World Arms Sales

Archive Report

Upsurge of Arms Sales Abroad

Debate Over Wisdom of Weapons Transfers

Every nation wants arms. Nearly all of the world's countries have some kind of military forces, and most are trying constantly to expand and improve them. The United States, the Soviet Union and other major nations manufacture and maintain their own vast arsenals. But small or poor nations must obtain their armaments from others—primarily from the large, industrial nations that produce and sell weapons. The international trade in arms has become one of the world's fastest-growing global businesses in recent years. But today there is rising concern about the sheer volume of the world arms trade, and an intensifying debate over what can or should be done to limit or control the worldwide traffic in ...

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