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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.

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

By William D. Hartung

Apr-12-2017 | Report

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for International Policy released a report today on the proposed Trump military budget in historical, strategic, and budgetary perspective. The report entitled, The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm, reveals the full costs of U.S. spending on national security-related functions and demonstrates that much of that money is being misspent due to special interest lobbying and a distorted view of what will make America and its allies safer... Read More »

Articles and Media Appearances 2016

By William D. Hartung

Jan-19-2017 |

This report summarizes articles and media appearances by Arms and Security Project director William D. Hartung during 2016. The project’s work during 2016 focused on reining in Pentagon spending and reducing arms transfers to the Middle East, as part of a larger effort to promote a more effective U.S. foreign policy that focuses on preventing conflict rather than engaging in military action... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and Mideast Security

By William D. Hartung

Jan-11-2017 |

Despite the fact that it involves billions of dollars worth of weaponry, the U.S./UAE arms transfer relationship receives relatively little attention among the public, in the media, or in Congress. In part this is because the UAE connection is overshadowed by the U.S. role as the primary arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s use of U.S. arms in its brutal bombing campaign in Yemen. But the UAE’s increasingly effective military capabilities and growing regional security role deserve closer scrutiny, both because of their impact on the future of the region and their implications for the future of U.S. arms transfer policy... Read More »

Trump’s Budget Puts Lives at Risk

By William D. Hartung

May-23-2017 |

One of Donald Trump's most consistent refrains is his pledge to keep America safe by building up our military. Toward that end, his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon and related spending, to be offset by corresponding cuts in diplomacy and domestic programs... Read More »

There’s Less than Meets the Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

By William D. Hartung

May-22-2017 |

Donald J. Trump may be unpredictable, but there is one common theme that runs throughout his presidency: a penchant for exaggerating his achievements... Read More »

US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen

By William D. Hartung

May-20-2017 |

On the way to this week’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked what the Trump administration would do to bolster its ally in the war in Yemen... Read More »

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