About Us

Mission Statement

Through comprehensive research, public education, and effective citizen action, Nuclear Watch New Mexico seeks to promote safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities; mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs; greater accountability and cleanup in the nation-wide nuclear weapons complex; and consistent U.S. leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons.


Veteran New Mexican anti-nuclear activists founded Nuclear Watch New Mexico in December 1999. Since then we have engaged in many successful efforts to address nuclear weapons issues, across the spectrum of disarmament, nonproliferation, open government and environmental concerns.

Who We Are

Jay Coghlan, Executive Director

Scott Kovac, Operations and Research Director

Sophia Stroud, Digital Content Manager

NukeWatch staff members can be reached at info@nukewatch.org

NuclearWatch Steering Committee members: Chuck Montano, Betty Billups, Richard Johnson, Shelby Miller, Lon Burnam, Paul Carroll, Christopher Paine, Deborah Reade, Mary Riseley

Legal advisor: John Stroud

Fiscal Agent

Southwest Research and Information Center of Albuquerque, NM, a 501(c)3 organization, is the fiscal agent for Nuclear Watch New Mexico. Contributions to Nuclear Watch are tax-deductible.


Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has this to say about Nuclear Watch NM:

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight
Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight

"Nuclear Watch New Mexico gives incredible bang for the buck in nuclear weapons issues. This small, lean organization is very effective, and POGO often relies on them for information and advice on the U.S.' nuclear weapons complex.

As one past example, NukeWatch managed to persuade Senator Jeff Bingaman to legislatively require an independent lifetime study of the plutonium pit cores of nuclear weapons. The resulting expert finding that pits last at least 100 years, more than double the government's previous estimates, led to the historic congressional rejection of new-design nuclear weapons and related expanded plutonium pit production.

Today, NukeWatch is making the contractors that profit from nuclear weapons programs more accountable by forcing the government to release its performance evaluation reports. Most importantly, NukeWatch is in the forefront of the fight against enormously expensive 'Life Extension Programs' that give existing nuclear weapons new military capabilities, contrary to official U.S. policy.

If you really want a future world free of nuclear weapons, you can hardly make a better investment than to give to Nuclear Watch New Mexico. They need and deserve your support so that they can carry on their groundbreaking work. I urge you to be generous with them!"

Our Supporters

Nuclear Watch New Mexico is supported by the Ploughshares Fund: Investing in Peace and Security Worldwide, the Windfall Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation Donor Advised Grants, the New Mexico Community Foundation, the New-Land Foundation, the Stewart Mott foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and by generous donors like you. Thank You!