|published Thursday, September 16, 2010 ||2551 Views :: 0 Comments|
For Immediate Release September 16, 2010
Contact: Susan Gordon 505-473-1670
ANA APPLAUDS SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE VOTE
ON NEW START TREATY: WARNS INCREASED WEAPONS SPENDING
WILL UNDERMINE NATIONAL SECURITY AND WASTE BILLIONS
Today’s vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to move the New START Treaty out of committee is a positive step in arms reductions, according to a national network of nuclear weapons watchdog groups. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), said the full Senate should now move quickly to ratify the treaty to protect U.S. security. There has been strong bipartisan support for New START, demonstrating the importance of further reductions in nuclear weapons stockpiles in the United States and Russia.
While ANA applauds today’s vote, it is still only a step toward securing treaty ratification. ANA is appalled, however, at the demands made to secure the votes. Several Senators have called for further increases in spending for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in order to expand U.S. capacity to produce nuclear weapons.
The Obama Administration’s 2011 budget called for $80 billion to be spent over the next ten years to rebuild the nuclear weapons complex including three new production facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM, the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN and the Kansas City Plant. This is a 14% increase over the past year’s budget.
Despite this pledge by the Administration, a handful of Senator’s continue to demand even more money for NNSA claiming a $10 billion shortfall for construction of new production plants.
“The Obama Administration has provided more than enough money for NNSA. We have yet to see justification that large investments in nuclear weapons are needed,” said Susan Gordon, ANA director. “In addition, Obama is playing a dangerous game that trades expanding nuclear weapons production capacity to securing treaty ratification. Spending more money on nuclear weapons programs sends the wrong message to other nations, and undermines U.S. leadership in calling for a nuclear weapons-free world.”
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability is a national network of three-dozen grassroots and national groups representing the concerns of communities near U.S. nuclear weapons sites that are directly affected by 65 years of nuclear weapons production and waste contamination.
|published Monday, May 17, 2010 ||3974 Views :: 0 Comments|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2010
Contact: Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch, 505.989.7342, c. 505.920.7118, email@example.com
Obama Bails Out Chance for Arms Reduction Treaty by Dramatically Increasing Nuclear Weapons Budgets
Fe, NM – Yesterday President Obama submitted the new bilateral
Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, which makes modest
reductions to the two countries’ nuclear weapons stockpiles, to the
Senate for ratification. At the same time he submitted a modernization
plan required by Congress that “includes investments of $80 billion to
sustain and modernize the [U.S.] nuclear weapons complex over the next
decade.” Given that two-thirds of the Senate is required for treaty
ratifications a large political fight was always expected over a second
attempt at ratifying the previously rejected Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty (CTBT). However, last December all 40 Republican senators plus
one independent wrote to President Obama demanding modernization of
both the stockpile and complex as a condition for New START
ratification. Meanwhile, the prospects for ratification of the CTBT
(first proposed by Prime Minister Nehru of India in 1954) look
|published Tuesday, February 02, 2010 ||3919 Views :: 0 Comments|
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010
By Martin Matishak
Global Security Newswire
-- The Obama administration yesterday unveiled a spending plan that
would increase funding for the U.S. National Nuclear Security
Administration to $11.2 billion in the next fiscal year (see GSN, Jan.
The agency, a semiautonomous branch of the Energy Department, would
receive a 13.4-percent budget increase in fiscal 2011 to maintain the
country's nuclear stockpile and conduct nonproliferation activities
around the globe, according to the White House funding request.
More than $7 billion would be devoted beginning Oct. 1 to "weapons
activities," which ensure the safety and performance of the nation's
atomic stockpile. The amount is a $624 million increase from this year.
$2.7 billion would be funneled to the agency's Defense Nuclear
Nonproliferation program, a hike of 25.8 percent above fiscal 2010.
That effort seeks to secure nuclear materials around the globe that
could be used for weapons and convert them for peaceful purposes.
|published Wednesday, January 27, 2010 ||8407 Views :: 8 Comments|
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability a national network of organizations working to address issues of nuclear weapons production and waste cleanup
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for immediate release Wednesday, January 27, 2010
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE U.S. DEPT. OF ENERGY FY 2011
NUCLEAR WEAPONS BUDGET REQUEST
The FY 2011 budget request will be released on Monday, February 1,
2010. The Obama administration has laid out an aggressive
nonproliferation agenda that includes deep reductions in nuclear
stockpiles, ratification of a nuclear test ban, and decreased
prominence for nuclear weapons in US defense policy. Despite this
agenda, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) budget request will ask
Congress to significantly increase nuclear weapons activities,
including funding for construction of new facilities that will expand
U.S. warhead production capacity. The DOE request will not reflect
recent independent scientific conclusions that existing nuclear weapons
can be reliably maintained for decades under current, well-established
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a
national network representing communities downwind and downstream from
U.S. nuclear weapons facilities, is concerned that increased funding
for nuclear energy and weapons research and production will rob
precious resources for needed environmental cleanup and clean,
sustainable energy solutions.
Items of interest:
|published Monday, January 25, 2010 ||2437 Views :: 2 Comments|
Published on National Catholic Reporter
by Joshua J. McElwee
Obama administration is moving ahead with the development of new
nuclear weapons components at three key weapons facilities at the same
time it is conducting a sweeping review of U.S. nuclear weapons
policies that could lead to further slashing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
the moment, U.S. nuclear weapons policies appear to be running in
contrary directions, and while some critics of U.S. nuclear policy are
cautiously optimistic, they are also worried President Obama’s nuclear
disarmament vision is not yet being supported by concrete policy
|published Wednesday, January 06, 2010 ||2063 Views :: 0 Comments|
Wall Street Journal Article Makes Ill Advised Recommendations on the Future of Nuclear Weapons
the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed supporting recommendations
made in a letter sent to the President by 40 Republican Senators and Senator Joe Lieberman. The op-ed supports construction of new
facilities and new warheads. The following is ANA’s analysis of the
Modernization takes focus away from investments in nuclear weapons complex expertise that actually do need to be made.
- Verification: The national nuclear laboratories can uniquely develop
technologies that will contribute to detecting nuclear tests around the
world and facilitate verification of nuclear weapons reductions under
arms control treaties with Russia.
- Safeguards: The national
laboratories can improve technologies to detect diversion for military
purposes of nuclear power technology or materials in countries without
- Dismantlement: The Labs can increase the rate of
dismantlement (process by which nuclear warheads are removed from the
stockpile, disassembled, and disposed of) to support permanent
reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
- Threat reduction at the
source: Consolidation, reduction and elimination of stockpiles of
nuclear weapon and nuclear weapons-usable materials where these
materials are produced and stored worldwide. Increasing funding for
these efforts advances U.S. ability to reduce and lock down vulnerable
nuclear materials and reduces the risk of nuclear terrorism
|published Wednesday, September 30, 2009 ||2920 Views :: 2 Comments|
By Matthew Cardinale, North American Correspondent, Inter-Press
Service; and News Editor, The Atlanta Progressive News (September 30,
Georgia, Sep 30 (IPS) - Despite statements by U.S. President Barack
Obama that he wants to see the world reduce, and eventually eliminate
nuclear weapons, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear
Security Administration continues to push forward on a programme called
Complex Modernisation, which would expand two existing nuclear plants
to allow them to produce new plutonium pits and new bomb parts out of
enriched uranium for use in a possible new generation of nuclear bombs.
Originally published at http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0522.html
|published Monday, September 14, 2009 ||1943 Views :: 1 Comments|
Originally published at
Posted on Sep 10, 2009
By Daniel Ellsberg
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Daniel Ellsberg’s
personal memoir of the nuclear era, “The American Doomsday Machine.”
The online book will recount highlights of his six years of research
and consulting for
the Departments of Defense and State and the White House on issues of
nuclear command and control, nuclear war planning and nuclear crises.
It further draws on 34 subsequent years of research and activism largely on nuclear policy , which followed the intervening 11 years of his preoccupation with the Vietnam War . Subsequent installments also will appear on Truthdig. The author is a senior fellow of theNuclear Age Peace Foundation .
American Planning for a Hundred Holocausts
day in the spring of 1961, soon after my 30th birthday, I was shown how
our world would end. Not the Earth, not—so far as I knew then—all
humanity or life, but the destruction of most cities and people in the
What I was handed, in a White House office,
was a single sheet of paper with some numbers and lines on it. It was
headed “Top Secret—Sensitive”; under that, “For the President’s Eyes
The “Eyes Only” designation meant that, in principle,
it was to be seen and read only by the person to whom it was explicitly
addressed, in this case the president. In practice this usually meant
that it would be seen by one or more secretaries and assistants as
well: a handful of people, sometimes somewhat more, instead of the
scores to hundreds who would normally see copies of a “Top
|published Friday, September 04, 2009 ||2529 Views :: 0 Comments|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2009
Contact: Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, 505.989.7342, c. 505.920.7118, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Fe, NM – Nuclear Watch New Mexico (NWNM) has discovered Los Alamos National Laboratory viewgraphs showing that the U.S. nuclear weapons labs want to leverage “stockpile modernization” through formal Safeguards attached to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty during Senate ratification. This modernization would include “large changes” made to existing nuclear weapons refurbished during existing Life Extension Programs, and/or complete “replacement designs” as early as 2015. Congress has rejected funding a new-design “Reliable Replacement Warhead” (RRW) for the last two years, but the labs have clearly not given up. Moreover, there is a danger that the Obama Administration might concede to some form of RRW in order to win the Congressional supermajority of 67 needed to ratify the CTBT. Further, Obama has just reappointed a formerly strong proponent of RRW to again head up the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
A decade ago, under President Clinton, the Senate rejected CTBT ratification. This last April, while declaring that a world free of nuclear weapons is a long term U.S. national security goal, President Obama pledged, “my Administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.” The Treaty’s declared purpose has always been to cut off the advancement of nuclear weapons. But the American labs, now endowed with supercomputer simulated testing, obviously believe that a ban to physical tests no longer blocks the deployment of new nuclear weapons designs. In contrast, they now even seek to enshrine the capability for major modifications and possible new-designs in CTBT Safeguards.
Ratification of the CTBT by the U.S. will be viewed internationally as a concrete sign of America’s commitment to fulfilling the 1970 NonProliferation Treaty’s mandate for nuclear disarmament. CTBT ratification before the May 2010 NPT Review Conference at the United Nations would be a diplomatic victory, if the Obama Administration can win the necessary Senate votes. Ironically, possible CTBT Safeguards enshrining new or heavily modified U.S. weapons designs could derail the strengthening of the global nonproliferation regime by demonstrating to other countries that the U.S. is not really serious about nuclear disarmament.
|published Monday, August 10, 2009 ||2823 Views :: 0 Comments|
years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we host a
roundtable discussion on the present nuclear landscape. We speak with
nuclear physicist and disarmament activist Pervez Hoodbhoy, peace
activist Frida Berrigan, and Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who
leaked the Pentagon Papers. Over the next year, Ellsberg will release
regular installments of his insider’s memoir of the nuclear era, “The
American Doomsday Machine.”
Frida Berrigan, Peace activist
and senior program associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the
New America Foundation. Previously, she served for eight years as
deputy director and senior research associate at the Arms Trade
Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New
Daniel Ellsberg, the
country’s best known whistleblower. In 1971 he leaked the Pentagon
Papers to the New York Times and the Washington Post. .
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Nuclear physicist and
disarmament activist. He is chair of the Physics Department at the
Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
Fuel Video can be seen at: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/10/for_the_64th_time_no_more