Monica Montgomery

Program Assistant, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Monica Montgomery

Monica was FCNL's Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending for 2019-2020. Alongside constituents and coalition partners, she worked with Congress to promote bipartisan support for nuclear arms control and cutbacks in the level of defense spending. In addition to her lobbying tasks, she was responsible for maintaining the FCNL Nuclear Calendar.

Monica graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and peace studies, and a certificate in international security studies. Her honors thesis explored the influence of both external threats and domestic politics on the historical development of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. She was awarded the 2019 Yarrow Award in Peace Studies, given annually to a graduating student who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to peace and justice. Monica spent a semester abroad in Jerusalem and has studied Modern Standard Arabic.

While at Notre Dame, she worked as a research and office assistant at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and served as the 2019 co-chair of the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference. She has also previously interned at the Arms Control Association and in the district office of Sen. Bob Corker (TN). She is originally from Knoxville, TN.

Articles by Monica Montgomery

Update In the Shadow of the Coronavirus, Fate of New START Remains Unclear 

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts our lives and occupies the bulk of our attention, the status of a key pact—the New START nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia—hangs in the air.

Background “Proud to be an American?” What an American admiral forgets about nuclear war 

In late February, Adm. Charles Richard, head of US Strategic Command, told a House committee that the innovations going into a new nuclear warhead are what make him “proud to be an American.” Monica Montgomery, FCNL's program assistant for nuclear disarmament and Pentagon spending, countered that view in this op-ed.

Update Our Hopes and Fears for the 2020 State of the Union 

Between the escalation with Iran and the impeachment hearings, Congress has been abuzz with activity so far this year—and advocates have been hard at work, too. The president’s State of the Union address, set for Feb. 4, will serve as an important point of reflection for FCNL and all those working to create change in Congress.

Statement The Only America We Know Is an America at War 

As young adults, we only faintly remember what life was like before Sept. 11, if we remember at all. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, we have made it through elementary, middle, and high school. We’ve applied to colleges, finished our degrees, moved away from home, and entered the workforce—and the entire time, the U.S. has been carrying out military actions halfway across the world.

Update Building on the Pope's Call for Nuclear Abolition 

On Nov. 24, Pope Francis visited the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to renew his call for the global elimination of nuclear weapons.

Update Experts Hold Briefing on Korean Diplomacy in Quaker Welcome Center  

The Quaker Welcome Center was envisioned as a venue for bipartisan dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. On Oct. 4, the space once again fulfilled that vision.

Update House and Senate Head for a Showdown on Nuclear Policy 

The Trump administration has been taking the U.S. down a dangerous course by seeking new nuclear weapons. Congress can change our country’s direction, but a stark divide has emerged between the two chambers through the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process: While the House rejected several of the administration’s calls for nuclear weapons funding increases, the Senate plans to fully fund—and in some cases exceed—the administration’s requests.