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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.

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 »

Pentagon Spending in Tennessee

By William D. Hartung

Oct-05-2015 | Report

Tennessee is 37th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving $1.24 billion in FY2014 (USASpending). It received $190 in Pentagon awards per capita in FY2014 and ranked 48th in per capita awards relative to other states. Comparatively, Tennessee received $1.23 billion in FY2013 (USASpending). With a GDP of $300.6 billion in FY2014, DoD contracts accounted for approximately .41% of Tennessee’s GDP (Bureau of Economic Analysis).... Read More »

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

By William D. Hartung

Apr-28-2016 | Article

It was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the history of Pentagon procurement. Last October an air surveillance blimp, designed to help protect the DC area from an attack by enemy cruise missiles, broke free of its moorings and went on a three hour joyride from its Maryland base until it finally crashed in a wooded area in northeast Pennsylvania... Read More »

Things Lawmakers Should Do Before They Complain About Military Readiness

By William D. Hartung

Apr-22-2016 | Article

A common refrain on Capitol Hill in recent months has been the need to increase Pentagon spending to address a readiness crisis caused by inadequate training and equipment. But few members of Congress have been willing to support simple budgetary changes that would help fix things. A few common-sense Congressional actions would go a long way toward funding troops’ preparedness... Read More »

As Saudis Continue Deadly Bombing of Yemen, Is Obama Trading Cluster Munitions for Riyadh's Loyalty?

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2016 | Interview

President Obama’s fourth visit to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council comes as human rights organizations have been pressing Congress to block arms sales to the kingdom in the wake of Saudi-led coalition strikes in Yemen. The United Nations estimates more than 3,000 civilians have been killed since the Saudi bombing campaign began last March. We speak with William Hartung, senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor, who recently wrote in The New York Times that "Obama Shouldn’t Trade Cluster Bombs for Saudi Arabia’s Friendship." Hartung is also the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. His latest book is called "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex."... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • Public Comment- Saudi Arabia & 9/11

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Berkeley Daily Planet, 04-22-16

    As William Hartung, senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor opinioned “We should not be trading Saudi friendship for cluster bombs (banned by international law).” ...Read More »

  • Tunisia’s Getting More Guns Than Democracy

    Seth Binder quoted

    Foreign Policy, 04-21-16

    “The [nearly] $100 million budget request is not the total amount going to Tunisia,” said Seth Binder, an analyst at the Security Assistance Monitor. “There are other pots of money going around used to finance militaries abroad,” like the shadowy Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF), a Defense Department funding program to train and equip foreign militaries to combat terrorist activities...Read More »

  • Saudi-U.S. Tensions Haven’t Slowed Obama’s Weapons Spigot

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Vocativ, 04-20-16

    “The White House claims these sales are going to stabilize the region, but it’s the opposite,” William Hartung, a senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor, a watchdog group, told Vocativ. “The idea that you can reassure the GCC with more weapons makes no sense. It’s a huge mistake.”...Read More »