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The Selling of Armaments to Foreign Countries Pros and Cons The wealthy nations sell or give armaments to the poorer nations If you are not aware of what an armament is it is a utensil or military setsets of equipment Since the end of the civil war the United States has sold over 100 billion worth of weapons abroad While other nations reduced their arms sales the United States has increased its share of the market to 63 percent that is far more than previous years says Dr Williams from the University of De Paul He also goes on to say that this is far more than any other country and that in the future it is going to go up far more than one can predict The other top arms suppliers to the world are Great Britain Russia France and China United States being the number 1 of course and Canada coming in at the far position of 9th United States is actively engaged in promoting and financing weapon exports through over 6500 full-time government employees in the Defense Commerce and State Department These sale efforts are motivated by what was deemed to be in the national interests of the countries involved and by profit to the manufactures In the United States the companies that are most involved are Lockheed Martin General Motors General Electric and Boeing Not incidentally the top ten arms exporting companies gave 787 million in political contributions during the 1996 campaign fascom statistics These are also some of the leading companies in their respective departments of sales and that may have an impact on other companies Some of the negative consequences of these arm sales are mentioned below They fan the flames of war rather than promoting stability in already tense regions The Third World has become a life-threatening place even for civilians who have no idea a lot of this is taking place in their own backyard
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