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Bulletin 6. Lockheed Martin: No 1 War Profiteer

Welcome back to the bulletin of the No Airport Arms Ads campaign.

In this edition, we commence an examination of some of the world’s biggest war profiteers that have advertised at Canberra Airport, and their activities, beginning with number one.

Bulletin 5. US election result - good news for the weapons industry

Within 24 hours of the election on November 8 of Donald Trump as the next US President, stocks in US weapons companies rose.  Defence One reported that on the morning of November 9 stocks belonging to the makers of ships, fighter jets, tanks and armoured vehicles were all up: Lockheed Martin by 4.8 %, Northrop Grumman by 5.2%, Raytheon by 6.2%, and so the list goes on.

Bulletin 4. Nuclear weapons: Who makes these horrific devices?

Nuclear weapons are the world’s most destructive weapons.  A single weapon can incinerate a city in an instant and leave tens or hundreds of thousands of people injured with virtually no health and emergency services surviving.  There are still over 15,000 of these weapons globally, and the risk of their use is significant.

in 2017, there will be negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban treaty.  When these worst of all weapons of mass destruction are finally banned, will the companies that manufacture them still be welcome advertisers at Canberra Airport?

Bulletin 3. Who’s profiting in the Middle East?

There is currently a huge build-up, in numbers and sophistication, of weapons in the Middle East.  As a result millions of people are suffering, mostly civilians, including unprecedented numbers of refugees with nowhere safe to call home.

Among many weapons pouring into the region are jet fighters, missiles, armoured vehicles, drones, attack helicopters, artillery, small arms and ammunition.  Saudi Arabia is the world’s second largest importer of major weapons systems. 

Bulletin 2. Arms Promotions – a History of Controversy

There is a long history of controversy surrounding arms sales promotions, and outright opposition to the practice, including at local government level in Canberra.

In November 1991, the Australian International Defence Equipment Exhibition, AIDEX, opened in Canberra, and attracted strong controversy. The organisers boasted that AIDEX 89, two years before, had been the “largest and most sophisticated defence high-technology exhibition ever held in the Southern Hemisphere”. However many Canberrans were not so enthusiastic.

Bulletin 1. The Global Arms Trade & the Wars it Fuels

In 2015, global military spending was $1.676 trillion (1). That is the amount spent by all nations on fighting and preparing for wars. Military expenditure constitutes a severe drain on social expenditures, especially (but not only) in less developed countries.