Arms trade

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• Andrew Feinstein
• Mario Ferraro
• Global International Airways
• David Guyatt
• Susan Hawley
• Henry L. Stimson Center
• SDS
• Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

The arms trade is a secretive, corrupt and highly profitable area of business.[1][2] Arms Dealers invariably have connections to intelligence agencies and operate with their protection, either covert or overt.

Arms exporting nations

The US exports far more weapons than other nation states, although the other members of the UN Security council all export significant amounts of weapons.

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Rank Company name Defense Revenue
(US$ billions)
% of Total Revenue
from Defense
1 United States Lockheed Martin 44.9 88%
2 United States Boeing 26.9 29%
3 United States Raytheon 23.8 94%
4 United Kingdom BAE Systems 22.9 98%
5 United States Northrop Grumman 22.3 87%
6 United States General Dynamics 19.4 63%
7 European Union Airbus 11.2 15%
8 France Thales Group 9.0 51%
9 Italy Leonardo 8.8 68%
10 Russia Almaz-Antey 8.5 94%

Arms importing nations

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, as cited on Wikipedia. Units are in Trend Indicator Values expressed as millions of U.S. dollars at 1990s prices.[3]

Rank Country Arms Imports
1 Template:Country data India India 2,799
2 Template:Country data Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2,466
3 Australia Australia 1,658
4 Template:Country data South Korea South Korea 1,317
5 Template:Country data Egypt Egypt 1,311
6 Template:Country data China China 811
7 Template:Country data Qatar Qatar 783
8 United Kingdom Great Britain 764
9 Template:Country data Pakistan Pakistan 759
10 Template:Country data Japan Japan 724

Arms import rankings fluctuate heavily as countries enter and exit wars. Export data tend to be less volatile as exporters tend to be more technologically advanced and have stable production flows. 5-year moving averages present a much more accurate picture of import volume, free from yearly fluctuations.

Deep State dominance

International dealing in arms, like large scale drug trafficking, appears to be the exclusive preserve of affiliates of The Deep State.[citation needed]


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Bofors AffairA collective name for two deals in which the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors was involved in, including smuggling and bribes.
Weapons manufacturer

 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
"National security"“Human nature being what it is, the MICC comprises avaricious individuals who seek to gain private benefit at public cost. But the idea that all the players knowingly conspire to mastermind so intricate a system is difficult to prove, and unnecessary. Instead corruption among defence contractors, Representatives in Congress and the military brass is standard operating procedure camouflaged by an incestuous labyrinthine system and the primacy of 'national security'. Not only do the corrupt actors need to be held to account but, as importantly, the system needs to be untangled.<a href="#cite_note-10">[10]</a>
To further understand this entanglement. I met Chuck Spinney, a life-long Pentagon insider who experienced this labyrinth on a daily basis for over two decades. He produced a vast body of work explaining how the Pentagon really operates. His efforts culminated in the wrath of all the participants in the MICC but saw him featured on the cover of Time magazine.”
Andrew Feinstein2011

 

Related Document

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Document:If War Is an Industry, How Can There Be Peace in a Capitalist World?Wikispooks PageVijay Prashad


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