Arms Control Association

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The Arms Control Association was founded in 1971 and is based in Washington, D.C.[1]


The 1982 budget of the Association was some $200,000, meaning that the group could wield considerable influence through its "educational" programs that included 25 or more briefings annually. According to a report dated February 22, 1982 by Ann Zill of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, these briefings were attended yearly by between 700 and 1,000 "academic and diplomatic people, government personnel and aficionado".

For 1982, ACA is sending "editorial advisories" to 1,000 medium to large newspapers in the United States on three issues: "How can a nuclear war start? What would the effects be? And how can one be prevented?" Prevention according to ACA means arms control agreements such as the rejected SALT II treaty in which the United States sends "signals" of peaceful intent to the USSR through major concessions.[1]

Circa Jun 1994, John Holum, President Clinton's director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), told the Arms Control Association during a speech that "the relationship between the ACDA director and the Arms Control Association very nearly approximates that between a junior executive and the corporate board".[2]


The Association claims to be a national nonpartisan membership organization,dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies:

"Through its public education and media programs and its magazine, Arms Control Today, ACA provides policy-makers, the press and the interested public with authoritative information, analysis and commentary on arms control proposals, negotiations and agreements, and related national security issues. In addition to the regular press briefings ACA holds on major arms control developments, the Association's staff provides commentary and analysis on a broad spectrum of issues for journalists and scholars both in the United States and abroad."[3]

In June 1994, the organization stated that its purpose was:

"Research and dissemination of research on topics pertaining to peace, international security, arms control, non-proliferation, disarmament, and defense policy."[2]



As at March, 1982, ACA's leaders included William Kincaid and former CIA official Herbert Scoville.[1]


As at June, 1994, the following served on the Board of Directors, or were trustees of the association:[2]



As at March 19, 2010, the following served on the Board of Directors:[3]



Directors Emeritus


As at March 19, 2010, the following were staff members of the Association:[3]

  • Oliver Meier, International Representative and Correspondent in the Berlin, Germany office


As at March 19, 2010, the following organizations were funders of the Association:[3]