FAS president Dr. Charles Ferguson joins 99 experts from the nonproliferation and arms control community in signing a letter to President Obama expressing frustration and concern over budget cuts for vital nuclear material security and nonproliferation programs, and urges Obama to work with Congress to increase funding for core nuclear security programs.
The FY 2015 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) reduces funding for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) and the International Nuclear Materials Protection Program (IMPC) by 25% and 27%. Reducing funding for these programs increases the amount of time it will take to secure or eliminate dangerous materials that could be used by terrorists in an improvised nuclear explosive device or a dirty bomb.
100 experts on national security and nuclear non-proliferation issues signed the letter including Senator Byron Dorgan (ND); Lt. Generals John Castellaw (USMC ret.), Robert Gard (USA ret.) and Arlen D. Jameson (USAF ret.); and Ambassadors Kenneth C. Brill, Ralph Earle II, Thomas Graham Jr., Peter Galbraith and Nancy Soderberg. The letter originated with the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.