming year when events in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and other locations may test American national security in extreme ways."

Lugar lost a Republican primary to Richard Mourdock after serving as Indiana's senator for 36 years. He will retire from the Senate in early 2013 to take a position as a distinguished professor at the University of Indianapolis, Associated Press reports.