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: nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. In this vein, SIPRI monitors relevant treaties, export controls and embargoes.

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.

Military exercise for radiation accidents in Bolsoi Kamen, Russia, 2013

SIPRI works to improve chemical and biological security.

Checking exports from ship and truck in shipyard

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

Emerging military and security technologies

SIPRI monitors key developments in science and technology.

EU flags in Brussels, Belgium

The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium forms the core of a wider network of European non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks and research centres which the Consortium is responsible for promoting and coordinating.

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.


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.