Ploughshares Fund Blog

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
We are delighted to announce that the Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors on June 17, 2013 unanimously elected Mary Lloyd Estrin as the new chair. As a board member and president of the foundation, I am excited to work with her as we continue to build Ploughshares Fund as a smart, innovative and effective force for change. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on June 17, 2013
As a father, I feel responsible not only for my three little girls’ health and well being, but also for their emotional security, their education and their safety. Because of this, I believe that it’s my responsibility to do my utmost to make the world a better place.  Read more »
Posted by Joel Rubin on June 14, 2013
June 10 marks the 50th anniversary of one of JFK's most important speeches and one of the most powerful pleas ever given by a US president for nuclear disarmament. He touches on many issues that we still wrestle with today, including nuclear war, disarmament, banning all nuclear tests, and the defeatist belief that change is impossible.  Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on June 10, 2013
Susan Rice does not speak very often on nuclear policy, but behind the scenes she played a major role in shaping Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons positions in the 2008 campaign. Read more »
Posted by Joe Cirincione on June 5, 2013
Summer. Time to think, time to go to the beach and time to catch up on some reading. This summer, staff at Ploughshares Fund is looking forward to several new foreign policy books, and squeezing in a couple novels that we’ve been meaning to read. Got some time coming up on a plane? We suggest you check out one of these. Read more »
Posted by admin on June 3, 2013
The Obama administration is seeking money to upgrade a nuclear bomb it doesn’t need, to fight a war that no longer exists. The bomb is the B61, and it is a glowing example of Washington’s nuclear budget waste. Analysts expect the B61 nuclear bomb upgrade to cost $11.9 billion – with each bomb costing more than its weight in gold. Read more »
Posted by admin on May 30, 2013