More transparency with respect to Germany’s arms trade is a widely accepted political demand. But not nearly enough is being done. If at all, the annual reports on arms exports published by the Federal Government are only suitable for a retrospective analysis. At this point the transactions have already occurred. Furthermore, relevant details such as the companies involved and specifics about the traded arms are kept from the public. Especially with regard to weapon components much remains in the dark. The transfer of technical know-how, the outsourcing of production lines to subsidiaries in other countries makes the traceability even more difficult.
It is the intention of this project to contribute to a greater transparency in this area. For the very first time there will be a database which will attempt to make all information on planned, current and completed German arms deals available to the public: What type of components are exported? Which companies are involved? The number of pieces to be exported?
Currently there is no comparable project in Germany. It enters unchartered territory. Therefore mistakes, inaccuracies and gaps in knowledge are inevitable.
And while the English version of this homepage is at best rudimentary and far from complete, hopefully the introductory text on each subsite will still nevertheless be able to convey what the subsequent links are about. While most of the entries in the actual database on arms deals are in German, it should be possible to get a general idea of the specific deal.
Despite these shortcomings and the serious natue of the topic, hopefully you will still enjoy browsing through the database!
P.S.: Questions, suggestions, praise, critique and donations are always welcome. Simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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