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 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.

Action Alert War is Not the Answer in North Korea 

This is not a hopeful plea. It is a cold assessment of the reality that must guide our nation.

Update Of Hope and Determination 

In the midst of tough votes on Pentagon spending, the health care victory this week shows the power of constituent action -- and hope for a way forward.

Action Alert Vote This Week on More Money for War 

The House passed the military "minibus" 235-192 in a nearly party-line vote.

Background Get the Facts: Pentagon Spending 

The United States should not increase the military budget as some Congressional leaders are urging. Review five fact sheets on why a Pentagon spending increase will be a waste of funds and not make America any safer.

Background Hard Truth on North Korea 

North Korea is an odious regime, offending the vision of equity, justice, and peace that FCNL pursues—but we cannot wish it away. While there are no ideal options, some options are undoubtedly worse than others. Diplomacy and peacebuilding may have their risks, but only they hold a chance of opening a way to a better tomorrow.

Update Bombs and Billionaires over Health and Humanity  

The Pentagon spending bills that have advanced through House and Senate panels have the same vision as the House and Senate “health care” proposals.

Update The Trump Budget Would Wildly Inflate Already-Oversized Pentagon Spending 

Make no mistake: this is a war budget, for today and for years to come. It would fund more of everything and anything the Pentagon wants, but it would slash the basic support many struggling Americans need.