Programme Paper

Project: International Security Department

Peter Lichtenbaum, Rachel Stohl and Andrew Wood
  • The development of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) would establish globally accepted international criteria and standards governing the conventional arms trade, which would be applied by states as part of their national export control systems.

  • The principal participants in the aerospace and defence industry have been relatively disengaged from the process. This is particularly true for the US industry, which is the largest in the world. As the negotiation of the ATT builds momentum and delves further into specifics, it is essential for the transatlantic defence industry to be involved in the treaty's development.

  • Industry needs to put its ideas in front of governments and outline positions and questions that the ATT negotiation will have to consider. If the treaty goes forward without industry involvement, it will be difficult for industry to provide input and change the treaty further down the road.

  • The global defence and aerospace industry needs to develop its understanding of the ATT, the nature of the debate, the risks and opportunities, and the ways in which it can make an impact on treaty negotiations.