United States

The United States invented nuclear weapons, operates the second largest nuclear force in the world and holds the dubious distinction of being the only country to use these weapons in combat. As a result, the U.S. has a special responsibility to lead the way in reducing its own nuclear weapons stockpile and calling for other nuclear armed nations to follow suite. Following is analysis and opinion from Ploughshares Fund staff, grantees and guests on the ongoing struggle to deal with nuclear weapons in the United States.

  • This article by Ploughshares Fund Government Affairs Representative Robert Leonard was featured by the Connect U.S. Fund

    January 12, 2011 - By Margaret Swink
  • The year 2010 ended with a new start. Senate ratification of the New START treaty on December 22nd was an important step forward for arms control.

    January 12, 2011 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  • January 17th, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s famous farewell address in which he warned against the perils of the military-industrial complex.

    January 11, 2011 - By Reid Pauly
  • The New START treaty has obvious benefits for national security. But the overwhelming vote in favor of the treaty (71-26) has much broader significance. And the still sizable vote against it, a troubling dark side.

    December 23, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione
  • On December 22, 2010, the Senate approved the New START nuclear reduction treaty in a strong, bipartisan 71-26 vote. The new treaty reduces our stockpile of nuclear weapons, puts inspectors back on the ground in Russia and places the U.S.

    December 22, 2010 - By Kelly Bronk
  • By Ploughshares Board Member Gloria Duffy

    The passage of the New START treaty would be momentous for a number of reasons.

    December 20, 2010 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  • Joe participates in the second Sustainable Partnership with Russia (SuPR Group) Meeting in Gstaad, Switzerland.

    December 20, 2010 - By Kelly Bronk
  • Leaders of key organizations working to sustain the momentum for approval of New START wrote a letter to Senate Democratic yesterday demanding that the Senate immediately turn its attention to ratifying the treaty.  These organizations, representing millions of Americans, demonstrate the large, diverse, bipartisan coalition of national security, religious, scientific, and environmental organizations that support prompt ratification of New START.

    December 9, 2010 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • What do every living secretary of state, 5 former secretaries of defense, 9 former national security advisors, and the entire U.S. military chain of command have in common?  They support the New START treaty.

    December 8, 2010 - By Reid Pauly
  • When the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff are united, they usually get what they want. And they really want the New START treaty.

    America’s national security elites have come out in force in support of New START. Just this morning, five former Republican secretaries of state urged the Senate to ratify the treaty in an op-ed for The Washington Post. They wrote, “we have here an agreement that is clearly in our national interest.”

    December 2, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione