Research issues

Measuring arms production

The SIPRI programme on arms production was initiated in 1989 to study developments in the arms industry. The programme collects information on the major arms-producing companies and describes and analyses their adjustment to the changed economic and political context and the resulting changes in industrial structures.

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The private military services industry

A marked development in the arms industry over the past twenty years, which has accelerated as a result of the Iraq war, is the growing importance of companies providing military services, as distinct from military equipment.

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