ARMS & SECURITY PROGRAM

The Arms and Security Program 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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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November 30, 2021

Arming Repression: U.S. Military Support for Saudi Arabia, From Trump to Biden

By William D. Hartung

An in-depth look at the United States' role in supporting the military in Saudi Arabia. This report details how the U.S. is involved with the Kingdom's regime through U.S. arms in the Saudi arsenal, military training of Saudi forces, and use of U.S. weapons in the naval blockade of Yemen.

Arming Repression: U.S. Military Support for Saudi Arabia, From Trump to Biden
ISSUE BRIEF
October 12, 2021

Profiteers Of Armageddon: Producers Of The Next Generation Of Nuclear Weapons

by William Hartung

It’s long past time that we stopped allowing special interest lobbying and corporate profits
stand in the way of a more sensible nuclear policy.

Profiteers Of Armageddon: Producers Of The Next Generation Of Nuclear Weapons
FACTSHEET
September 30, 2021

Factsheet: Profits of War

William Hartung

The reaction to the 9/11 attacks created a political climate that opened the floodgates to massive increases in Pentagon spending with few questions asked. Since the start of the war in Afghanistan, Pentagon spending has totaled over $14 trillion, one-half or more of which went to defense contractors. After the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon budget increased year after year for 10 years running, peaking in 2010 at the highest level since World War II.

Factsheet: Profits of War

LATEST NEWS

March 17, 2022

Symposium: From Iraq to Ukraine, has the media learned its lesson?

Nancy Okail interviewed

For the 19th anniversary of the Baghdad invasion, over a dozen journalists and critics compare coverage then, and today.

January 25, 2022

Amending America's Undemocratic Defense Policy

By Hanna Homestead

Policy Associate Hanna Homestead writes, "The polls are clear: Americans do not want to engage or invest in more war. Yet, most of our elected officials continually choose to maintain the calamitous status quo to our collective detriment."

February 11, 2022

US aid to Egypt and the wider failures of American security assistance

By Nancy Okail

CEO and President Nancy Okail argues "The fall of Mubarak 11 years ago should be a reminder that the U.S. hyper-militarized approach has been ineffective and counterproductive."

December 9, 2021

“An Outrage”: House Passes Largest Military Budget in Generations Despite End of Afghanistan War

William Hartung interviewed

“The last thing we need to do is be throwing more money at the Pentagon,” says William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. “This whole idea that China and Russia are military threats to the United States has primarily been manufactured to jump up the military budget.”

EXPERTS

  • Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and professor in the U.S. Foreign Policy program at the School of International Service, American University

  • Amy Belasco, former Specialist for the Defense Budget of the Congressional Research Service

  • Neta Crawford, Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Boston University

  • Matt Fay, former Director of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Niskanen Center

  • Ben Friedman, Senior Fellow and Defense Scholar at Defense Priorities

  • Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick, Host of Things That Go Boom

  • John King, Founder, King and Brown Company LLC

  • Larry Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

  • Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director, National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Miriam Pemberton, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Mandy Smithberger, Director of the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight

  • Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy, William & Mary

  • Col. Isaiah "Ike" Wilson (Ret.), director, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College​

  • CIP Senior Associate Carl Conetta was a consultant to the project

ABOUT

Arms & Security Program

The Arms and Security Program 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.