B61

  • Bring Home US Tactical Nuclear Weapons from Europe

    In the United States, anything nuclear is inherently presidential. Any change in nuclear policy requires presidential leadership and sustained engagement. Moreover, decisions to pursue new initiatives must be made early in a new administration, and then executed over a number of years. Coming...

    November 15, 2016 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • While the rest of the nation is concerned with shrinking budgets, incompetence among the nuclear personnel, and pullback from wars abroad, the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget inexplicably calls for an increased nuclear weapons budget. Even more disturbingly, the Administration is calling for a decrease in programs to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and a slowdown in the dismantlement of nuclear weapons that we’ve already committed to destroying.

    March 20, 2014 - By Amanda Waldron
  • In our recent call to reallocate U.S. nuclear spending to programs that better address 21st century security concerns, we asked people to tell us what they would buy with the $11.6 billion the U.S. expect to spend updating the B61 – a budget busting relic of the Cold War that is stationed in Europe. Here’s what a few of you had to say.

    July 18, 2013 - By admin
  • Days may be numbered for the budget busting B61 nuclear bomb. This bomb, first deployed in Europe to fight the Cold War, is facing serious challenges in Congress from both Democrats and Republicans.

    July 16, 2013 - By admin
  • When we published our infographic demonstrating that planned replacements for the B-61 bombs would be worth more than the bomb’s actual weight in gold, we were reminded that the argument had been used before – by one of our most stalwart supporters.

    July 10, 2013 - By Elizabeth Rogers
  • 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
  • In a victory for common sense, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that scales back a $10 billion nuclear bomb program. The bombs - estimated to cost more than their weight in gold - now face strong opposition as it moves toward full Senate consideration later this year.

    June 28, 2013 - By Ben Loehrke
  • Two years ago, when talk of “fiscal responsibility” began to dominate the political discussion, Ploughshares Fund realized that we had an unprecedented opportunity to tilt Washington’s budget axe toward the nuclear weapons complex. So we organized and funded a campaign to reduce spending on nuclear weapons.

    June 27, 2013 - By Ben Loehrke
  • The Obama administration is seeking money to upgrade a nuclear bomb it doesn’t need, to fight a war that no longer exists. The bomb is the B61, and it is a glowing example of Washington’s nuclear budget waste.

    Analysts expect the B61 nuclear bomb upgrade to cost $11.9 billion – with each bomb costing more than its weight in gold.

    May 30, 2013 - By admin