UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
In-depth weapon analysis: from small arms to major conventional systems
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
Working in active armed conflicts to track the sources of arms and ammunition
JOINING THE DOTS
Mapping weapon flows on CAR’s iTrace
Global Weapon Reporting System
Weapons documented at the point of use,
tracked through the chains of supply.
CAR technical advisers photograph all markings and distinguishing characteristics, GPS-record all recovery sites and use in-field interviews with local stakeholders to build cases for each item documented. CAR uploads all data onto its iTrace weapon reporting system, which generates trend and link analysis.
CAR combines findings from iTrace with formal trace requests sent to manufacturers, governments, and transport companies, to comprehensively map weapon supply chains, globally.
CAR never bases its investigations on photographs sourced from social media. CAR does not endorse the use of such sources because of the difficulty in safely attributing ownership and provenance.
Moreover, secondary information rarely provides the detailed physical elements—notably external and internal markings—required to trace weapons. This information can generally only be obtained through physical examination.