Don’t Get Fooled Again: Pentagon Waste and Congressional Oversight

By William D. Hartung

Feb-10-2016 | Report

As Congress reviews the budget for the Pentagon and related programs for FY 2017, it should take action to prevent the rampant waste that has characterized the department’s operations in recent years. This report demonstrates that the Pentagon has a long way to go in rooting out waste and imposing basic budget discipline. Before the Department of Defense receives billions in additional taxpayer dollars, Congress should make sure that it has a plan to more efficiently spend the resources it is already receiving. The 27 examples in this report document over $33 billion in Pentagon waste. Many of the cases have only entered the public discussion recently, while some represent problems that have persisted for years... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

New Hampshire ranked 38th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $1.2 billion. It received $853 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 16th among the 50 states. Comparatively, New Hampshire received $1.5 billion in FY2013. As New Hampshire’s GDP was $68.7 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.2% of New Hampshire’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Report

Georgia ranked 14th in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

No need to boost war budget

By William D. Hartung

Feb-17-2016 | Article

The Pentagon’s proposed $582 billion budget is more than enough to address current security challenges. But members of Congress who agreed to this spending level in last year’s budget deal are already crying out for more... Read More »

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-04-2016 | Article

Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey... Read More »

A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

By William D. Hartung

Feb-03-2016 | Article

Waste at the Pentagon is nothing new. But recent revelations suggest that it may be reaching historic levels.... Read More »

The Cost of American Militarism

Feb-27-16 | Sarasota Peace and Justice Center: 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL

Mel Goodman will discuss The Cost of American Militarism Saturday, February 27, 7:00 PM... Read More »

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

Nov-20-15 | Temple Beth Shalom 205 E. Barcelona Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mel Goodman to speak on "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism" in Santa Fe... Read More »