About Arms Control Association
The Arms Control Association, founded in 1971, is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.
Through its public education and media programs and its magazine, Arms Control Today, we provide policy-makers, the press and the interested public with authoritative information, analysis and commentary on arms control proposals, negotiations and agreements, and related national security issues. In addition to the regular press briefings the Arms Control Association holds on major arms control developments, the staff provides commentary and analysis on a broad spectrum of issues for journalists and scholars both in the United States and abroad.
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This website and the associated “U.S. Nuclear Excess” report was made possible by a grant from the Charles Koch Institute.
The Arms Control Association is also supported by generous grants from the following foundations:
Carnegie Corporation of New York
German Foreign Federal Office
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Pentagon Budget Campaign and the Colombe Foundation
Prospect Hill Foundation
Selma Ankist Family Trust
Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Foundation
Kingston Reif is the Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association, where his work focuses on nuclear disarmament, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. Reif is an expert on the legislative process and closely monitors Congressional action on these issues.
Alicia Sanders-Zakre is a former Policy and Programs Research Assistant at the Arms Control Association, where she contributed research and analysis, reports for Arms Control Today, and created and updates Arms Control Association online resources.
U.S. Nuclear Excess
The projected cost of the proposed U.S. nuclear spending spree is staggering and it is growing. The United States currently plans to spend nearly $500 billion, after including the effects of inflation, to maintain and replace its nuclear arsenal over the next decade. Over the next 30 years, the price tag is likely to top $1.5 trillion and could even approach $2 trillion. This report describes the ways in which this level of spending is unnecessary, unsustainable, and unsafe. It outlines three realistic options to reduce spending on nuclear weapons while still maintaining a devastating nuclear deterrent. The report also recommends key steps Congress can take to enhance affordability and improve its understanding of the underlying policy assumptions and long-term budget challenges.