Arms & Security Project

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About Arms & Security Project

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:

  • Restructuring the Pentagon budget to address 21st century challenges, with a goal of reducing it to levels needed for defense while eliminating wasteful or ill-advised programs.
  • 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.

Ready to Profit: Corporate Beneficiaries of Congressional Add-Ons to the FY 2018 Pentagon Budget

By William D. Hartung,

May-02-2018 | Report

The final Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Pentagon and related spending -- on programs like work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy -- totaled $700 billion, tens of billions of dollars more than the Trump administration’s proposal... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Massachusetts

By William D. Hartung

Apr-06-2018 | Report

Massachusetts ranked 9th (USA Spending) in the country in Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $10.3 billion... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

By William D. Hartung

Mar-24-2018 | Report

Michigan ranked 24 th (USA Spending) in the country in terms of Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $3.09 billion 1... Read More »

Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

By William D. Hartung

Jul-18-2018 | Article

The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred the largest cholera outbreak in current memory. It’s hard to imagine the situation getting much worse, but it could, and soon... Read More »

NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

By William D. Hartung

Jul-17-2018 | Article

The alliance’s security issues can’t be fixed by a traditional military buildup... Read More »

Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses

By Laura Carlsen

Jul-15-2018 | Article

This was the last week for public comments on the Trump administration’s plan to reduce restrictions on the export of firearms from the United States. There was much to criticize. A number of arms control, human rights, and firearms safety groups have submitted detailed critiques of the proposed firearms export rule... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

US Role in a Changing World: Militarization of US Foreign Policy and the Future of Global Security

Apr-12-18 | Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Lunch) TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

Join CIP's William Hartung at the Women's National Democratic Club for a lecture and lunch. This talk will discuss the consequences of our current approach to solving complex security challenges, and how to create a more effective, less militarized approach to protecting America and the world... Read More »

Investing in Minds, Not Missiles: Recucing the Treat of Nuclear War

Apr-09-18 | Panel A Continuing Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: The Weapons Lobby: William Hartung (Center for International Policy)

MIT Panel A - Continuing Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: The Weapons Lobby: William Hartung (Center for International Policy)... Read More »

Jobs, Security, and Human Rights: Striking a Balance in U.S. Arms Export Policy

Apr-05-18 | DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 TIME: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM (90 minutes) LOCATION: Center for International Policy, 2000 M Street NW, Basement Conf. Room A, Washington, DC 20036C, 20036

Join leading experts in this event, which will seek to answer two main questions: 1) Are arms exports the best way to create jobs in the United States?; and 2) How should the administration and the Congress balance economic, strategic, and human rights factors to ensure that U.S. arms exports are serving U.S. and global security interests? This event is co-hosted by the Security Assistance Monitor and Forum on the Arms Trade. Media are especially encouraged to attend.... Read More »

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