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.


By William D. Hartung

Jan-29-2018 | Report

The promise of jobs created by US weapons exports plays a major role in generating support for arms sales in Congress and the Executive Branch. During President Trump’s 2017 state visit to Saudi Arabia, he pledged $110 billion in new arms offers in the name of “jobs, jobs, jobs.”... Read More »

Commentary and Media Appearances in 2017

By William D. Hartung

Jan-03-2018 | Report

This listing includes articles by project director William D. Hartung; articles quoting or citing the project or its work; and radio and TV appearances. The project published 5 research reports; articles that appeared in 99 newspapers and web sites; project director William D. Hartung was quoted in 56 news outlets and appeared on 15 radio and TV programs. The 170 total media “hits” registered by the project added up to over three per week... Read More »

Donald Trump’s Dangerous Love Affair With Saudi Arabia & Its Impacts on Mideast Security

By William D. Hartung

Dec-04-2017 |

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States shocked the world. The contrast between his worldview and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, could not have been starker. The global forces of authoritarianism were given a huge boost by this turn of events while supporters of democracy and human rights were left demoralized and disillusioned. Among the governments that openly celebrated the 2016 presidential result, one country stands out—the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia... Read More »

15 Years Later, CIP Commemorates Disastrous US Choices in Iraq


Mar-19-2018 | Article

On the 15h Anniversary of the Iraq War, Center for International Policy experts comment on the disastrous choices the US has made in Iraq since 2003... Read More »

Mohammed Bin Salman: Brave Reformer Or Reckless Autocrat?

By William D. Hartung

Mar-15-2018 | Article

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—popularly referred to as MbS—will be in Washington next week to kick off a two-week U.S. public-relations tour designed to solidify his image as a reformer and seek investments in his ambitious reform plan for the Saudi economy... Read More »

Iraq: Weighing the costs of war

By William D. Hartung

Mar-13-2018 | Article

The war in Iraq, which began 15 years ago this month, was an unnecessary conflict spurred on by misleading claims about Saddam’s Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and his regime’s alleged ties to Al Qaeda. But there was another key element of the George W. Bush administration’s sales pitch for the war — the notion that it would be cheap and easy... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Great Decisions lecture series brings foreign policy experts to Williamsburg

Mar-06-18 | Williamsburg Regional Library

When: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in February and March. Where: Williamsburg Regional Library. Cost: $10 per lecture.... Read More »

“Perpetual War” a presentation and discussion with William Hartung

Jan-24-18 | On Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the First Congressional Church

With the current political climate creating a perpetual raincloud around our heads and our social media feeds, it can be hard to get out of that hopeless mindset. Even though it seems as though there is nothing that you can do to help, the Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) are providing some solutions for the Kalamazoo community. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the First Congressional Church, KNOW will be hosting a presentation and discussion with author William Hartung titled, “Perpetual War: Massive Human and Economic Costs of the Corporate Grip on the Pentagon Budget.”... Read More »

At the Turning Point: Economics, Security, and American Politics

Nov-13-17 | November 13, 2017 1100 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005 Suite 200 East, 2nd floor, east tower

Economists for Peace and Security will hold its 10th annual policy Symposium in Washington DC on November 13, 2017, to discuss economics, and American politics as well as the economic dimensions of current critical security issues. The program will feature three panels of senior specialists who will present the elements of a program to address the most fundamental issues animating American political discourse... Read More »

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