Advocacy


We develop alternative U.S. policies that promote international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights. We publicize and advocate for these policies through traditional and social media outlets, contacts with policy makers to whom we have access and by working in close collaboration with grassroots organizations.

See below for links to our advocacy oriented work.

Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid

By Security Assistance Monitor

Dec-01-2014 | Report

A guide on what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations... Read More »

The Littoral Combat Ship: The Warship That Can’t Go to War

By

Aug-26-2014 | Policy Brief

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the Navy’s response to perceived changes in naval warfare and falling budgets. In theory, the LCS is a multifaceted and cost-effective answer to these requirements. In reality, the LCS is an overpriced, underperforming vessel that does not meet current needs and is a bad deal for taxpayers... Read More »

Report to Supporters Spring 2014

By Bill Goodfellow

May-19-2014 | Report

2014 has been a successful year so far with major advances in reshaping defense spending, curbing tax evasion and advancing awareness on global climate change... Read More »

The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe”

By William D. Hartung

Mar-26-2015 | Article

Current levels of Pentagon spending may not be able to support current defense strategy. The answer to this problem is right before our eyes: cut the money and change the strategy. That would be acting in the name of a conception of national security that was truly strategic... Read More »

Greater Transparency Can Improve U.S. Security Assistance Programs

By William D. Hartung, Abigail Poe

Mar-12-2015 | Article

Security assistance – the arming and training of foreign military and police forces – is a crucial tool of U.S. foreign policy. The goal of this type of assistance is to foster stability, bolster allies, and promote human rights and good governance. Done well, these programs can make all of us safer by preventing or reducing armed conflict. Done poorly, they can be used to undermine human rights, fuel conflict, and enable corruption on the part of recipient governments... Read More »

Letter to the Director of the National Protection Unit of Colombia's Interior Ministry

By CIP

Mar-02-2015 | Letter

CIP joins numerous other organizations and individuals in calling on Colombia's ministry of the interior to address the serious security issues faced by activists in Colombia... Read More »

How Europe Can Set the Standard on Anti-money Laundering

By Financial Transparency Coalition

Dec-17-2013 | Fact Sheet

Anonymous shell companies, including those incorporated in the European Union (EU) are often used to hide the proceeds of crime, corruption, or corporate tax evasion... Read More »

Myths vs. Realities of Pentagon Spending

By William D. Hartung, Stephen Miles

Jul-17-2012 | Fact Sheet

As defense contractors play to American's fears of poor security to increase military spending, Bill Hartung and Stephen Miles reveal the facts about Pentagon spending... Read More »