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Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) - Research and advocacy campaigns to strengthen international laws and standards on the availability and use of conventional and improvised weapons.
Active Denial System (ADS) - A non-lethal, counter-personnel directed energy weapon. It uses breakthrough technologies to provide un-precedented, standoff, non-lethal capabilities at ranges beyond effective small arms range. ADS projects a focused, speed-of-light milli-meter-wave energy beam to induce an intolerable heating sensation on an adversary's skin and cause that individual to be repelled without injury.
Agilent Technologies - Advanced weapon and space systems company with strong positions in propulsion, composite structures, munitions, precision capabilities, and civil and sporting ammunition.
AK Site - Background and history of the AK-47, the most widely used weapon in the world. More thatn 50 armies of the world have in their arsenals firearms created by Kalashnikov.
American Firearms Industry - Home to the National Association of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers (NAFLFD) and the Professional Gun Retailers Association (PGRA) in the U.S.
Armament Research Services (ARES) - A specialist consultancy, offering technical expertise and analysis to a range of government and non-government entities in the arms and munitions field.
Arms - Compilation of arms trade and arms control resources, backgrounders, press releases fom Human Rights Watch.
Arms Fixers, The: Controlling the Brokers and Shipping Agents - Arms brokers and transport agents locate arms as cheaply as possible. Then some send them by circuitous international routes to the most conflict-torn countries and regions of human rights abuse in the world. This study looks at what they do, and makes proposals for stopping it.
Arms Sales Monitoring Project - FAS project working for restraint in the global production and trade of weapons. Provides timely, in-depth analysis on U.S. arms transfers and the international arms trade.
Arms Transfer Working Group (ATWG) - An alliance of primarily Washington, D.C.-based arms control, development, economic conversion, human rights and religious organizations concerned about the spread of conventional weaponry around the world. ATWG serves as a clearinghouse of information and a point of contact for strategizing and coordinating activities among diverse groups that are motivated by the same moral concerns, including the economic, humanitarian and security implications of arms trafficking.
Big Brother Incorporated - A report on the international trade in surveillance technology and its links to the arms industry.
Arkenstone, The - Technical, geospatial, and organizational analysis of the Iranian armed forces.
California Bureau of Firearms - Conducts eligibility checks for firearms purchases, issues various special weapons permits, conducts inspections of firearms dealers to ensure compliance with California firearms laws and policies, regulates gun shows, regulates assault weapon registration, certifies the testing of handguns and firearm safety devices, and performs other tasks regarding firearm-related matters.
Carroll Publishing - Detailed information on all federally funded defense programs. Contact information for over 10,000 key personnel at over 1,300 U.S. defense contracting firms.
Center for International Policy (CIP) - Promoting a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for basic human rights. Through research, education, and direct public advocacy, CIP works to define and put into practice a more sympathetic, farsighted, and non-militaristic approach to the developing world.
Conflict Armament Research (CAR) - Responding to growing demand for weapon-specific technical expertise to support research, analysis and policy making, CAR investigation teams work on the ground in active armed conflicts. The teams document weapons at the point of use and track their sources back through the chains of supply.
Conflict Awareness Project (CAP) - An international non-governmental organization dedicated to investigating, documenting and bringing to justice major arms traffickers, war profiteers, and transnational criminal networks that fuel conflict around the globe.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) - DTRA's technology security mission is to develop and implement policies on international transfers of defense-related goods, services and technologies to ensure that such transfers are consistent with U.S. national security interests. One of DTRA's principal responsibilities is to provide DoD's recommendations on over 21,000 export license applications per year to the Departments of State and Commerce.
Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFP) - EFPs have been used to defeat armored vehicles for more than 30 years. The EFP warhead was derived from the Misznay-Schardin device, which consists of a right circular cylinder of explosive, with a shallow cavity in one end that is fitted with a thin metallic liner. Upon detonation, the liner dynamically transforms into an aerodynamic projectile traveling at high velocity (typically 1500-2000 m/s).
Federal Premium - Ammunition suppliers for shotgun, handgun, rifle, and rimfire ammunition.
Flachettes - The French word flechette means "little arrow" or dart projectile of steel that is sharp and pointed with a vaned tail for stable flight. Flechettes were first used as an air-dropped weapon in World War I by combatants on both sides. These were about four inches long (10 cm) and weighed a couple of ounces (60 g). Dropped from aeroplanes or Zeppelins over enemy trenches or airfields, these gravity missiles were capable of penetrating a helmet and the wearer's skull. The use of artillery flechette rounds in populated areas has recently been criticized due to their use by the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip. These criticisms focus on the wide area of effect of artillery flechette rounds, and their use in areas with large civilian populations. Detractors argue that the such use of the rounds conflicts with the Fourth Geneva Convention provisions protecting non-combatants.
Foreign Assistance and Arms Export Acts (.pdf) - This volume of U.S. legislation and related material is part of a five volume set of laws and related material frequently referred to by the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives, amended to date and annotated to show pertinent history or cross references.
Hand Grenade - A hand grenade is a small hand-held anti-personnel weapon designed to be thrown and then explode after a short time. The word "grenade" is derived from the French grenade, meaning pomegranate, so named because its shrapnel pellets reminded soldiers of the seeds of this fruit. Grenadiers were originally soldiers who specialized in throwing grenades.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) / Booby Traps - An IED can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. It is a "homemade" device that is designed to cause death or injury by using explosives alone or in combination with toxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiological material. IEDs can be produced in varying sizes, functioning methods, containers, and delivery methods. IEDs can utilize commercial or military explosives, homemade explosives, or military ordnance and ordnance components.
International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) - Calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Many INEW member organisations also work in countries affected by explosive violence – providing development assistance, documenting the impact of violence, assisting the victims of explosive weapons and clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance and IEDs.
M1006 Sponge Round (Point) - The 40-millimeter sponge round delivers a strong, stunning blow to a threat's body without penetrating it. This round has a wide range of capabilities for tactical, law enforcement, I/R, and US military detention operations. The M1006 is a direct fire, low hazard, and non-shrapnel producing projectile. It is to be understood by the operator that the potential of this cartridge causing lethal trauma does exist if incorrectly employed. This fact must be constantly in the operators mind, that incorrect employment of the M1006 can cause lethal trauma.
M5 Modular Crowd Control Munition - A non-lethal munition used to incapacitate large group of personnel with the Flash Bang and Impact of rubber balls. It can be deployed by mounted or dismounted troops and provides a visual deterrent due to similarity in appearance to the M18A1 Claymore munition.
Missile.index - A database of the world's missile systems. About 650 missile systems have been developed and deployed in the world. About 200 to 300 of them are still deployed. Missile.index covers 300 kinds of missile systems.
Mobility Denial System (MDS) - The MDS (formerly known as the "Non-Lethal Slippery Foam Program") Development Team completed a Systems Requirements Analysis (SRA) and a Systems Requirements Review (SRR) in October 2001 . The requirements analysis determined that a man-pack is needed to seal in and around buildings which would deny access through doors, hallways, and windows. It was also determined that a vehicle mounted could apply large quantities of Anti-Traction Material (ATM) to streets, intersections, and open areas as needed.
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) - The association's membership base consists of nearly 900 companies and 26,000 individuals from the entire spectrum of the defense and national industrial bases, from government and from foreign nations with whom the U.S., through DoD, has a Memorandum of Understanding.
Arms Embargoes Database - This database gives information on all multilateral arms embargoes that have been implemented by an international organisation, such as the EU or UN, or by a group of nations. It includes both legally binding embargoes and those that are solely political commitments. It provides details of the aims, scope and amendments to all arms embargoes that are in force, or have been in force since 1998 and to most that were in force before 1998. The database is constantly updated to include information on new arms embargoes or significant modifications to existing arms embargoes.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) - This database contains high-quality, up-to-date and clearly documented information in areas such as: 1) conflicts, arms transfers and military expenditure; 2) hard facts on states and international organizations; 3) economic and social statistics; and 4) chronologies.
U.S. Office of Defense Trade Controls (DTC) - Controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and services by taking final action on license applications and other requests for approval for defense trade exports and retransfers, and handling matters related to defense trade compliance, enforcement and reporting.
UKRSPETSEXPORT - The state company for export and import of military and special products and services. The only organisation authorised by the Ukrainian Government to implement export potential of the military industrial complex of the Ukraine. During the time of its existence the UKRSPETSEXPORT has arranged export-import deliveries of military and special equipment, weapon and rendering services to more than 30 countries of the world, but the scope of deliveries and the range of products is still far from actual possibilities of the military and industrial complex of the country.
World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) - A series of reports prepared by the U.S. State Department designed as a reference on annual military expenditures, arms transfers, armed forces, selected economic data, and relative indicators consisting of pertinent military-economic ratios.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.