The global arms trade is suffused with corruption, imperils the vulnerable and makes us all less safe. Yet arms merchants and their government supporters can turn to a set of time-honed and well-packaged arguments to justify the status quo. Each one of the claims is either deeply questionable or simply untrue. The arms business needs to be undressed. Then, we will find its claims are indefensible; nothing more than myths.
The WPF’s Project Indefensible debunks the seven core myths that the arms industry uses to deflect criticism and explains what can be done. It includes an interactive website and book, Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade. The project was sponsored by WPF, and the book’s author is Paul Holden, our colleague at Corruption Watch, along with collaborators Bridget Conley, Alex de Waal, Sarah Detzner, J. Paul Dunne, Andrew Feinstein,William Hartung, Lora Lumpe, Nicholas Marsh, Sam Perlo-Freeman, Hennie Van Vuuren, and Leah Wawro.
With Tactical Technology, we have developed an interactive website that enables users to access a searchable, save-able and shareable presentation of Indefensible’s arguments, case studies and graphs. The below video [11:08 minutes], produced by the WPF with Tactical Technology, tells a story from the introduction of Indefensible that demonstrates the potentially lethal impact of corruption in the trade. The Myths help clarify why the industry deflects criticism and what we can do about it.