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.

Commentary and Media Appearances in 2017

By William D. Hartung

Jan-03-2018 | Report

This listing includes articles by project director William D. Hartung; articles quoting or citing the project or its work; and radio and TV appearances. The project published 5 research reports; articles that appeared in 99 newspapers and web sites; project director William D. Hartung was quoted in 56 news outlets and appeared on 15 radio and TV programs. The 170 total media “hits” registered by the project added up to over three per week... Read More »

Donald Trump’s Dangerous Love Affair With Saudi Arabia & Its Impacts on Mideast Security

By William D. Hartung

Dec-04-2017 |

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States shocked the world. The contrast between his worldview and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, could not have been starker. The global forces of authoritarianism were given a huge boost by this turn of events while supporters of democracy and human rights were left demoralized and disillusioned. Among the governments that openly celebrated the 2016 presidential result, one country stands out—the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia... Read More »

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

By William D. Hartung

Sep-27-2017 | Report

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves... Read More »

A Seat at the Table

By William D. Hartung

Jan-16-2018 | Letter

Theodore Postol suggests that a swarm of defensive drones hovering over the Sea of Japan might force Kim Jong-un to the bargaining table [“Destroyer of Worlds,” Forum, December]. But it could also be viewed as a way of increasing the United States’ ability to launch a first strike with impunity... Read More »

MLK NOW! AND THE FUTURE OF THE MOVEMENT FOR PEACE

By William D. Hartung

Jan-15-2018 | Article

I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours on the Martin Luther King holiday at MLK Now!, a gathering dedicated not only to honoring Dr. King’s legacy but also to spurring action on the issues he raised before he was taken from us 50 years ago this coming April... Read More »

Trump Is On His Way to Record-Setting Defense Spending in 2018

By William D. Hartung

Jan-11-2018 | Article

As the president doubles down on wars abroad, companies like Boeing stand to reap billions... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

At the Turning Point: Economics, Security, and American Politics

Nov-13-17 | November 13, 2017 1100 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005 Suite 200 East, 2nd floor, east tower

Economists for Peace and Security will hold its 10th annual policy Symposium in Washington DC on November 13, 2017, to discuss economics, and American politics as well as the economic dimensions of current critical security issues. The program will feature three panels of senior specialists who will present the elements of a program to address the most fundamental issues animating American political discourse... Read More »

Divest from the War Machine Summit

Oct-17-17 | UDC Law School, Washington DC 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

On October 21-22, 2017, CODEPINK is hosting a Launch Summit to kick off the “Divest from the War Machine” campaign. We will hear from a broad range of arms trade and foreign policy experts as well as divestment organizers who will teach the skills and knowledge necessary to create a successful divestment movement targeting the arms manufacturers at the roots of the war machine.... Read More »

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

Nov-20-15 | Temple Beth Shalom 205 E. Barcelona Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mel Goodman to speak on "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" in Santa Fe... Read More »

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