The New Arms Race

Nuclear weapons do nothing to protect us from 21st century threats. Yet the US government is planning to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to rebuild its arsenal – plans that could push Russia, China and other countries to build even more nuclear weapons. In short, the world is on the brink of a new nuclear arms race that will only accelerate if current plans stay on track. 

Every dollar spent on re-building our arsenal is a dollar less for our true defense needs. We need to end wasteful nuclear programs and to realign our spending priorities with today’s threats.

Latest News and Analysis on the New Nuclear Arms Race

  • Your Nuclear Weapons Taxpayer Receipt 2016

    How much did you pay for nuclear weapons? No one likes tax day. The paperwork. The anticipation of a return. The shock of owing more. None of it is fun. Least of all paying for wasteful programs that do little to nothing to keep the American people safe. Like the plan to spend ...

    April 14, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Fewer Warheads, More Spending

    Ploughshares Fund grantees Tri-Valley CAREs, which advocates an end to new nuclear weapons development activities at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Hans Kristensen of the ...

    April 5, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Beyond the Summit: New Approaches to Nuclear Security

    This week marks the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC, a first-of-its kind initiative spearheaded by President Obama shortly after he pledged to "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" back on April 5, 2009. We were all inspired by his vision and...

    March 31, 2016 - By Philip Yun
  • New Arms Race on PBS Newshour

    The Pentagon wants to spend $1 trillion on new nuclear weapons over the next three decades. This is irresponsible, immoral and dangerous. Our country is in economic distress. Instead of lavishing money on weapons to kill millions, our government should be helping to educate and employ millions....

    February 29, 2016 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Cutting Costs, Reducing Risk

    America’s nuclear spending spree has sparked a dangerous new arms race. Over the next 30 years, the United States plans to spend $1 trillion on new nuclear weapons based on submarines, bombers and missiles. This plan increases the risk that Russia and China will follow suit, and that nuclear...

    February 26, 2016 - By Tom Collina
  • Obama's unfinished business

    As voters go to the polls in New Hampshire, we are reminded that President Obama’s time in office is coming to a close. But it’s not too late to take care of unfinished business. Nearly seven years ago, President Obama gave hope to tens of thousands gathered in central Prague, and to billions...

    February 9, 2016 - By Tom Collina
  • CAP and CATO Institute agree on one thing...

    According to a brand new report from the Center for American Progress (a report we're proud to have sponsored): "Over the next 30 years, the cost of the nuclear...

    February 3, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • Defense Modernization Plans Through the 2020s: Addressing the Bow Wave

    The Department of Defense plans to modernize all three legs (strategic bombers, ICBMs, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles) of the nuclear arsenal at once, while modernizing conventional forces as well. "Many weapons programs will be at or near their peak years of funding requirements at...

    January 28, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • 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