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.

Ready to Profit: Corporate Beneficiaries of Congressional Add-Ons to the FY 2018 Pentagon Budget

By William D. Hartung,

May-02-2018 | Report

The final Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Pentagon and related spending -- on programs like work on nuclear warheads at the Department of Energy -- totaled $700 billion, tens of billions of dollars more than the Trump administration’s proposal... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Massachusetts

By William D. Hartung

Apr-06-2018 | Report

Massachusetts ranked 9th (USA Spending) in the country in Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $10.3 billion... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Michigan

By William D. Hartung

Mar-24-2018 | Report

Michigan ranked 24 th (USA Spending) in the country in terms of Department of Defense (DoD) awards during FY2017, receiving $3.09 billion 1... Read More »

FOR PROGRESS WITH NORTH KOREA, DUMP JOHN BOLTON

By William D. Hartung

May-29-2018 | Article

He may not know how or on what timeline, but I believe that Donald Trump truly does want to negotiate an end to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Why he wants to do it — whether to get a Nobel Prize or to be able to brag that he’s a better deal maker than Barack Obama — doesn’t matter... Read More »

Regime change in Iran could cost the US trillions

By William D. Hartung

May-24-2018 | Article

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this week on next steps in US policy toward Iran read more like a call to war than a carefully crafted foreign policy stance. So much so that the obvious next question is what it might cost if the Trump administration seeks to provoke regime change in Iran... Read More »

Deregulating firearms exports risks putting guns in the wrong hands

By William D. Hartung

May-24-2018 | Article

The Trump administration just released a new rule that will make it easier for terrorists, tyrants, and criminal gangs to receive U.S.-supplied guns and ammunition... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

US Role in a Changing World: Militarization of US Foreign Policy and the Future of Global Security

Apr-12-18 | Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Lunch) TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

Join CIP's William Hartung at the Women's National Democratic Club for a lecture and lunch. This talk will discuss the consequences of our current approach to solving complex security challenges, and how to create a more effective, less militarized approach to protecting America and the world... Read More »

Investing in Minds, Not Missiles: Recucing the Treat of Nuclear War

Apr-09-18 | Panel A Continuing Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: The Weapons Lobby: William Hartung (Center for International Policy)

MIT Panel A - Continuing Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: The Weapons Lobby: William Hartung (Center for International Policy)... Read More »

Jobs, Security, and Human Rights: Striking a Balance in U.S. Arms Export Policy

Apr-05-18 | DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 TIME: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM (90 minutes) LOCATION: Center for International Policy, 2000 M Street NW, Basement Conf. Room A, Washington, DC 20036C, 20036

Join leading experts in this event, which will seek to answer two main questions: 1) Are arms exports the best way to create jobs in the United States?; and 2) How should the administration and the Congress balance economic, strategic, and human rights factors to ensure that U.S. arms exports are serving U.S. and global security interests? This event is co-hosted by the Security Assistance Monitor and Forum on the Arms Trade. Media are especially encouraged to attend.... Read More »

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