Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton said President Obama’s campaign promise to "work with Russia to take ballistic missiles off hair-trigger alert" mischaracterizes the U.S. arsenal, and recommends against taking ICBM and submarine nuclear missiles off alert. Hans Kristensen of the Ploughshares-funded Federation of American Scientists remarked that President George H. W. Read more »
Posted on February 27, 2009
The Project on Government Oversight, a Ploughshares-funded organization, has provided five recommendations for Congress and the White House to reduce costs and increase revenue.  These suggestions include reducing wasteful defense spending; increasing resources for audits and inspections; downblending excess highly-enriched uranium for sale as nuclear fuel and reducing the number of deployed nuclear warheadsm. Read more »
Posted on February 27, 2009
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