Arms Sales

December 9, 1994 • Volume 4, Issue 46
Should the U.S. cut its weapons exports?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

After the Cold War arms race ended between the United States and the Soviet Union, defense spending cuts rocked U.S. arms manufacturers. Many were forced to downsize or merge with competitors. To stay in business, weapons makers are focusing increasingly on exports. With defense firms from other nations cutting back on production, the United States has emerged as the undisputed leader in the vast international arms bazaar. The spread of regional conflicts around the globe has brought new buyers for fighter planes, tanks, missiles and other conventional arms, especially developing countries in the Near East and East Asia. The Clinton administration, meanwhile, is dismaying arms control advocates by promoting exports of weaponry as part of its campaign to enhance U.S. industrial competitiveness.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Arms Sales and Trafficking
Jun. 19, 2012  Small Arms Trade
Dec. 09, 1994  Arms Sales
Apr. 17, 1987  Third World Arms Industries
May 04, 1979  America's Arms Sales
May 07, 1976  World Arms Sales
Sep. 02, 1970  International Arms Sales
Apr. 28, 1965  Traffic in Arms
Sep. 09, 1936  Government Manufacture of Munitions
May 11, 1933  Arms Embargoes and the Traffic in Munitions
Apr. 27, 1925  Conference for Control of the International Traffic in Arms
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Arms Control and Disarmament
Export Sanctions and Restrictions
Regional Political Affairs: East Asia and the Pacific