Producing mass destruction: Private companies and the nuclear weapons industry

The new report, “Producing mass destruction: Private companies and the nuclear weapons industry” illustrates the relationship between the commercial sector and nuclear weapons.

The report finds that nuclear armed governments have at least $116 billion in contracts with private companies to build nuclear weapons. Companies including Huntington Ingalls Industries, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell International, General Dynamics and, Jacobs Engineering are directly involved in the nuclear weapon industry, seeking profit from the production of weapons of mass destruction.

By investing in these companies, financial institutions and others are in effect facilitating the build-up of nuclear forces. This undermines efforts to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world and heightens the risk that one day these weapons of mass destruction will be used again.

Download the full report here.

Read the executive summary here.

Avant-propos en francais

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Susi Snyder is the Nuclear Disarmament Programme Manager for Pax in the Netherlands. Mrs. Snyder has coordinated the research, publication and campaigning activities surrounding the annually updated Don’t Bank on the Bomb report since 2013. She has published numerous reports and articles, including Dealing with a ban (2015); The Rotterdam Blast: The immediate humanitarian consequences of a 12 kiloton nuclear explosion (2014); and Withdrawal Issues: What NATO countries say about the future of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe (2011). She is an International Steering Group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and a 2016 Nuclear Free Future Award Laureate. Previously, Mrs. Snyder served as the Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom at their Geneva secretariat.

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