Anthony Wier

Legislative Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending


Anthony Wier

Anthony is our lead lobbyist and the director of FCNL's work on nuclear weapons policy and is the key team leader working on our efforts to rein in Pentagon spending. He is also responsible for maintaining FCNL’s Nuclear Calendar and for representing FCNL with the various coalitions that work on these issues.

Prior to joining FCNL in May 2017, Anthony worked for ten years for Congress and the State Department on nuclear nonproliferation issues and international security policy. His most recent experience prior to FCNL was at the U.S. Department of State where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs running a 20 person team guiding State Department interactions with Congress. Before that he worked on nonproliferation issues on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

Anthony also worked as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he helped craft and negotiate the resolution and accompanying committee report providing Senate advice and consent to ratification of the New START treaty and provided advice to the committee on nonproliferation, nuclear weapons issues, international nuclear cooperation, international arms sales, and export controls.

Anthony’s substantial resume also includes time as a Research Associate at the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard University and, before that, as a Program Examiner at the Office of Management and Budget International Affairs Division. He has a Masters of Public Affairs and a Masters of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Articles by Anthony Wier

Statement FCNL Supports Diplomatic Engagement with North Korea 

FCNL applauds President Trump for agreeing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May. A summit alone is not a solution -- but it is a start.

Update Diplomacy with North Korea: the Ball is in Our Court 

North Korea is back to being front page news this week. But, for once, it looks like it might be good news. I spoke with FCNL's Anthony Weir about the recent diplomatic breakthrough between North and South Korea, how the U.S. should respond, and what Congress can do.

Background Why We're Speaking Up on North Korea 

The prospect of war with North Korea is real – and growing. Kim Jong Un is taking dangerous and provocative steps, but aggressive rhetoric and Twitter threats from the Trump administration limit the space for diplomacy and negotiation.

Update What We're Reading on North Korea 

The constant stream of news about North Korea can overwhelm. These articles offer important context and perspectives on the current crisis. They explore the consequences for choosing war and the opportunities for diplomacy.

Background Stop a Nuclear War with North Korea 

As tensions rise between the U.S. and North Korea, FCNL is lobbying to defuse the most urgent risk of nuclear war in a generation.

Update Breaking the Militarism Mindset: The Pentagon Budget 

Today, U.S. taxpayers are giving as much money to the military as they did during the Vietnam War’s height. The Pentagon budget rivals military spending in the last years of the Cold War. And, unless we can change their minds, members of Congress are going to give the Pentagon even more.

Action Alert Prevent War with North Korea 

There's no way around it: War with North Korea would be catastrophic. With already-high tensions and President Trump's coming trip to South Korea and the region, we must act now to reduce the risk of war.

Statement FCNL Congratulates ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for receiving the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Background Congressional Timeline on Pentagon Spending 

Congress must take many steps to set the Pentagon’s final budget. For the fiscal year starting on October 1 (FY 2018), Congress and the president have already agreed to fund operations through December 8, 2017 at last year’s spending rate. Between now and then they still must reach a deal on the full year’s budget, or buy still more time.

Background Tracking Congressional Action on Pentagon Spending 

It can be hard to keep up with all the moving legislative parts that affect Pentagon spending levels for the fiscal year starting October 1 (that is, FY2018). Here is a brief primer.