The United States’ commitment to conventional weapons destruction


SUMMARY: Stockpiles of excess, poorly-secured, or otherwise at-risk conventional weapons continue to challenge peace and prosperity worldwide. In the wrong hands, small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) and more advanced conventional weapons such as MANPADS fuel political instability and violence, and threaten international security. Aging ammunition stockpiles may also explode without warning, devastating nearby population centers. Meanwhile, landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED), and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munition remnants, artillery shells, and mortars, kill and maim people even after conflicts end. Clearing land paves the way for stabilization assistance to move forward, allowing displaced persons to return home, economic revitalization to begin, and political stability to take root.

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Published: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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