The New Arms Race

Nuclear weapons do nothing to protect us from 21st century threats. Yet the US government is planning to spend over $2 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

  • The Button

    Get a head start on your summer reading list! You can now pre-order a new book from former Secretary of Defense and Stanford professor of international relations William Perry and Ploughshares Fund policy director Tom Collina. The Button is a fascinating narrative of our living nuclear history—...

    May 8, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Masks Over Missiles: New Rules for Pentagon Funding

    Representative Ro Khanna (D.-CA) recently laid down some new rules for the Pentagon budget: Fund public health over weapons; freeze defense programs at current levels; resist Senate pressure to cave on House priorities; and develop a “modern, expansive definition of national security that...

    May 4, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Why America Needs to Rethink Its National Security Priorities

    The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee just announced that they are postponing the scheduled markup of the National Defense Authorization Act to “a later time.” Good. It gives policymakers time to rethink their assumptions about what constitutes national security and how much money...

    April 8, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Letter from Akshai Vikram, Roger L. Hale Fellow

    Coming to Ploughshares Fund last September, I underestimated just how tumultuous the ensuing months would be. Surely, nothing could be more raucous than my time at the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election cycle. Yet I quickly realized that was not to be the case. My first week...

    March 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Exploding Budgets

    Bill Hartung, the director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy, did not mince words when asked about the Trump administration’s new nuclear budget. “It’s an outrage,” he said. “It’s the only thing that’s going up dramatically in the entire budget. Even other...

    February 14, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Event: The Tragedy of American Nuclear Policy

    We're delighted to announce that Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund president, will be speaking at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) on Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30-5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public, and we would be honored to have you join us.

    February 12, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 100 Seconds to Midnight

    “We are in a stage of total denial,” said Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland. “The Clock has moved nearer than ever - nearer than at the height of the Cold War.” Mary Robinson and Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations, joined Press the Button for...

    January 27, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Bomb Squad

    “We’re a small but mighty team,” Tristan Guyette told Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione. “Our goal is to end the threat of nuclear war through very intersectional work.” Guyette and Colleen Moore work at Beyond the Bomb, a grassroots campaign aimed at stopping nuclear war. “We work to...

    November 11, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Why Are We Rebuilding the ‘Nuclear Sponge’?

    The media is abuzz about the epic battle between corporate titans Northrop Grumman and Boeing over who will win the $100 billion contract to build a new nuclear-armed ballistic missile. For those who are keeping score, it looks like Northrop will win a sole-source contract, which would be a...

    November 7, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Is the Nuclear Order Worth Saving?

    "Who decides how human society and human civilization conducts its affairs: nine countries with nuclear weapons or everybody else?" Zia Mian asked Ploughshares Fund’s Michelle Dover. Mian says the world is shifting away from the superpower model of nuclear diplomacy. "During the Cold War, the US...

    November 1, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund