The New Arms Race

Over the next 30 years, the US plans to spend approximately $1 trillion on nuclear weapons. Terrorists are not deterred by nuclear weapons. Every dollar spent on this outdated, overpriced and unnecessary arsenal is a dollar less for our true defense needs.

We need to end wasteful nuclear programs and to align our spending priorities—for today’s threats.

Latest Analysis on the New Arms Race

  • A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the US and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

    The horror and reactions to the Paris massacre have overshadowed a troubling new twist in the U.S.-Russian rivalry that could prove even more terrifying. Russian state media recently “accidentally” revealed plans for a bizarre new nuclear torpedo.

    November 23, 2015 - By Joe Cirincione
  • 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.

    July 9, 2013 - By Ben Loehrke
  • The Navy’s Aegis missile defense system is the backbone of the Obama administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense. So why isn’t the Navy paying anything for missile defense? The omission, revealed by Pentagon missile defense budget estimates, says a lot about Navy priorities during an era of tightening budgets.

    August 27, 2012 - By Ben Loehrke
  • In tight budget times, the U.S. Navy cannot afford to waste funds on excessive capabilities for outdated Cold War weapons. Yet that is what some in Congress are attempting to do by blocking retirement of excess nuclear-armed submarines.

    May 14, 2012 - By Ben Loehrke
  • It might not have received a nomination for Best Picture, but ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is our stand out film this Oscar season.

    February 24, 2012 - By Megan Murphy
  • Washington is slowly moving toward tightening budgets and being smarter with its security dollars.

    February 14, 2012 - By Ben Loehrke
  • After months of work on the campaign to slash the nuclear weapons budget, the concept is firmly taking hold in Congress.

    February 9, 2012 - By Megan Murphy
  • Today, standing with his top military officials, President Obama rolled out new guidance that realigns the Pentagon toward today’s strategic realities.

    January 5, 2012 - By Ben Loehrke
  • The era of unlimited military spending is clearly over. With a huge focus on cutting the budget in all areas of federal spending, 64 Members of Congress are joining forces to highlight the nuclear weapons budget as a prime place for cuts.

    October 11, 2011 - By Anonymous
  • Nuclear blogger Max Bergmann, writing for the Center for American Progress' Wonk Room, corrected Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Frank Gaffney’s assertion that last week’s

    January 28, 2010 - By Anonymous