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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 »

William Hartung on US Arms Trade

By William D. Hartung

Aug-05-2016 | Interview

“When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you’d expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade.” That’s the lead on a recent article by William Hartung. He’s director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of, most recently, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. We’ll ask him how it is that we hear so little about an industry that’s so big... Read More »

On Military Spending and National Defense: Interview with William Hartung

By William D. Hartung

Aug-03-2016 | Interview

Having served as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute in the past, William Hartung is the current director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. In addition, he has worked as a speechwriter, policy analyst, and author, who has published several books on the critique of U.S. arms sales policies. He has been featured on Huffington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and more... Read More »

The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

By William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2016 | Article

The world may be in turmoil, but the American arms industry is cashing in... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • Yes, Now You Can Purchase Your Very Own Russian T-72 Tank or Air Defense System

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The National Interest, 07-11-16

    There are U.S. companies that export foreign-supplied arms from the U.S. I believe they purchase, store them here and then re-export. What I'm less sure of is whether a U.S.-based firm would need a license for coordinating a deal where the equipment never touches U.S soil...Read More »

  • How Donald Trump will get real

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Star, 06-28-16

    “It’s hard to relate a lot of Trump’s statements to reality,” says William Hartung, director of the Washington-based Center for International Policy. “But it’s the sort of risk you don’t want to take.”...Read More »

  • What Is the US Military Trying to Hide About Its Missions in Africa?

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The Nation, 06-23-16

    “Congress and the public need to know about US military operations overseas, regardless of what euphemism is used to describe them,” says William Hartung, a senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor which tracks American military aid around the globe. “Calling something a ‘security cooperation activity’ doesn’t change the fact that US troops are working directly with foreign military forces.”...Read More »