CounterPunch Digital Magazine Volume 23 no 1

By Melvin A. Goodman

Mar-30-2016 |

In this Issue: Inside the CIA: Melvin Goodman recounts his battles with William Casey and Robert Gates... Read More »

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 »

Military Spending In Maryland

By William D. Hartung

Oct-21-2015 | Report

Maryland is 4th in the country in Pentagon prime contract awards, receiving over $13.5 billion in FY 2014. It is 4th in the country for in contract awards per capita, with $2,260 being awarded per person in the state. Prime Pentagon spending accounted for 4.2% of Maryland’s overall GDP in FY 2014.... Read More »

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

By William D. Hartung

Apr-28-2016 | Article

It was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the history of Pentagon procurement. Last October an air surveillance blimp, designed to help protect the DC area from an attack by enemy cruise missiles, broke free of its moorings and went on a three hour joyride from its Maryland base until it finally crashed in a wooded area in northeast Pennsylvania... Read More »

Things Lawmakers Should Do Before They Complain About Military Readiness

By William D. Hartung

Apr-22-2016 | Article

A common refrain on Capitol Hill in recent months has been the need to increase Pentagon spending to address a readiness crisis caused by inadequate training and equipment. But few members of Congress have been willing to support simple budgetary changes that would help fix things. A few common-sense Congressional actions would go a long way toward funding troops’ preparedness... Read More »

As Saudis Continue Deadly Bombing of Yemen, Is Obama Trading Cluster Munitions for Riyadh's Loyalty?

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2016 | Interview

President Obama’s fourth visit to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council comes as human rights organizations have been pressing Congress to block arms sales to the kingdom in the wake of Saudi-led coalition strikes in Yemen. The United Nations estimates more than 3,000 civilians have been killed since the Saudi bombing campaign began last March. We speak with William Hartung, senior adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor, who recently wrote in The New York Times that "Obama Shouldn’t Trade Cluster Bombs for Saudi Arabia’s Friendship." Hartung is also the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. His latest book is called "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex."... Read More »

MELVIN GOODMAN Whistleblower at the C.I.A. Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert

Apr-14-16 | Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Advance tickets: $12 brownpapertickets.com T: 800-838-3006 or Books, Inc, Pegasus, Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s S.F. – Modern Times. $15 door... 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 »

Afghan Fulbright Event

Feb-15-16 | Center for International Policy

The Afghan Fulbright scholars spent a day at CIP developing a common position on strategies for building peace in Afghanistan... Read More »