Arms & Security Project

About Arms & Security Project

Promoting reforms in U.S. policies on nuclear weapons, military spending and the arms trade.

The Arms and Security Project engages in media outreach and public education aimed at promoting reforms in U.S. policies on nuclear weapons, military spending and the arms trade. It seeks to advance the notion that diplomacy and international cooperation are the most effective tools for protecting the United States. The use of military force is largely irrelevant in addressing the greatest dangers we face, from terrorism, to nuclear proliferation, to epidemics of disease, to climate change, to inequities of wealth and income. The allocation of budgetary resources needs to be changed to reflect this reality.

Program goals include:

- Promoting substantial cuts in military spending as an integral part of any plan to reduce the federal deficit.

- Playing a central role in efforts to accelerate reductions in nuclear arsenals and increase spending on programs designed to prevent nuclear weapons and bomb-making materials from getting into the hands of terrorists.

- Sparking a dialogue on the implications of the U.S. role as the world’s number one arms exporting nation, poised to sell $40 billion in weaponry in 2011 alone.

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

By Jacob Marx

Aug-26-2014 | Policy Brief

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft

By William D. Hartung

Jan-22-2014 | Report

Lockheed Martin's assertions that the development and construction of the F-35 combat aircraft sustains 125,000 jobs in 46 states are exaggerated says Hartung, and his latest report documents how the real number is roughly half of what Lockheed Martin claims... Read More »

To Avoid Escalating the War, Don't Arm Syrian "Moderates"

By William D. Hartung

Sep-17-2014 | Article

A recent hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria gave some insight into whether the administration will be able to wage a limited war against what it claims is a virtually unlimited threat... Read More »

Pentagon is Still Overfunded

By William D. Hartung

Sep-16-2014 | Article

In the budget battles of the coming years, taxpayers should demand that the Pentagon do a far better job with the money it already has before it asks for billions more... Read More »

We Already Have Boots on the Ground in Iraq

By William D. Hartung

Sep-11-2014 | Article

Carrying out the president's new strategy of "destroying" ISIS could mean thousands of more boots on the ground... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

Nov-15-12 | Vassar College Rockefeller Hall Room 300

William Hartung will be speaking at Vassar College on Thursday, November 15. The topic of discussion will be "Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending" ... Read More »

Curbing the Profits of War: Transparency and Accountability in Military Contracting

Mar-29-12 | Open Society Institute - Washington DC 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 7th Floor Washington D.C. 20006 United States

The discussion centers around the book Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William Hartung, which has just been reissued in paperback. ... Read More »

Reception to Celebrate the Paperback Release of "Prophets of War"

Mar-08-12 | The Mott House 122 Maryland Ave., NE Washington, DC

Please join us for an evening in celebration of the paperback release of Arms & Security Project director Bill Hartung's "Prophets of War."... Read More »

Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

By William D. Hartung, Stephen Miles

Jul-17-2012 | Fact Sheet

As defense contractors play to American's fears of poor security to increase military spending, Bill Hartung and Stephen Miles reveal the facts about Pentagon spending... Read More »

Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator

By William D. Hartung

Jan-17-2012 | Policy Brief, Fact Sheet

Plans for cutting the federal deficit have raised an important question: what impact would military spending reductions have on jobs? This fact sheet is an update with new numbers from 2011 for U.S. employment effects of military and domestic spending. ... Read More »

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