Arms & Security Project

About Arms & Security Project

Promoting reforms in U.S. policies on nuclear weapons, military spending and the arms trade.

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:

- Promoting substantial cuts in military spending as an integral part of any plan to reduce the federal deficit.

- 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, poised to sell $40 billion in weaponry in 2011 alone.

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By Bill Goodfellow

Nov-10-2014 | Report

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure... Read More »

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

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Aug-26-2014 | Policy Brief

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

The State of the Pentagon Budget Is Uncertain

By William D. Hartung

Jan-21-2015 | Article

President Obama spoke about a lot of things in his hour-and-10-minute State of the Union address last night, but there's one thing he didn't mention: the caps on Pentagon spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The president's claim that "the state of the union is sound" may or may not be accurate, but the state of the Pentagon budget is uncertain... Read More »

Can the F-35 Be Stopped?

By William D. Hartung

Jan-12-2015 | Article

At a price tag of $1.5 trillion to build and operate over its lifetime, the F-35 combat aircraft is the most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Pentagon. It is overpriced, underperforming and unnecessary... Read More »

Mr. Obama’s Foreign Policy Faults

By William D. Hartung

Dec-11-2014 | Article

More often than not, military action creates new problems and prolongs existing conflicts. One egregious example of this phenomenon is the George W. Bush administration’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

The Economic and Security Future

Nov-17-14 | Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Economists for Peace and Security works to promote non-military solutions to world challenges, and more broadly to work towards freedom from fear and want for all. Join them for a discussion of the economic and security future... Read More »

Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

Nov-15-12 | Vassar College Rockefeller Hall Room 300

William Hartung will be speaking at Vassar College on Thursday, November 15. The topic of discussion will be "Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending" ... Read More »

Curbing the Profits of War: Transparency and Accountability in Military Contracting

Mar-29-12 | Open Society Institute - Washington DC 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 7th Floor Washington D.C. 20006 United States

The discussion centers around the book Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William Hartung, which has just been reissued in paperback. ... Read More »

Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

By William D. Hartung, Stephen Miles

Jul-17-2012 | Fact Sheet

As defense contractors play to American's fears of poor security to increase military spending, Bill Hartung and Stephen Miles reveal the facts about Pentagon spending... Read More »

Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator

By William D. Hartung

Jan-17-2012 | Policy Brief, Fact Sheet

Plans for cutting the federal deficit have raised an important question: what impact would military spending reductions have on jobs? This fact sheet is an update with new numbers from 2011 for U.S. employment effects of military and domestic spending. ... Read More »

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