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Arms and military expenditure

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SIPRI’s research on arms and military spending has been the core of the institute's work since its foundation in the 1960s. This work is largely based around three comprehensive and open-access databases: the Arms transfers database, the Arms industry database and the Military expenditure database. These exemplify SIPRI's core values of transparency by using only open sources that can be independently checked, and universality by including data on nearly every country in the world. SIPRI also provides documents on all arms embargoes since the 1950s and national reports on arms export controls.

Providing reliable data on international arms production, transfers and global military spending empowers researchers, policymakers and the public, allowing them to directly assess the current state of the arms industry. SIPRI researchers also analyse the data to identify trends and potential impacts to global security.

RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Arms production

SIPRI's arms production project aims to monitor, describe and analyse trends and developments in arms production worldwide.

US soldiers fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during a joint live-fire exercise with the Kuwait Land Forces.

SIPRI monitors, measures and analyses international arms transfers and is one of the world's leading research centres in this area.

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SIPRI's military expenditure project tracks and analyses global military spending.

Multilateral arms embargoes

SIPRI monitors and analyses multilateral arms embargoes.

Transparency in military expenditure

SIPRI examines issues relating to transparency and accountability in military budgeting and expenditure.

Research staff

Dr Sibylle Bauer is the Director of Studies, Armament and Disarmament, at SIPRI.
Dr Lucie Béraud-Sudreau is Director of the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Dr Mathew George is the Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Dr Diego Lopes da Silva is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Dr Andrea Edoardo Varisco is an Associate Senior Researcher at SIPRI.
Pieter D. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Siemon T. Wezeman is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Dr Nan Tian is a Senior Researcher and Acting Programme Director for the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme at SIPRI.
Zain Hussain is a Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Katarina Djokic is a Researcher in the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme.
Xiao Liang is a Researcher in the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.
Lorenzo Scarazzato is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme.