Success! Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs Receive Full Funding
Congress has taken action to secure vulnerable bomb-grade nuclear material! Last week Congress finished drafting a bill that provides full funding to nuclear nonproliferation programs. Adequately funding these programs will help complete a plan to secure all bomb-grade nuclear material around the world within four years.
This is a great success! FCNL has been working throughout the budget process to ensure adequate funding. There is still enough nuclear material around the world to make 120,000 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs. Steps need to be taken to ensure that this material does not fall into the wrong hands. Since 2004, funding for key nonproliferations have more than tripled. FCNL has worked with legislators and constituents to ensure sufficient funding continues so that programs already in place remain successful.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of another landmark nonproliferation program, the Nunn-Lugar program. Nunn-Lugar has successfully dismantled over 7,600 nuclear warheads, destroyed hundreds of nuclear weapons delivery systems, and secured nuclear material from the former Soviet Union. The Nunn-Lugar program continues to run strong today. You can read about the anniversary on Program Assistant Tim Cullen's blog.