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

Update President Trump’s Decision to Cancel Korea Summit Is a Mistake 

President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the planned June 12 meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore is a huge mistake that increases the risk of war. We are particularly alarmed by the open allusions to the use of nuclear weapons by both the North Koreans and the United States. This loose talk of nuclear war undermines diplomacy and reflects a careless disregard for the real cost of any military conflict on the Korean peninsula.

Update Keeping Faith in Diplomacy with North Korea 

Truth be told, the past few days have worried me too. I had been encouraged this spring to see South Korea’s diplomacy open new possibilities. As someone who has focused a career on nuclear proliferation, I was happy to express my thanks and praise when President Trump embraced direct engagement to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Initial House Defense Policy Bill Raises Concerns 

On May 9, the House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly backed an initial version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act setting policy prescriptions and spending targets for over $700 billion of military activity for the fiscal year starting this October. The full House will likely consider, tweak, and ultimately approve a version of the bill the week of May 21.

FCNL Joins With 21 Other NGOs to Oppose Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons  

On May 4, FCNL and 21 other organizations wrote to the Senate asking it to deny funding for a dangerous and destabilizing new "low-yield" nuclear warhead for the Navy's submarine launched ballistic missile that would increase the chances of nuclear war. Read the letter below.

Statement A Remarkable and Hopeful Korean Summit 

The historic April 27 meeting of the Korean leaders may not yet herald the end of all tension and strife on the long-troubled peninsula—but it does promise a bold, encouraging new beginning. It has opened a way to peace that has not existed for decades.

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 

Hopes for diplomacy have grown, but the risks of war with North Korea remain all too real.

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.