Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Making a Killing on War: Notorious Military Trade Show Headed for Our Nation's Capital

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Making a Killing on War: Notorious Military Trade Show Headed for Our Nation's Capital

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The City of Ottawa has agreed to host Canada's largest international military trade show, CANSEC, at the municipality's prime public facility on May 27 and 28. Among the more than 200 military firms that flogged their wares at the Ottawa Congress Centre during CANSEC 2008 were some of the world's biggest and most profitable war industries: BAE Systems, Boeing, Honeywell, L-3, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

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These six firms are prime contractors for many of the deadliest weapons systems ever made, including dozens of different bombers, fighter jets, bombs and missiles. Remarkably, these six corporate giants sold about U.S. $100 billion worth of military equipment to the Pentagon in 2007, and their combined revenues from global military sales were $130 billion in 2006 (see this table, titled "Top Six Global War Industries at CANSEC 2008," for details: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/topCANSEC-global.htm).

The profits made by these leading war corporations have come at a disastrous price. The horrendous wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere--where their deadly products are used every day--have taken an inestimable toll on the lives and livelihoods of millions of innocent people and their ecosystems.

Also exhibiting their wares at CANSEC 2008 were many of Canada's foremost arms industries, including CAE, CMC Electronics, General Dynamics Canada, Magellan Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada and SNC-Lavalin. These companies--which consistently rank within Canada's top-ten military contractors--are largely reliant on exports to the U.S.

But CANSEC does much more than just facilitate the growth of top war industries. Hundreds of smaller players in the bustling world of weaponry are also eager to join the action. The 500 booth spaces at CANSEC 2009 will be bristling not only with displays showcasing war technologies, but also with an array of products used by police and paramilitary "security" forces to "maintain order" around the world. …

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