"I learned so much about arms control and disarmament at ACA! I learned more about arms control here in four months than I had in all three years at my college."

– Alicia Sanders-Zakre
Intern, Fall 2016
December 16, 2016
Support ACA's Vital Work in 2012

December 9, 2011

Dear friend:

Over the past three years, the Arms Control Association and its allies have catalyzed significant momentum for nuclear disarmament.

But big challenges remain. There is more that we can and must do to prevent the use and spread of nuclear weapons and to achieve a world without nuclear weapons--for our generation and the generations to come.

That's why I'm asking you once again to help support ACA's vital work with a generous, tax-deductible, online contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or more.

Your support will enable ACA to inform and influence pivotal policy decisions in 2012 that could open the door to dramatic progress in the years ahead. These include:

  • Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran through diplomacy. ACA continues to assemble key experts and the facts to explain why pragmatic engagement--not simply sanctions and not military action--is the most effective way to take Tehran off the nuclear weapons path.
  • Pressing for deeper U.S.-Russian nuclear weapons cuts. We can't stop with New START. ACA will continue to make the case for reciprocal reductions below 1,000 warheads each and engaging other nuclear-armed states in the disarmament process.
  • Discarding Cold War-era nuclear targeting and alert postures. ACA is also lobbying President Obama to implement overdue changes to U.S. nuclear weapons doctrine that would reduce their role and number and would open the way for deeper reductions.
  • Bringing tactical nuclear weapons into the nuclear arms control process. ACA has encouraged a high-level dialogue and fresh thinking within NATO on how obsolete U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons can finally be removed from Europe.
  • Trimming expensive and unnecessary nuclear weapons spending. In the context of Washington's deficit reduction debate, ACA has helped focus attention on the more than $45 billion in savings that can be achieved over 10 years by cutting back on costly and unnecessary new strategic nuclear-armed submarines, bombers, and missile systems.

And of course, ACA will also take advantage of other opportunities in 2012. We will continue to build support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; promote creative strategies to halt fissile material production; renew efforts to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions; track efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear material; and push for the negotiation of an effective conventional Arms Trade Treaty; and more.

Your tax-deductible contribution will give you and others access to the leading journal in the field, Arms Control Today, and help us continue to raise public awareness, inform the news media, hold policymakers accountable, dispel arms control myths, and promote effective policy solutions.

With ACA's hard-working professional staff, our network of experts, and our strong reputation among lawmakers and opinion leaders, ACA succeeds in making a positive difference.

That's why the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized ACA earlier this year as one of the few "exceptional organizations that effectively address pressing national and international challenges and that have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size."

But in order to maintain our high level of impact, we need your continuing support. Now.

ACA's budget is stretched to the limit.  Our low overhead costs allows us to put our resources into programs, not fundraising and administration. We make the most of each individual contribution.

Thank you for your past and continued support.


Daryl G. Kimball,
Executive Director

P.S. A contribution of $65 or more in a year gives you access to an individual print and digital subscription to Arms Control Today.