The New Arms Race

Nuclear weapons do nothing to protect us from 21st century threats. Yet the US government is planning to spend over $1.6 trillion during 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

  • Give Trump New Nukes and We Are That Much Closer to War

    It’s bad enough that President Donald Trump has absolute authority to launch the vast US nuclear arsenal and effectively end the world as we know it. And it’s bad enough that President Trump, ignoring decades of...

    January 23, 2018 - By Tom Collina
  • VIDEOS: Nuclear Weapons Policy in a Time of Crisis

    Videos, in chronological order, from the conference: 1. Welcoming Comments from Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund; Opening Address: Congresswoman Barbara Lee 2. Senator Dianne Feinstein 3. Senator Ed Markey 4. Congressman Ted Lieu 5. Congressman Adam Smith 6. Future of the Iran Deal 7...

    November 3, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Costs of US Nuclear Arsenal Skyrocketing

    The Congressional Budget Office, CBO, recently released a new report estimating that the Trump administration’s plans to maintain and replace the US nuclear arsenal over 30 years would cost $1.2 trillion in constant dollars....

    November 1, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Video: Debate - US Nuclear Weapon 'Modernization'

    The Center for Strategic & International Studies' Project on Nuclear Issues (CSIS PONI) and Ploughshares Fund are pleased to invite you to the fourth in a debate series on a range of nuclear challenges and policy decisions the Trump administration will face in 2017. The debate series aims to...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • New Report: President Trump Should Rethink NATO Missile Defense

    As President Donald Trump meets for the first time with NATO leaders in Brussels, the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund today released a new report recommending that the United States rethink its strategy to buy new missile interceptors for Europe. Rather than field a new anti-missile...

    May 24, 2017 - By Tom Collina
  • VIDEO: Debate - Modernization of Nuclear Missiles

    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and Ploughshares Fund are pleased to invite you to the second in a debate series on a range of nuclear challenges and policy decisions the Trump administration will face in 2017. The debate series aims to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of arguments...

    May 24, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Joe Cirincione discusses the North Korea situation

    The Trump Administration has still failed to define a coherent approach to dealing with North Korea's missile tests and budding nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump has recently signaled that his administation would be willing to talk with North Korea, contradicting Secretary of State...

    May 19, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Profoundly Dangerous Times

    Never have we had a president this unpredictable in charge of the most powerful nuclear arsenal on the planet. Never have we had a president tell other countries they should get nuclear weapons. Never have we had a president this untested and uninformed confronting mounting dangers from North...

    March 21, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Why Donald Trump's Plan to Be Leader of the Nuclear Pack is Nuts

    In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Donald Trump boasted “if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.” He then blasted the “one-sided” New START treaty with Russia that...

    February 27, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Watch: Joe Cirincione on Trump’s Latest Nuclear Comments

    Last week, during an interview with Reuters, President Trump said, It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”  In response, Ploughshares Fund President Joe...

    February 25, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund