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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 Future of Pentagon Spending in the New Political Climate

By William D. Hartung

Nov-16-2016 | Report

The results of the presidential election have troubling implications for the future of Pentagon spending, and for how the U.S. military is likely to be used in the years to come. We need the wisdom of everyone who cares about peace to figure out the best way to move forward in what could be a very difficult period for the issues and values we care about most. There is no more important time than right now to be doing this work.... Read More »

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 »

Pentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine

By William D. Hartung

Dec-06-2016 | Article

The revelation this week by “The Washington Post” that the Pentagon buried a report that exposed $125 billion in waste in the department’s administrative operations is just the latest indication that it is more interested in padding its budget than spending taxpayer dollars wisely... Read More »

Media Ignoring Mattis's Ties to Top Defense Contractor

By William D. Hartung

Dec-02-2016 | Interview

William Hurting says Trump's latest pick for Secretary of Defense is a gift to the defense industry ... Read More »

A policy of military restraint makes good sense

By William D. Hartung

Nov-24-2016 | Letter

In addition to trillions of dollars in tax cuts and a $1 trillion infrastructure program, Mr. Trump has proposed a massive military spending binge while the Pentagon’s budget is already at historically high levels — higher than during the peak year of the Reagan administration’s buildup in the 1980s, after adjusting for inflation... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

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 »

CIP in the Press
  • Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Yemen

    William D. Hartung quoted

    The McGill International Review , 12-05-16

    Many believe that, should the US demand an end to the bombings, Saudi Arabia would have to oblige. William Hartung, from the Center for International Policy, stated that “without US support, there’s no way Saudi coalition could wage war at this level”...Read More »

  • The Rules of the (Trump) Game

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Sputnik International, 12-03-16

    William Hartung, at the Center for International Policy, A Pentagon Rising: Is a Trump Presidency Good News for the Military-Industrial Complex? notes how "Pentagon spending is one of the worst possible ways of creating jobs...Read More »

  • Mattis at Pentagon

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Kansas City InfoZine, 12-02-16

    "The person currently rumored to be the frontrunner ... is General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, a 44-year Marine and former head of the U.S. Central Command who left the military in 2013 amid disagreements with the Obama administration over how many troops to deploy in Iraq and how hard a line to take on Iran"...Read More »