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

  • A new, hopeful moment for US nuclear policy

    Underneath the daily, depressing headlines, five converging trends offer hope, for the first time in more than a decade, for dramatic positive change in US nuclear policy. The first trend is the growing recognition that current US nuclear security strategies have failed to make America safer....

    April 17, 2019 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Democrats Are Pushing for a New Nuclear Policy

    There is a new urgency and momentum on nuclear issues in Congress. Triggered initially by an impetuous president’s unfettered ability to launch a nuclear strike, concerns have mounted as Trump administration policies worsen already serious nuclear threats. Members are rousing to action with new...

    February 13, 2019 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Tear up the INF Treaty, Start a New Arms Race

    John Bolton and Donald Trump are shredding the nuclear safety net that Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, labored for fifty years to construct. We must stop them before it is too late. In recent days, we have received more requests for funding than we can meet. Requests from...

    February 11, 2019 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Welcome to the new nuclear arms race

    If you missed out on the first nuclear arms race, you’re in luck. It’s back. On Friday, the Trump administration announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a landmark deal signed in 1987 by President Reagan. This treaty marked the beginning of the...

    February 5, 2019 - By Tom Collina
  • INF Treaty Withdrawal

    The Trump administration's announcement of withdrawal from the INF Treaty, a key nuclear arms control agreement between the United States and Russia, is a major blow to the nuclear security safety net constructed over several decades. The withdrawal will likely further thrust the US and Russia...

    February 1, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Stopping Trump's Wall in Space

    President Trump vowed on Thursday, as The New York Times put it, to “reinvigorate and reinvent American missile defenses.” The president’s problematic presentation followed the release of his administration's long-delayed Missile Defense Review, a wasteful, destabilizing plan which...

    January 18, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Dem-led House can return sanity to nuclear weapons debate

    Since the election of President Donald Trump two years ago, advocates of sane nuclear policy have been faced with a serious deficit of enlightened political leadership in key positions of power. President Trump has called for new and more "usable"” nuclear weapons, is seeking to abandon key arms...

    November 9, 2018 - By Tom Collina
  • Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race

    Last year, we did not really know what President Trump’s election would mean for those of us working to keep the world safe from nuclear weapons. We thought that perhaps we could work with him to reduce the US nuclear stockpile and build new, global nuclear security agreements. After all,...

    March 23, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • 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