Small Arms Survey Podcast #52: Private Security Companies and Weapons & Ammunition Management

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 7 February, 2022

Weapons and ammunition management is a key consideration for any security provider handling arms. The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers lays out obligations for member and affiliate companies in terms of management of weapons, weapons training, and the management of material of war (articles 56 to 62).

Stockpiling munitions carries risks. The basic steps that can stop catastrophic explosions

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'A series of massive blasts recently rocked Equatorial Guinea’s city of Bata. The explosions, at an army barracks, killed over 100 people and destroyed military buildings as well as people’s homes around the site. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema stated that the explosions were “caused by negligence of the unit in charge of storing explosives, dynamite and ammunition at the Nkoa Ntoma military camp”.

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: National Action Plans as a strategic tool for weapons and ammunition management/small arms control

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

National Action Plans (NAPs) are critical for systematically and effectively implementing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating small arms control measures within states. NAPs clearly elaborate national priorities and facilitate coordination between national government agencies and key stakeholders, as well as with external partners and donors. The fifth panel of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ brought together actors from the national, regional, and international levels to share experiences from their work on NAPs.

A Practical Guide to Life-cycle Management of Ammunition

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 16 December, 2020

Ammunition is an expensive commodity and an essential resource for the implementation of a national defence and security policy. However, national ammunition stockpiles can also pose risks to national security and public safety. Poor accounting and inadequate physical security of storage facilities can facilitate the diversion of ammunition from the national stockpile to terrorists, criminals, and other armed groups, increasing insecurity and instability.

Life-cycle Management of Ammunition (LCMA): Lessons from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 24 November, 2020

Surplus ammunition poses significant safety and security risks in post-conflict settings, which is why effectively managing such ammunition is vital to mitigating those risks. This Small Arms Survey Briefing Paper provides ten lessons learned on the establishment of a life-cycle management of ammunition (LCMA) system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The lessons relate to national ownership, planning, stockpile management, and disposal.

Translated into Arabic by the EU-LAS project.