Director, Arms & Security Program


William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Program at CIP and a senior adviser to the center's Security Assistance Monitor. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations.


From July 2007 through March 2011, Mr. Hartung was the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. He also worked as a speechwriter and policy analyst for New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Bill Hartung’s articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the World Policy Journal.


He has been a featured expert on national security issues on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, the PBS Newshour, CNN, Fox News, and scores of local, regional, and international radio outlets. He blogs for the Huffington Post, the Hill, and Medium.

Recent Publications

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.

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The Biden Administration Is Building Back to the Brink of a New Cold War

William Hartung quoted

Arms and Security Program

Contrary to what many have been led to believe, China is not a military challenge to the United States. “The true challenges from China are political and economic, not military,” Pentagon expert William Hartung has rightly explained.

Do We Really Care for Afghanistan’s Future?

William Hartung quoted

Arms and Security Program

As William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy, pointed out: most disturbingly, a congressional investigation found that a significant portion of $2 billion worth of transportation contracts issued to US and Afghan firms ended up as kickbacks to warlords and police officials or as payments to the Taliban to allow large convoys of trucks to pass through areas they controlled, sometimes as much as $1,500 per truck, or up to half a million dollars for each 300-truck convoy. In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “one of the major sources of funding for the Taliban is the protection money” paid from just such transportation contracts.

To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles—Eliminate Them

William Hartung quoted

Arms and Security Program

In a report issued this year by the Center for International Policy, nuclear weapons expert William Hartung gives readers a detailed look “Inside the ICBM Lobby,” showing how ICBM contractors get their way while throwing millions of dollars at politicians and deploying battalions of lobbyists on Capitol Hill.

The Pentagon’s China Syndrome

William Hartung quoted

Arms and Security Program

“Exaggerated estimates of the military challenges posed by China have become the new rationale of choice in arguments for keeping the Pentagon budget at historically high levels,” arms expert William Hartung wrote in a September report.

Profiteers of Armageddon: Explaining the money behind the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons buildup.

William Hartung summarized

Arms and Security Program

The Pentagon and the Department of Energy (DOE) are ramping up a three-decades long plan worth up to $2 trillion to build a new generation of nuclear weapons.