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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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 »

Ploughshares Fund Welcomes New Board Members: Kennette Benedict, Samuel A. Heins, Jill Werner

Date: 
May 4, 2012

Ploughshares Fund is pleased to welcome three new members to its board of directors: Dr. Kennette Benedict, Samuel A. Heins and Jill Werner. Benedict, Heins and Werner join a group of concerned 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 the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. Read more »

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U.S. and North Korea Agreement a Step Forward for Diplomacy

Date: 
February 29, 2012

U.S. and North Korea Agreement a Step Forward for Diplomacy
Return of IAEA Inspectors and Food Monitors to Provide Needed Information

San Francisco – In response to today’s State Department announcement of a new agreement with North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile testing and allowing the return of IAEA inspectors in return for food aid, Ploughshares Fund Executive Director Philip Yun and Program Director Paul Carroll have released the following statements: Read more »

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Super Committee Failure Must Not Derail Nuclear Budget Cuts

Date: 
November 22, 2011

Super Committee Failure Must Not Derail Nuclear Budget Cuts
National Security Priorities Must Guide Nuclear Weapons Spending

Washington, D.C. – In light of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reach agreement, Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund and Philip Yun, Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund released the following statement. Read more »

Ploughshares Fund Welcomes Announcement of Full U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

Date: 
October 21, 2011

In response to President Obama’s announcement today of the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, released the following statement: Read more »