Arms Sales

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 03:58

As the United States approaches the 15th anniversary of its invasion of Iraq and continues to provide significant levels of aid to the security forces, this timeline shows some of the key events that shaped the U.S.-Iraqi security aid relationship during this period.

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 13:54

A report released today by the Security Assistance Monitor program of the Center for International Policy documents over $80 billion in U.S. arms sales notifications to Congress during the Trump Administration’s first year in office. The Trump Administration total of $82.2 billion for 2017 slightly exceeded the Obama Administration’s total of $76.5 billion for 2016, and was more than $20 billion less than the peak year of the Obama Administration’s major arms sales offers in 2010.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 06:09

Event: Tackling Corruption

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 02:11

U.S. arms sales notifications under the Trump administration total over $48B.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:45
This article questions to recent US sales of top level fighter jets along with other supplies, arguing that Bahrain may not get the most effective use out of the weapon systems.
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:34
This article investigates how the Pentagon is using a mix of contractors, SOCOM and other facilities to send soviet arms to Syrian rebels after previous attempts to arms rebels had failed.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:13
This article discusses how campaigners lost a high-profile case calling for UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be stopped over humanitarian concerns, as the high court ruled exports could continue.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 11:13
This article by SAM highlights the fallacies surrounding the defense industry and the global arms trade, including the perception that U.S. defense spending is a major jobs creator. The authors also discuss corruption and the revolving door between the lobbying industry and defense contractors.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:56
The Department of Defense has a major gun control problem. On May 26, Amnesty International published a damning report revealing that the United States failed to track more than $1 billion in arms transfers to Iraqi and Kuwaiti security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The report, based on a now-declassified 2016 DoD audit obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, shows that terrible record keeping and loose restrictions potentially let weapons from machine guns to mortar rounds fall into the hands of ISIS.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:40
The Qatar crisis has quickly become one of the Trump administration’s most sensitive dilemmas in the Middle East. Since America’s close Sunni Arab allies—Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—took action against Doha earlier this month, the White House has sent the Qataris mixed messages about Washington’s position on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s row. At this juncture, it remains unclear what role the Trump administration will play in Saudi/Emirati efforts to pressure the Qataris into capitulation.

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