Accession Number:

ADA454476

Title:

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1997-2004

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-08-29

Pagination or Media Count:

94.0

Abstract:

This report provides unclassified background data from U.S. government sources on transfers of conventional arms to developing nations by major suppliers for the period 1997 through 2004. It also includes some data on world-wide supplier transactions. It updates and revises the report entitled Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1996-2003, published by the Congressional Research Service CRS on August 26, 2004 CRS Report RL32547. The data in the report illustrate how global patterns of conventional arms transfers have changed in the post-Cold War and post-Persian Gulf War years. Relationships between arms suppliers and recipients continue to evolve in response to changing political, military, and economic circumstances. Nonetheless, the developing world continues to be the primary focus of foreign arms sales activity by conventional weapons suppliers. During the period of this report, 1997-2004, conventional arms transfer agreements which represent orders for future delivery to developing nations have comprised 62.7 of the value of all international arms transfer agreements. The portion of agreements with developing countries constituted 57.3 of all agreements globally from 2001-2004. In 2004, arms transfer agreements with developing countries accounted for 58.9 of the value of all such agreements globally. Deliveries of conventional arms to developing nations, from 2001-2004, constituted 63.2 of all international arms deliveries. In 2004, arms deliveries to developing nations constituted 64.6 of the value of all such arms deliveries worldwide. The data in this new report supersede all data published in previous editions. Since these new data for 1997-2004 reflect potentially significant updates to and revisions in the underlying databases utilized for this report, only the data in this most recent edition should be used.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE