Ploughshares Fund Blog

In our recent call to reallocate U.S. nuclear spending to programs that better address 21st century security concerns, we asked people to tell us what they would buy with the $11.6 billion the U.S. expect to spend updating the B61 – a budget busting relic of the Cold War that is stationed in Europe. Here’s what a few of you had to say. Read more »
Posted by admin on July 18, 2013
Days may be numbered for the budget busting B61 nuclear bomb. This bomb, first deployed in Europe to fight the Cold War, is facing serious challenges in Congress from both Democrats and Republicans. Read more »
Posted by admin on July 16, 2013
When we published our infographic demonstrating that planned replacements for the B-61 bombs would be worth more than the bomb’s actual weight in gold, we were reminded that the argument had been used before – by one of our most stalwart supporters. Read more »
Posted by Elizabeth Rogers on July 10, 2013
The U.S. is poised to spend $11.6 billion to upgrade a handful of nuclear bombs - with each bomb costing more than twice its weight in gold. The bombs were originally put in Europe to roll back a Soviet land invasion. With the Cold War over, the costly bomb upgrades would rack up more debt while adding no benefit to our security.  Why are the bombs still around? What else could the U.S. buy with the money? How much gold are we talking about? See the infographic below. Read more »
Posted by Ben Loehrke on July 9, 2013
Standing at Berlin’s historic Brandenburg Gate, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to end the threat of nuclear weapons. “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” he declared to waves of applause. Obama promised bold cuts in strategic and tactical nuclear weapons and pledged again to prevent more nations from acquiring nuclear weapons, ban nuclear testing, and end production of bomb materials. But the president delayed implementing any of these steps pending further reviews and discussions. It is thus unclear if the much-anticipated speech will generate the active cooperation from members of the United Nations that is needed to reduce nuclear dangers. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on July 8, 2013
In a victory for common sense, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that scales back a $10 billion nuclear bomb program. The bombs - estimated to cost more than their weight in gold - now face strong opposition as it moves toward full Senate consideration later this year. Read more »
Posted by Ben Loehrke on June 28, 2013
Two years ago, when talk of “fiscal responsibility” began to dominate the political discussion, Ploughshares Fund realized that we had an unprecedented opportunity to tilt Washington’s budget axe toward the nuclear weapons complex. So we organized and funded a campaign to reduce spending on nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by Ben Loehrke on June 27, 2013
Ploughshares Fund is thrilled to welcome Mary Lloyd Estrin as our new Chair of the Board of Directors. A long-time board member, Mary is already deeply familiar with Ploughshares Fund. We sat down with her to get her sense of where she thinks the organization should be moving and why she continues to give time to address the threat posed by nuclear weapons.  Read more »
Posted by admin on June 24, 2013
Outgoing Chair of the Board Roger Hale knows Ploughshares Fund just about as well as anyone can. He's been an integral part of organizational strategy since 1996, helping make the decision to streamline our funding areas and open a DC office. This week, Roger is stepping down as Chair of the Board to hand the reins over to Mary Lloyd Estrin. We sat down with him first to get his perspectives on this transition.  Read more »
Posted by admin on June 21, 2013
There are approximately 17,300 nuclear weapons in the world across nine countries.  Of these, nearly 7,700 are in the United States.  Read more »
Posted by Joel Rubin on June 19, 2013