Nuclear Budget

The U.S. nuclear weapons budget is vast, difficult to decipher and rife with waste and excess. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the continuing effort to shed light on and ultimately correct the nuclear budget.
  On the radar: Going down to the wire; Adversaries brace for a deal, eventually; The real debate is just beginning; Sanctions bring pain to Iran’s middle class; Pyongyang says it wants to talk; and Boozing below the seas.   Read more »
Posted on November 21, 2014
On the radar: DoD nuclear reports released; Throw money at it; Management tweaks; It’s the mission not the missiles; Nuclear bailout sought; Russia ices nonpro cooperation; Preserving momentum in the Iran talks; Why verification is essential for a deal; and Lockheed uses taxpayer money to lobby for more taxpayer money. Read more »
Posted on November 17, 2014
  On the radar: Unnecessary, harmful; 85% of American Jews favor a deal; Iran and Afghanistan; North Korea boosts enrichment; Congress’ lame duck laundry list; Insisting on transparency; Israel’s perspective on a deal; and the Russian piece of the Antares explosion.   Read more »
Posted on November 5, 2014
It is understandable that the American public generally doesn’t know much about nuclear weapons – how many there are, how much they cost, why we still have so many. The topic has not been “news” for most of the past fifteen years or so. Media attention on security issues instead gravitates toward the major crises of the day. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the intermittent but predictable Israeli-Palestinian clashes. Read more »
Posted by Paul Carroll on September 23, 2014
It started with one explosion in 1945. An explosion unlike any the world had ever seen. The first nuclear weapon, detonated by the United States, launched an era of nuclear proliferation that persists to this day. With the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons are increasingly irrelevant, but the threat they represent is still very real. The tide of proliferation has ebbed. Now we have the chance to roll it back to end the threat of nuclear weapons forever. Read more »
Posted by Peter Fedewa on July 1, 2014
According to a recent interview, the number one worry that keeps the President up at night is "loose nukes." Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in March, President Obama expounded on the idea that loose nukes pose the biggest threat to our security: Russia, he says isn’t “the number-one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned … with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.” Read more »
Posted by Usha Sahay on June 12, 2014
  On the radar: Nukes cost a lot; IAEA and Iran make progress; Moving parts of Iran negotiations explained; What a perfect nuclear deal might look like; Playing strategic chess with North Korea; Nuclear officer gets a reprimand; Cheating nuclear officers get a second chance; Pakistan’s destabilizing posture; Ambiguity on dismantlements; We still know nothing about WIPP leak; and South Carolina gives up suit on MOX.   Read more »
Posted on May 6, 2014
No one likes tax day. The paperwork. The anticipation of a return. The shock of owing more. None of it is fun. Least of all paying for wasteful programs that do little to nothing to keep the American people safe. Like upgrading bombs that cost more than their weight in gold. Or building new nuclear weapons that will never be used. It turns out, on average, each of us paid about $81.50 in nuclear weapons taxes in 2013. Read more »
Posted by admin on April 15, 2014
On April 5th 2009, Barack Obama gave an unprecedented speech in Prague, in which he dedicated his presidency to laying the ground work for a world without nuclear weapons. “As the only nuclear power to have ever used a nuclear weapon,” he said, “the United States has a moral responsibility to act.” Today, an out-of-control nuclear weapons budget threatens that vision. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on April 7, 2014
Over the past two weeks, experts have published over two dozen articles criticizing the nuclear spending plans in President Obama's defense budget for Fiscal Year 2015, a notable increase in the level of discussion on this topic. Below, we provide, by date of publication, some of the best stories on the nuclear budget and why experts believe these plans do not match our real defense needs. Read more »
Posted by Lauren Mladenka on March 12, 2014
Nuclear Budget