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“We don’t have the luxury of wasting any time.” — Senator Edward M. Kennedy


> THE OPPORTUNITY IS NOW President Barack Obama is charting a new course in U.S. nuclear policy. At a time when nuclear threats are increasing, when there is widespread recognition of the failure of previous polices, a consensus is emerging across the political spectrum for deep reductions in nuclear

>

“Today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons....

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– President Barack Obama Prague, April 5, 2009

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change. We have to insist, yes, we can.”

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We, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot

Left: President Barack Obama in Prague, 2009; Right: Former Defense Secretary and Ploughshares Fund Advisor William Cohen with board member Michael Douglas and Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione.

arsenals. An unprecedented policy window has opened.

But the

Obama Administration’s efforts to “set a goal of a world without nuclear

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weapons and pursue it” are being met with criticism from partisan ideological forces and from skeptics who believe that change is neither desirable nor possible.

We have two years, possibly three, to take

the bold action this moment demands. The time for action is now.


> OUR CAMPAIGN

No other foundation, no other organization brings

At the hub of a global network of the world’s leading

We are implementing an ambitious, practical campaign

Starting now, Ploughshares Fund will provide strong

together the elements needed to seize this historic

experts and advocates, Ploughshares Fund is distinctively

aimed at nothing less than transforming U.S. nuclear

support for the Obama Administration’s new national

opportunity. With offices in San Francisco and

positioned to help bring about the most important

weapons policy. Over the next two years, Ploughshares

security posture in order to solidify policy gains.

> THE right TOOLS

> WHAT SUCCESS WILL LOOK LIKE

> Join the Campaign

We will provide the intellectual and

We will measure our progress against

Together we can seize this unique policy moment. But

commitments from funding partners who understand

political tools needed through:

tough benchmarks. Within the next twelve

we must act quickly.    This critical transformation in

the responsibility we share to build a safe, secure,

››Direct engagement with administration officials and

to twenty-four months we intend to see:

U.S. policy is more economical than you might expect.

nuclear weapon-free world.    With the stakes so high

Contrasted to the 20 billion dollars our government

and the opportunity so great, there has never been a

will spend over the next two years to maintain the U.S.

moment like this before.

members of Congress from both parties;

››An agreement to reduce U.S. and Russian warheads

Washington, D.C.—and with our own lobbyist on staff—

achievement of the Obama era, and our lifetimes. In

Fund will substantially accelerate our operations and

Ploughshares Fund is providing a unique combination

the words of Senator Chuck Hagel, a member of our

investments to take advantage of this critical opportunity.

of policy advocacy, access to the key decisionmakers

Board of Directors, “Ploughshares Fund is catalyzing the

We will both increase the total amount of our grants and

nuclear arsenal, Ploughshares Fund’s campaign is a

in the White House and on Capitol Hill, media visibility

momentum, courage and leadership to make the most

expand the scope of Ploughshares-initiated projects.   

bargain.    Over the coming 18 to 24 months we intend

and the financial resources to make targeted, strategic

of this transformational moment.”

››Outreach to the media in Washington and in key battleground states;

to 1,500 each, followed later by negotiations for even deeper cuts.

to spend a minimum of 20 million dollars on smart,

investments where they can have the greatest impact.   

CATALYZING THE MOMENTUM

This is an historic policy moment, but only if we make it so.

This is a fight we must win. We will win. Please join us.

strategic investments. We are seeking one- and two-year

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev at the Kremlin, 2009

Left: Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione; Center: Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher with John Isaacs, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Right: Ploughshares Fund board member Senator Chuck Hagel and Board Chairman Roger Hale

to refute misinformation and attacks;

››Expansion of public support among independent

thought leaders on national security policy, military and veterans organizations, religious communities, along with science, technology and business organizations;

Chajana den Harder

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››A rapid-response media capability to counter the voices of fear and ambivalence that will challenge our agenda.

››New U.S. policy guidance establishing that the sole

purpose of nuclear weapons is the prevention of their use by others.

››Ratification of the nuclear test ban by at least

67 votes in the U.S. Senate and facilitation of its entry into force.

››Increased support for the goal of a nuclear weapon-free world by global leaders.

››Containment of North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs.

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››Development of independent policy analyses

© Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

> Ploughshares fund


> OUR CAMPAIGN

No other foundation, no other organization brings

At the hub of a global network of the world’s leading

We are implementing an ambitious, practical campaign

Starting now, Ploughshares Fund will provide strong

together the elements needed to seize this historic

experts and advocates, Ploughshares Fund is distinctively

aimed at nothing less than transforming U.S. nuclear

support for the Obama Administration’s new national

opportunity. With offices in San Francisco and

positioned to help bring about the most important

weapons policy. Over the next two years, Ploughshares

security posture in order to solidify policy gains.

> THE right TOOLS

> WHAT SUCCESS WILL LOOK LIKE

> Join the Campaign

We will provide the intellectual and

We will measure our progress against

Together we can seize this unique policy moment. But

commitments from funding partners who understand

political tools needed through:

tough benchmarks. Within the next twelve

we must act quickly.    This critical transformation in

the responsibility we share to build a safe, secure,

››Direct engagement with administration officials and

to twenty-four months we intend to see:

U.S. policy is more economical than you might expect.

nuclear weapon-free world.    With the stakes so high

Contrasted to the 20 billion dollars our government

and the opportunity so great, there has never been a

will spend over the next two years to maintain the U.S.

moment like this before.

members of Congress from both parties;

››An agreement to reduce U.S. and Russian warheads

Washington, D.C.—and with our own lobbyist on staff—

achievement of the Obama era, and our lifetimes. In

Fund will substantially accelerate our operations and

Ploughshares Fund is providing a unique combination

the words of Senator Chuck Hagel, a member of our

investments to take advantage of this critical opportunity.

of policy advocacy, access to the key decisionmakers

Board of Directors, “Ploughshares Fund is catalyzing the

We will both increase the total amount of our grants and

nuclear arsenal, Ploughshares Fund’s campaign is a

in the White House and on Capitol Hill, media visibility

momentum, courage and leadership to make the most

expand the scope of Ploughshares-initiated projects.   

bargain.    Over the coming 18 to 24 months we intend

and the financial resources to make targeted, strategic

of this transformational moment.”

››Outreach to the media in Washington and in key battleground states;

to 1,500 each, followed later by negotiations for even deeper cuts.

to spend a minimum of 20 million dollars on smart,

investments where they can have the greatest impact.   

CATALYZING THE MOMENTUM

This is an historic policy moment, but only if we make it so.

This is a fight we must win. We will win. Please join us.

strategic investments. We are seeking one- and two-year

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev at the Kremlin, 2009

Left: Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione; Center: Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher with John Isaacs, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Right: Ploughshares Fund board member Senator Chuck Hagel and Board Chairman Roger Hale

to refute misinformation and attacks;

››Expansion of public support among independent

thought leaders on national security policy, military and veterans organizations, religious communities, along with science, technology and business organizations;

Chajana den Harder

© Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Chajana den Harder

Chajana den Harder

››A rapid-response media capability to counter the voices of fear and ambivalence that will challenge our agenda.

››New U.S. policy guidance establishing that the sole

purpose of nuclear weapons is the prevention of their use by others.

››Ratification of the nuclear test ban by at least

67 votes in the U.S. Senate and facilitation of its entry into force.

››Increased support for the goal of a nuclear weapon-free world by global leaders.

››Containment of North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs.

Chajana den Harder

››Development of independent policy analyses

© Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

> Ploughshares fund


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