Nuclear Zero

The concept of nuclear zero traces its roots back to President Reagan’s call for eliminating nuclear weapons as a “threat to the world.” Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the efforts and progress toward nuclear zero.
  On the radar: Nuclear deal in the forecast; Fear of sanctions hampers good faith transactions; the Crimea crisis and nuclear zero; Pentagon plans to plan nuclear force cuts; NNSA finds budget numbers that make it look good; DOE to subsidize the unaffordable; Moscow forgets about Lisbon Agreement; and North Korea makes Asian pivot deployments possible.   Read more »
Posted on April 7, 2014
The number of nuclear weapons in the world tops 17,000, yet none of them belong to Iran. While negotiators work for a verifiable deal that would prevent Iran from ever obtaining nuclear arms – it’s important to remember that the current negotiations also have the potential to strengthen international security, and move us forward on a path to a nuclear weapons-free tomorrow. Read more »
Posted by Emily Hauser on March 10, 2014
Nuclear Zero, Iran
Recent discoveries of fraud and cheating among U.S. nuclear personnel stand in stark contrast to the  Pentagon’s continued support for nuclear weapons programs and budgets. Why do we insist on keeping these obsolete weapons despite their fading utility? To get some answers, we reached out to our grantee, Stephen Young, a senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Here, he gives us the expert scoop on how and why the U.S. can get rid of the weapons we don’t need and take better care of the stockpile while it remains. Read more »
Posted by Amanda Waldron on March 6, 2014
On March 1, 1954, the U.S. conducted its largest nuclear test. The Castle Bravo nuclear test on Bikini Atoll unexpectedly unleashed 15 megatons of explosive force on the tiny island. At 1,000 times the strength of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Castle Bravo’s devastating effects where widely felt across the western Pacific. Read more »
Posted by Peter Fedewa on March 3, 2014
Sitting at the Chicago airport, snow swirling outside, salt covering my shoes, eagerly waiting for my delayed flight to take me back to San Francisco, I contemplate the previous month of travel with Joe Cirincione. Read more »
Posted by Elizabeth Rogers on February 7, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered two reviews of America's nuclear force in the wake of mounting reports of drug use, drinking, womanizing, cheating and lapsed discipline among top officers. But if the studies focus only on personnel, it will be little more than rearranging the deck chairs on a nuclear Titanic. The core problem is not the people; it's the mission. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on January 24, 2014
It takes passion, and a lot of coffee, to get up for an early morning flight from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA and then pick right up and head to Seattle, WA before returning home to start the cycle of travel all over again. That’s the kind of barnstorming schedule Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione is keeping to help highlight our efforts to address the threat of nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by admin on January 15, 2014
We’ve come together because we share a passion for achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by Michael Douglas and Farshad Farahat on December 19, 2013
Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried to make a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. None have succeeded. President Barack Obama just did. The deal to limit and begin to roll back Iran’s nuclear program may be the most important foreign policy success of his tenure. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on November 25, 2013
Over two years after the initial disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, the problematic plant is back in the news - the plant is leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the surrounding ocean. The announcement has elicited a firm response from the Japanese government and international criticism. Read more »
Posted by admin on August 19, 2013