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.

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 »

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By CIP

Dec-09-2013 | Report

Find out how CIP can make a difference in facing some of the world's largest problems... Read More »

Risk and Returns: The Economic Illogic of the Obama Administration's Arms Export Reforms

By William D. Hartung

Aug-21-2013 | Report

The Obama administration's plans to dramatically loosen U.S. arms export controls will likely lead to an easier time for smugglers in the near future... Read More »

We still can’t afford the F-35

By William D. Hartung

Apr-14-2014 | Article

The troubled F-35 combat aircraft program has turned a corner. At least that’s what program advocates claimed last Tuesday at a hearing before the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee... Read More »

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

By William D. Hartung

Apr-01-2014 | Article

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law... Read More »

Ukraine's Crisis Doesn't Justify Overspending on the Pentagon

By William D. Hartung

Mar-11-2014 | Article

Russia's military takeover of Crimea is an unacceptable violation of international law, but it provides no justification for increasing the Pentagon's already bloated budget, as many observers have been asserting in recent weeks... 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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