Ploughshares Fund Blog

President Obama announced a 4 percent increase in the basic Pentagon budget, but companies are concerned that the administration's emphasis on simpler arms for immediate use will shift spending away from futuristic weapons.  According to Ploughshares Fund grantee Gordon Adams, the big contractors “are sitting on the edge of their seats.”   Read more »
Posted on February 26, 2009
North Korea announced its intention to launch a ‘communications satellite’, downplaying its suspected plans to test a long-range ballistic missile test despite a U.N. resolution forbidding such activity.  Experts fear an attempt by the U.S. Read more »
Posted on February 23, 2009
A group of U.S. experts including John Lewis, professor emeritus at Ploughshares-funded Stanford University headed Tuesday to North Korea for a trip that is expected to include discussions about the country's denuclearization process. The group is the latest of several private-sector delegations from the United States to visit North Korea.  (Ploughshares Fund’s program director Paul Carroll is part of this delegation.) Read more »
Posted on February 23, 2009
by Dr. Trita Parsi and Stanley Weiss Only 15 minutes into his term as president, Barack Obama did what his predecessor had refused to do for eight years. He reached out to Iran. By calling for a new approach to the Muslim world based on "mutual respect," Obama signaled Tehran that a new dawn in U.S.-Iran relations may be in reach. His outreach was stronger and swifter than many had expected. It was a wise move, but there should be little surprise that Tehran has yet to fully respond. It won't. Read more »
Posted on February 21, 2009
co-authored by Alexandra Bell The victors write history. Few would ascribe that right to the outgoing Bush Administration. The "Highlights of Accomplishments and Results of the Administration of George W. Bush" is fifty pages of glossy photos and false claims of the last eight years, complete with "Did You Know" sections usually seen in 8th grade textbooks. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 21, 2009
by Joe Cirincione and Alexandra Bell of the Ploughshares Fund A coalition of citizens groups and progressive House Members just saved the American taxpayers a whole lot of money. They eliminated from the stimulus bill $1 billion dollars for nuclear weapons work the Senate had stuffed in. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on February 21, 2009
A discussion of a recent jihadist suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Fox News featured Joe Cirincione. Read more »
Posted by Sarah Brown on February 20, 2009
On Fox News, Joe Cirincione discussed the new IAEA report that the progress of the Iranian enrichment program was underestimated. Read more »
Posted by Sarah Brown on February 20, 2009
Officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency report Iran has enough nuclear fuel to build a bomb if it decides to violate international treaty obligations, kick out inspectors and further refine its supply. Read more »
Posted on February 19, 2009
The Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories may change focus as the Obama administration moves to stop developing new nuclear weapons and reduce stockpiles. The shift will coincide with a government study on whether to move the labs to the Department of Defense. Read more »
Posted on February 19, 2009