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Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Actor Michael Douglas and Bipartisan Members of Congress to Address Ploughshares Fund Gala

Date: 
October 25, 2013

Event celebrates joint victories in reducing nuclear threats, with a bipartisan Honorary Congressional Host Committee including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Read more »

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Ploughshares Fund Deplores the Use of Chemical Weapons

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September 10, 2013

Washington, DC - Ploughshares Fund deplores the use of chemical weapons. We express our heartfelt concern for the suffering of the Syrian people. There is every reason to believe that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in large quantities against innocent men, women and children. Use of these weapons violates international law and norms. It shocks the human conscience and must not go unanswered.  Read more »

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Ploughshares Fund Welcomes President Obama’s Call to Action on Nuclear Weapons Security

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June 19, 2013

San Francisco, CA – Ploughshares Fund leaders Joe Cirincione and Philip Yun applaud President Barack Obama’s bold new call to action for a 21st century nuclear security policy. The President’s announcement in Berlin has finally replaced the nuclear guidance issued in 2002 by President George W. Bush with new policies that will reduce the roles, numbers and alert rates of nuclear weapons in US national security strategy. “As long as nuclear weapon exist,” said Obama, “we are not truly safe.” Read more »

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Ploughshares Fund Welcomes New Board Chairperson: Mary Lloyd Estrin

Date: 
June 18, 2013

Honors Former Chair, Roger Hale, for Expanding Organization, Focusing Vision

San Francisco – Ploughshares Fund is pleased to announce the election of Mary Lloyd Estrin of Los Angeles, CA as the new chair of the board of directors. Estrin succeeds out-going chair, Roger Hale of Minneapolis, MN. She takes the helm of a group of experts, philanthropists and leaders including Michael Douglas, Admiral Joe Sestak, Philip Taubman, Gloria Duffy and Terry Gamble Boyer. Read more »

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Ploughshares Fund Congratulates Senator Chuck Hagel on His Confirmation as Secretary of Defense

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February 26, 2013

Washington, DC -- Ploughshares Fund applauds the Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. Senator Hagel represents the proud tradition of a strong, bipartisan foreign policy for the United States. His experience and deep understanding of national security issues will be a valuable asset to the Department of Defense and the American people. Read more »

Ploughshares Fund Applauds Nomination of Senator Hagel for Secretary of Defense

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Date: 
January 9, 2013

Washington, DC – Ploughshares Fund congratulates Senator Chuck Hagel on his nomination by President Barack Obama for secretary of defense. His strong record of leadership on national security will make him a valuable asset for the Department of Defense during this period of strategic challenge and transition. Read more »

Ploughshares Fund Welcomes New Board Member: Tabitha Jordan

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December 6, 2012

 

San Francisco – Ploughshares Fund is pleased to welcome Bay Area philanthropist Tabitha Jordan to its board of directors. Jordan joins a group of former officials, philanthropists, academics and public figures including Michael Douglas, former Senator Chuck Hagel, Dr. Gloria Duffy, former Congressman Admiral Joe Sestak (ret.) and Dr. Reza Aslan, who lead and advise Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, as the group works to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. Read more »

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U.S. on Track to Spend $640 Billion on Nuclear Weapons over Next Decade

Date: 
October 8, 2012

Nuclear Cuts Could Preserve Vital Programs in a Shrinking Defense Budget

Washington, D.C. – A new working paper released today by Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, finds that the U.S. is on track to spend between $620 billion and $661 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next decade. Based on publicly available data and expert analyses, this new aggregate estimate is the only existing projection of the total cost for nuclear weapons-related spending in the United States over the next ten years.

“As Congress debates cuts to defense spending that may force veterans and soldiers in the field to sacrifice benefits and needed weapons, American taxpayers deserve to know how much the U.S. plans to spend on nuclear weapons,” said Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund. “Before we destroy vital programs for our servicemen and women, we should give serious consideration to cutting weapons we no longer need.”

Official accounts of spending on nuclear weapons and related programs are often opaque and poorly defined. Partially, this is due to the sprawl of these programs across the federal government. The lack of clarity is also due to disagreement over what programs should be included, and consistently unreliable government budget projections. The number provided by Ploughshares Fund is a conservative attempt to include all spending related to nuclear weapons in one estimate, allowing advocates and citizens a reasonable accounting of what current nuclear weapons policies cost the nation – including the existing nuclear arsenal, modernization programs, missile defenses, environmental and health costs, nuclear threat reduction and nuclear incident management.

“By cutting outdated nuclear weapons programs,” said Ben Loehrke, Ploughshares Fund senior policy analyst, “we could realize substantial savings that might then be directed toward those programs more important for our national security.”

The U.S. still maintains roughly 8,000 nuclear weapons, approximately 5,000 in the active and reserve stockpiles and another 3,000 awaiting dismantlement. Some programs, like those for environmental clean-up or nonproliferation are vital even at reduced force levels and should not be eliminated. A growing consensus of military leaders and security experts, however, believe that the nation’s nuclear stockpile could be reduced, saving defense funds for weapons that are more relevant to today’s threats.

Continuing Resolution Vote Wipes out Gold-Plated Plutonium Pit Factory

Date: 
September 23, 2012

 

Elimination of Project Budget Dooms Unnecessary Facility, Signals Lower Priority for Nukes Read more »

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Ploughshares Fund Welcomes New Board Members: Venture Investor Rachel Pike and Noted Journalist/Author Philip Taubman

Date: 
August 22, 2012

 

San Francisco – Ploughshares Fund is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors: Dr. Rachel Pike and Philip Taubman. Pike and Taubman join a group of former officials, philanthropists, academics and public figures including Michael Douglas, former Senator Chuck Hagel, Dr. Gloria Duffy, former Congressman and Admiral Joe Sestak (D- PA) and Dr. Reza Aslan who lead and advise Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, as the group works towards a world without nuclear weapons. Read more »