Arms & Security Project

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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.

US Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen

By William D. Hartung

Sep-27-2017 | Report

The central role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the war in Yemen has yet to receive the attention it deserves... Read More »

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection

By William D. Hartung, Derek Paulhus

Aug-10-2017 | Report

The U.S. arms sales relationship with Saudi Arabia is increasingly controversial as a result of the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, which has utilized U.S.-supplied weaponry to target civilians, causing thousands of deaths in the process... Read More »

Spending on the Pentagon and Related Programs: A Primer

By William D. Hartung

Jul-26-2017 | Report

Coming up with a reliable number for spending on the Pentagon and related programs can be complicated. There are multiple funding streams, and not all of them come by way of the Pentagon’s budget. Articles on Pentagon spending often give incomplete numbers, or fail to explain which aspects of spending on national defense are being described. This fact sheet is designed to provide a guide to the different funding streams and where things stand as of July 2017... Read More »

Corporate Patriots or War Profiteers?

By William D. Hartung

Oct-23-2017 |

Weapons contractors like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman don’t like us to talk about the fact that their products are used to kill people in conflicts all over the world... Read More »

A Vote This Week Could End U.S. Role In Yemen War

By William D. Hartung

Oct-11-2017 | Article

Yemen is in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in modern times, and the United States and its allies in Saudi Arabia bear a large part of the responsibility... Read More »

Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars for ‘Defense’ Are Really Going

By William D. Hartung

Oct-10-2017 | Article

Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n.... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

Divest from the War Machine Summit

Oct-17-17 | UDC Law School, Washington DC 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

On October 21-22, 2017, CODEPINK is hosting a Launch Summit to kick off the “Divest from the War Machine” campaign. We will hear from a broad range of arms trade and foreign policy experts as well as divestment organizers who will teach the skills and knowledge necessary to create a successful divestment movement targeting the arms manufacturers at the roots of the war machine.... Read More »

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 »

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