Ploughshares Fund Blog

Democratic lawmakers added an estimated $524 million in defense earmarks that the Pentagon did not request to the 2008 appropriations bill, about $220 million more than Republicans did. William Hartung of the Ploughshares-funded New America Foundation commented, "A lot of these weapon systems that are big-ticket items now have no purpose." The problem, he added, is that the defense industry, with offices or subcontractors in key congressional districts, plays the political game extremely well. Read more »
Posted on March 8, 2009
Speaking to an audience at the Google Campus in Mountain View, CA, Joe Cirincione discusses the Ploughshares Fund mission and the future of nuclear disarmament.   Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on March 6, 2009
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