Ploughshares Fund Blog

Listen to a discussion of President Obama's nuclear policy with San Francisco talk show host Michael Krasney. Read more »
Posted by Sarah Brown on March 5, 2009
A bipartisan task force proposed that U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories be spun out of the Energy Department to become the center of an independent Agency for National Security Applications. The task force, formed by the Ploughshares-funded Stimson Center, recommended making wider use of the labs for other, non-nuclear research to assure "the nation's global science and technology leadership in the 21st century." Read more »
Posted on March 4, 2009
The Ploughshares-funded Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) urges President Obama to reverse Bush administration plans to locate parts of the U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe. David Wright of the UCS Global Security Program remarked, “President Obama should say no to deploying a missile defense system that offers no security benefits and needlessly provokes Russia. Missile defense is not a magic bullet. Read more »
Posted on March 4, 2009
The budget unveiled last week cuts off almost all funding for a permanent burial site for radioactive nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain site in the Nevada desert. Geoffrey H. Read more »
Posted on March 4, 2009
A crowd at Pitzer College heard Joe Cirincione speak on the potential of the Obama Administration's new nuclear policy. He responded to the Nuclear Questions posed by the Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer.  Read more »
Posted on March 3, 2009
Experts at the Ploughshares-funded Arms Control Association (ACA) urged senior U.S. officials and the media to exhibit greater care to accurately state what is known about Iran's nuclear capabilities. Read more »
Posted on March 2, 2009
The Obama administration's $533.7 billion defense budget boosts U.S. military spending by 4 percent, but inflation and increased personnel costs will more than eat up that amount. Read more »
Posted on March 1, 2009
Brazil confirmed that several of its 10 specially-designed centrifuges to enrich uranium for nuclear power production would be running by the end of March.  Though Brazil signed a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2004, analyst Jacqueline Shire of the Institute for Science and International Security commented the country “is not adhering to the (IAEA's) Additional Protocol. Read more »
Posted on March 1, 2009
by Michael Krepon Last week's news that North Korea plans to test a ballistic missile that could reach Alaska gave doomsayers more grounds for gloom. But amid the fear about nuclear attacks by terrorists or leaders such as Kim Jong Il, let's not forget that the United States has managed to protect itself from such a catastrophe not only since 9/11, but since the birth of the bomb in 1945. Read more »
Posted on March 1, 2009
Accepting an award at UC Santa Cruz, George Perkovich, director of the Nonproliferation Program at the Ploughshares-funded Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed the justice of nuclear weapons. He argued that global insecurity increases as small states protest the double-standards of nuclear states unwilling to submit to international law.  Read more »
Posted on February 28, 2009