Jeff Pudlo

Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo, Staff Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Jeff Pudlo is FCNL's Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending.

Prior to joining FCNL, Jeff was Legislative Director of the Peace Alliance, where he researched and lobbied on both foreign affairs issues and criminal and juvenile justice issues. His work helping grassroots advocates connect to their Members of Congress played a key role in the passage of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act, which requires that all deaths in police custody be reported to the FBI. His efforts at the Peace Alliance also helped lead to House passage of the Youth PROMISE Act, a bill that would create a system to help communities create violence prevention programs and supports for at-risk youth.

He interned in the Senate with Senator Kay Hagan and graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Clarkson University. He is from Greensboro, N.C., where his family attends New Garden Friends Meeting.

Articles by Jeff Pudlo

Update Military Spending Continues to Spiral Out of Control Despite Progressive Efforts 

Early in 2017, in the first months of the Trump administration, Congress increased Pentagon spending by $15 billion over the levels of the outgoing Obama administration. The total—$634 billion— was more in inflation-adjusted terms than the United States spent at the height of the Vietnam War.

Update The Senate Armed Services Committee Wants to Speed Up a Return to Nuclear Testing. That’s a Terrible Idea. 

Behind the closed doors of a secret Senate Armed Services Committee markup last week, Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) introduced an amendment, which passed on a party line vote, to provide funding to speed up a possible return to nuclear testing.

Update Major Progress on Defense Policy Bill 

Last week brought major victories for FCNL’s lobbying priorities when the House moved to reject unnecessary and destabilizing new weapons systems, and preserve longstanding treaties.

Update Pentagon Flunks its Audit; Congress Must Demand Accountability 

Last month, the Pentagon finally completed its first ever department-wide audit. It failed.

Update Hungry Children Cannot Eat Warplanes 

Amid a Washington frenzied these past weeks over hurricanes, high-level convictions, tell-all books, and high-stakes nomination hearings, you might not have heard that Congress has just reached a final deal for a massive $717 billion Pentagon spending measure.

Update Congress Greenlights Trump’s Dangerous New Nuke 

Congress just passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act. In it, Congress approved the Trump administration’s request for a new submarine-launched “low-yield” nuclear warhead.

Update Military Policy Bill Moves to the Senate 

Just before Memorial Day, the House passed its initial version of the bloated annual National Defense Authorization Act—the main military policy bill that Congress approves every year.

Update What We're Reading on North Korea 

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the constant stream of rapidly changing news about North Korea. However, we’ve assembled these articles to offer you important context and perspectives on the current crisis, demonstrating the consequences for choosing war and the opportunities possible with diplomacy.

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.