Arms & Security Project

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.

U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

By William D. Hartung

Sep-07-2016 | Policy Brief

This issue brief provides information on the amounts and types of U.S.-supplied equipment in the Saudi arsenal, with a focus on air and ground forces. Much of this equipment has been put to use in the war in Yemen.... Read More »

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight

By William D. Hartung

Feb-10-2016 | Report

As Congress reviews the budget for the Pentagon and related programs for FY 2017, it should take action to prevent the rampant waste that has characterized the department’s operations in recent years. This report demonstrates that the Pentagon has a long way to go in rooting out waste and imposing basic budget discipline. Before the Department of Defense receives billions in additional taxpayer dollars, Congress should make sure that it has a plan to more efficiently spend the resources it is already receiving. The 27 examples in this report document over $33 billion in Pentagon waste. Many of the cases have only entered the public discussion recently, while some represent problems that have persisted for years... Read More »

Military Spending In Maryland

By William D. Hartung

Oct-21-2015 | Report

Maryland is 4th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving over $13.5 billion in FY 2014. It is 4th in the country for in contract awards per capita, with $2,260 being awarded per person in the state. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 4.2% of Maryland’s overall GDP in FY 2014.... Read More »

How Did a Nuclear Warhead End Up Lying in a Ditch in Arkansas?

By William D. Hartung

Sep-13-2016 | Article

The documentary Command and Control shows just how horrifyingly vulnerable we are to errors involving nuclear weapons. The question is not just whether Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un can be trusted with nuclear weapons; it is whether it is safe for any nation to possess them at all... Read More »

How the Pentagon became the world's weapon system superstore

By William D. Hartung

Sep-08-2016 | Interview

The United States is the world's largest arms merchant. It's not even close. So, who decides what gets sold, and to whom? And how closely does anyone follow the rules? This week on War College we look at the upsides, and the downsides, of having such a big share of the arms market... Read More »

‘You Don’t Get the Full Picture of What a Devastating Trade This Is’

By William D. Hartung

Aug-12-2016 | Interview

Janine Jackson interviewed William Hartung about US arms sales for the August 5, 2016, episode of CounterSpin... Read More »

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National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

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

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CIP in the Press
  • A Surprise at COMDEF; Arms Exports Soar…Again; Record Sales to Saudi; and more.

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Defense One, 09-14-16

    Obama Has Approved Most Arms Deals Ever to Saudi Arabia. That’s according to new white paper from William Hartung of the Center for International Policy. “Since taking office in January 2009, the Obama administration has offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any U.S. administration in the history of the U.S.-Saudi relationship,” Hartung writes. “The majority of this equipment is still in the pipeline, and could tie the United States to the Saudi military for years to come.”...Read More »

  • Obama administration offered $115b​n in weapons to Saudi Arabia: report

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Guardian, 09-13-16

    William Hartung of the Centre for International Policy, said another factor was a drive by US arms manufacturers to boost sales to compensate declining procurement by the Pentagon. However, the most recent deals – such as the offer to sell more than 150 M1A2 Abrams battle tanks for an estimated $1.15bn – were principally intended to replenish the Saudi arsenal, depleted in the war in Yemen...Read More »

  • The American Military-Industrial Complex kills democracy

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Chimes, 09-13-16

    The administration was also responsible for exporting $23 billion in weapons to foreign countries and, according to director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, is “credited with more than half the value of all global arms transfer agreements.” Obama has apparently been very beneficial to weapons makers and their profit margins...Read More »