Joseph Cirincione

Washington, D.C.

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for over 35 years and is considered one of the top experts in the field. He served previously as vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, director for non-proliferation at Carnegie Endowment, and senior associate at Stimson. He worked for nine years as professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Armed Services and Government Operations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the International Security Advisory Board for Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He also teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service.

Cirincione is an MSNBC nuclear security expert and his commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Financial Times, Kyodo News, Moscow Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post.


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The following originally appeared as a post on The Atlantic Politics.

October 13, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

I’m thrilled to introduce Philip Yun as Ploughshares Fund’s new Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer. Philip has the talent, the drive and the know-how to help lead Ploughshares Fund to new levels of achievement.

September 15, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

The collapse of the Gaddafi regime firmly establishes the benefits of Obama's national security strategy over the failed war policies that preceded him -- and are still promoted by his critics.

August 24, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

The U.S. government spends $54 billion a year on nuclear weapons and related programs. Despite the deep fiscal crisis, these budgets are about to go up — to a whopping $700 billion over the next 10 years. It is not at all clear why.

August 11, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

August 8, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

After 14 years at the helm of Ploughshares Fund, Executive Director Naila Bolus is leaving us to become president of another national non-profit organization based in Boston.

July 20, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

Congress is in the midst of an intense debate over a massive defense spending bill, and budget negotiations between the Administration and congressional leaders are at a pivotal stage. One key part of our nation's budget must be on the table: nuclear weapons.

July 15, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

Congress just took a small but important bipartisan step to make America safer.

July 14, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

Today Leon Panetta begins his term as Secretary of Defense.  One of his first tasks will be reigning in a Pentagon budget that has more than doubled in the last decade (the Department's fiscal year 2012 budget request is $671 billion).

July 1, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione

June 20, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione