Myths of the Global Arms Industry

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 Project Indefensible, an interactive website that enables users to access a searchable, saveable and shareable presentation of Indefensible’s arguments, case studies and graphs.


Myths of the Global Arms Industry

MYTH 1:

Higher military spending equals increased security

MYTH 2:

Military spending is driven by security concerns

MYTH 3:

We can control where they go after they’re purchased

MYTH 4:

National arms industries are technologically innovative job creators

MYTH 5:

Arms Trade Corruption is only a problem in developing countries

MYTH 6:

National security requires blanket secrecy

MYTH 7:

Now is not the time

Exposing these myths reveals the final and most important fact: CHANGE IS POSSIBLE