The independent resource on global security

Armament and disarmament

SIPRI looks at the most important symptoms of insecurity and efforts to control them.

SIPRI examines the process of armament. Our research covers the design and development of new technologies, the production of weapons in the arms industry, international arms transfers and military spending at the country level.

We also work on arms control and disarmament, looking at both conventional weapons and so-called weapons of mass destruction: chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. In this vein, SIPRI monitors relevant export controls, embargoes and treaties, such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

A major part of SIPRI’s work on armament and disarmament is its databases. They produce four major data launches each year: the top 100 arms-producing companies, international arms transfers, countries’ military spending and countries’ nuclear forces. Established in 1968, SIPIR’s databases exemplify our belief in the power of data, transparently collected and freely accessible, to contribute to evidence-based policy and to broaden public knowledge.

In the words of Gunnar Myrdal, SIPRI’s first chair of the board: 'Facts kick.'


Piles of coins next to a bullet

SIPRI tracks arms production, international arms tranfers, arms embargoes and military spending.

Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945

SIPRI works to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, particularly biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Checking exports from ship and truck in shipyard

SIPRI promotes dual-use and arms trade controls through research, publications, seminars and capacity-building activities.

3d printer

SIPRI surveys the current state of various emerging military technologies.


Sibylle Bauer Dr Sibylle Bauer is Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament.
Noel Kelly Noel Kelly is the Programme Coordinator for SIPRI's work on Armament and Disarmament.