| Arms trade |
|Interest of||• Robert Dover|
• Andrew Feinstein
• Mario Ferraro
• Global International Airways
• David Guyatt
• Susan Hawley
• Henry L. Stimson Center
• Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
The arms trade is a secretive, corrupt and highly profitable area of business. Arms Dealers invariably have connections to intelligence agencies and operate with their protection, either covert or overt.
- Full article: Arms deal
- Full article: Arms deal
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.
|Rank||Company name||Defense Revenue
|% of Total Revenue|
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.
|1||Template:Country data India India||2,799|
|2||Template:Country data Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia||2,466|
|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|
|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.
|Bofors Affair||A collective name for two deals in which the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors was involved in, including smuggling and bribes.|
|Weapons manufacturer||Companies that produce weapons of war.|
|"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"></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.”
|Document:If War Is an Industry, How Can There Be Peace in a Capitalist World?||Wikispooks Page||Vijay Prashad|