How much do nuclear weapons cost?
The US plans to spend about $1 trillion operating and updating its nuclear arsenal over the next thirty years, according to an analysis
from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies funded by Ploughshares Fund. The bulk of that spending will come all at once, as construction for new bombers, submarines, and missiles ramps up.
How dangerous are nuclear weapons?
The smallest weapon in the US arsenal today is ten times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Many of the nuclear weapons in the US and Russian arsenals are still on high alert, which means they could be launched accidentally at a moment’s notice. A nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan could cause a global famine, putting two billion people at risk
. Terrorist organizations are targeting vulnerable nuclear sites
in unstable regions.
What can we do to address nuclear threats?
Ploughshares Fund’s network of grantees work together to develop smart, effective strategies to reduce and eliminate existing nuclear stockpiles, prevent new nuclear states, promote stability in areas of conflict, and secure nuclear materials worldwide.