Nuclear Weapons

  • Guest blog by Alexandra Toma

    September 7, 2011 - By admin
  • Whether it came from accident or malice, the likely consequences of any nuclear attack are difficult to fully comprehend. Billions – maybe trillions – of dollars in damage would result, perhaps tens of thousands of lives would be lost with even more injured or sick, not to mention supply lines cut off and massive panic across the nation.

    In a nation that spends billions of dollars on insurance each year for natural catastrophes from fires and earthquakes to flooding, one would assume that preparing for a man-made disaster of nuclear proportions would be high up on our list of budget priorities. Sadly, this is not the case.

    August 30, 2011 - By Peter Fedewa
  • Video games are often accused of promoting violence, stunting social skill growth and leading to inactive lifestyles. Now, they could be contributing to something even more dangerous – the creation of nuclear weapons.

    August 12, 2011 - By Megan Murphy
  •  In January, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned us that government’s fiscal management might at some point become one of the nation’s largest threats to national security:

    August 9, 2011 - By Margaret Swink
  • August 9, 2011 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • August 8, 2011 - By Joe Cirincione
  • The U.S. currently possesses nearly half of the world’s nuclear warheads. Each warhead type has its own story and takes its own path through the system. All of these warheads are born in the Department of Energy (DoE) and then reside with the Department of Defense (DoD). Many warheads eventually return to the DoE for dismantlement but some become “trapped” in the DoD through a seemingly endless cycle of upgrades, redeployments or storage in the stockpile.

    Below is an attempt to trace the path a warhead may take as it moves through the phases of its life-cycle (full view).

    August 5, 2011 - By Peter Fedewa
  • August 3, 2011 - By Joel Rubin
  • The largely positive recent meeting between Pakistan and India’s foreign ministers marks an uptick in bilateral relations, but the two countries

    July 29, 2011 - By Rizwan Ladha
  • Just weeks after outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates painted a grim picture of NATO’s future, experts weighed in with their own prescriptions for the alliance's nuclear future.

    July 25, 2011 - By Ploughshares Fund