Nuclear Weapon Producers
Making something more modern is not always the best idea. Modernising nuclear weapons is more about making sure that nuclear weapons are usable than it is about investing in modern security architecture. Every one of the nine nuclear armed countries is spending significant resources investing in new, more useable, and more destabilising nuclear weapons. In some of these countries, this work is done by private companies. This section profiles the companies involved in producing key components for the nuclear arsenals of France, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. In other nuclear-armed countries – China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Israel, Pakistan and the Russian Federation, – the maintenance and modernisation of nuclear forces is carried out primarily or exclusively by government agencies.
The resulting list of companies compiled in this report is not exhaustive. It is an attempt to identify the privately owned companies that are most heavily involved in the nuclear weapon industrial complex. There are numerous other companies involved on a different scale or more indirectly. For example, companies involved in the production of small parts used in the assembly or maintenance of nuclear devices. In that sense, it is important to note that the total nuclear weapons industry is much larger than what is identified here
The companies described here are based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
When financial institutions invest in companies involved in nuclear weapons, they provide the financing to maintain, refurbish, test, and modernise nuclear weapons. All of the nuclear armed countries are modernising their arsenals, but only some of the work is done by companies that are not state controlled.
This overview shows some of the companies involved in the production of nuclear weapons key components for the arsenals in France, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is not an exhaustive list, but meant to be illustrative of the broad range of actors involved in the ongoing production, maintenance and modernisation of nuclear weapons.
To our knowledge, the arsenals of China, DPRK, Israel, Pakistan and Russia are not outsourced to private companies.
United Kingdom: Aerojet Rocketdyne (United States), BAE Systems (United Kingdom), Boeing (United States), General Dynamics (United States), Honeywell International (United States), Jacobs Engineering (United States), Lockheed Martin (United States), Moog (United States), Northrop Grumman (United States), Orbital ATK (United States), and Serco (United Kingdom)
United States: Aecom (United States), Aerojet Rocketdyne (United States), BWX Technologies (United States),BAE Systems (United Kingdom), Bechtel (United States), Boeing (United States), Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (United States), Engility (formerly TASC, United States), CH2M Hill (United States),Leonardo- Finmeccanica (Italy), Fluor (United States), General Dynamics (United States), Honeywell International (United States), Huntington Ingalls Industries (United States), Lockheed Martin (United States), Moog (United States), Northrop Grumman (United States), Orbital ATK (United States), Raytheon (United States), and Textron (United States).
The first report was launched in 2012 and included 20 nuclear weapons producers. That number was expanded to 27 in 2013, 28 in 2014 and due to contract terminations the 2015 report included 26 companies, whereas the 2016 update includes 27 companies. In order to be able to offer comprehensive comparisions and trend data, the published version of the 2018 report will include 20 companies, whereas information will be made available on the website on additional companies involved in nuclear weapon production.
The chart below shows the total investments in each producer between January 2013 and January 2016, as listed in the Hall of Shame of the 2016 report.
Over the years the companies included in the report have had some slight variations. The decision was taken for this report to print information about the top twenty producing companies. These companies have appeared in each Don’t Bank on the Bomb report since the project was first launched, and though there have been some name changes, this is the key red flag list. There is additional information about other producers on the website. The updated version of the full report includes the following producers:
As always, the producers list identified through this project is not exhaustive. We have found the following companies to also be involved in producing key components necessary for nuclear weapons: Charles Stark Draper Laboratories; Engility Holdings; Leonardo (formerly known as Leonardo – Finmeccanica); Moog; Rockwell Collins; Textron; Walchandnagar Industries; Vectra, and; Premier Explosives Limited. Information on these producing companies is available on the website.
The list of companies in 2016 looks different from the earlier lists, as some companies have merged or changed names. ATK is now part of Orbital ATK. URS has been acquired by Aecom. Gencorp is now operating under the name Aerojet Rocketdyne. TASC has been acquired by Engility Holdings. Babcock & Wilcox is now known as BWX Technologies and Finmeccanica is now known as Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
This report includes a new company- Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. We have been aware for several years of their connection to the nuclear weapons industry, and now have gathered the information that concretely demonstrates the link, as well as information about their relationship with the financial industry.
Don’t Bank on the Bomb 2015 identified 26 companies involved in the production, maintenance, and modernisation of nuclear weapons. Those 26 are based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Recommendations by campaigners, examination of the existing exclusion lists used by some financial institutions and further research led to the following changes in the list of nuclear weapons producing companies in this 2015 report:
- ATK is now part of Orbital ATK;
- GenCorp is now operating under the name Aerojet Rocketdyne;
- Aecom has acquired URS;
- Engility Holdings has acquired TASC;
- Rockwell Collins has been removed from the report as our research pointed to the expiration of contracts and no current contracts were identified for nuclear weapons work;
- Leidos has been removed because current contracts link them with activities currently outside the scope of this report;
- Moog has been added, as research identified current contracts for the production of key components related to nuclear weapons in the UK and US arsenals;
- ThyssenKrupp has been removed as we were unable to verify current contracts for nuclear weapons related work, and;
- Walchandnagar Industries has been added, as research identified current contracts for production of key components related to India’s nuclear arsenal.