• Needed for defence, not every country will give them up.
  • Economic benefits, money from trading with other countries for things such as materials.
  • Employment opportunities.
  • Threat ensures peace.
  • If we don’t produce , someone else would.
  • Regulations have been set up by the Government.
  • Other countries have them, why not us?


  • Disproportional and indiscriminate weapons – failing Jus in Bello conditions.
  • Can be used for tyrannical reasons.
  • Encourages warfare, fuelling the practice of war.
  • Profiteering from bloodshed, not something moral.
  • Increases the chances of violence.