The World’s Nuclear Arsenals Are Growing

April 8th, 2023 - by Win Without War

The World’s Nuclear Arsenals Are Growing
Win Without War

(April 5, 2023) — It may not have made the headlines, but news that the global nuclear arsenal grew by more than 100 warheads last year — each with the power to destroy an entire city and kill millions — is cause for alarm.

The world’s nuclear-armed countries hold the destructive power of 135,000 Hiroshima bombs. Last year, Congress contributed to this by expanding the already massive US arsenal with nuclear-armed submarines, more missiles, and new warheads.

Now, as Putin plans to place tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, tensions are only increasing — and a new report from former Pentagon officials is pouring fuel on the fire by calling for even more unnecessary, apocalyptically dangerous weapons.

With the Doomsday Clock mere seconds away from midnight — the moment of global catastrophe — this backward thinking only heightens the possibility of a nightmare scenario: nuclear war. 

Today, as the world barrels toward a doomsday scenario, every weapons lobbyist in town is heading back to the Hill to spread the LIE that more weapons will make us safe. Gar, you and I know you can’t have it both ways on nukes. Congress accelerating a nuclear arms race to the bottom could end the world as we know it, and it’s time to change course.

Luckily, a crucial chance is coming up fast as Congress digs into negotiations over government spending. We’re gearing up during an incredibly urgent moment to raise the alarm in the media, rally our champions in Congress, and mobilize hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists. We can’t do it alone — to drown out the war lobby and push back on ANY attempts to pad the nuclear war budget, we need you with us.

Arms Industries Profit As Nuclear Arsenals Grow
ALL nine nuclear-armed countries have recently increased their weapons spending, and experts expect the global nuclear arsenal will only grow.

It’s an absolute windfall for weapons contactors. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reports that companies including Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman are making money hand over fist — about $256 in nuclear weapon contract money for every $1 they spend lobbying on “defense.”

But here’s the kicker: Despite governments across the globe spending $82.4 BILLION on nukes in 2021 alone, there was NO measurable improvement in security.

UN Secretary General Guterres has called this sham out for what it is: “These weapons offer false promises of security and deterrence — while guaranteeing only destruction, death, and endless brinkmanship.”

We’ve got to change course before it’s too late. That’s why we’re launching a crucial campaign to push Congress toward disarmament and away from global devastation. First, we push back during the upcoming fight: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), where the funds get authorized. Then, we go EVEN HARDER to stop Congress from spending even one dime on unnecessary, dangerous nukes during the appropriations process — and this work is all gearing up now.

It’ll take a massive effort from partners across the movement, key members of Congress, and every defense official and expert who agrees that we’ve got to do everything we can to avoid a nightmare nuclear scenario. What happens next will be pivotal, and we need you with us.

Families across the country are making tough choices about where to spend their money. And the truth is that a donation to Win Without War isn’t going to pay cash dividends like Raytheon’s lobbying dollars do. But it does mean that we’re accountable to you and to our shared vision of a world free from nuclear weapons.