Director, Arms & Security Project


William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security Project 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

Issue Brief: Turkey's Invasion of Syria, Made in the U.S.A.

After essentially giving a green light to Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces, President Trump took a slight turn when he declared that there would be severe economic consequences for Turkey’s economy if the intervention was not carried out in a “humane” fashion. If the president were to take action to try to stem a military incursion that he helped facilitate, he could start by cutting off support for Turkey’s military, which is heavily dependent on U.S.-supplied equipment.

by William Hartung


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Letter to the Editor: Fears of War After Killing of Iranian General


It’s time to step back from the brink and institute an urgent campaign of multilateral diplomacy. The last thing the world needs is yet another ill-considered and reckless Mideast war.

by William Hartung

Arms & Security Project

Congress, Public Should Stop Trump’s Reckless Surge Toward War With Iran


It’s time for an all-hands-on-deck effort to head off a disastrous and devastating war with Iran that will serve no one’s interest. Congress can begin by demanding that no further military action be taken without its approval, and the public and the media can loudly and clearly make the case against yet another Mideast war.

by William Hartung

Arms & Security Project

Don't Blunder Into War With Iran


The attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad may be bringing the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war. It didn’t have to be this way, and now that we’re here, further escalation is not the answer.

by William Hartung

Arms & Security Project

Does Trump’s Foreign Policy Make Sense?


It’s the season for year-end reviews, and no topic deserves greater attention than Donald Trump’s erratic and dangerous foreign policy. Thankfully, John Glaser, Christopher Preble, and Trevor Thrall of the Cato Institute have produced a new book that is just what the doctor ordered. As a bonus, it goes beyond an analysis of this year’s fights and follies to the beginning of the Trump administration, and beyond that to the key indicators of Trump’s foreign policy views that predate his brief time as Commander-in-Chief.

by William Hartung

Arms & Security Project

What’s in the National Defense Authorization Act?


In many ways, the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) represents a Christmas tree. In the fiscal year 2020 version, a massive $738 billion defense spending bill, every interest group has tried to hang something on it. Marco Werman talks with William Hartung, who directs the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, about what the NDAA says about US priorities at the moment.

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