Common Defense Campaign

About Common Defense Campaign

Winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and promoting affordable security.

The Center for International Policy’s Common Defense Campaign has three specific goals: 1) to wind down the war in Afghanistan; 2) complete the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; and 3) make real, lasting cuts in the military budget.  An equally important but harder to quantify goal is to change the way America relates to the rest of the world.  Gone are the days when America could go at it alone.

America spends well over one trillion dollars a year on the military when spending by other government departments is included, including the Energy Department’s budget for nuclear weapons and $81 billion for intelligence agencies.  Given that America’s annual deficit is about one-and-a-half trillion dollars, one could argue that military spending is all borrowed money.

The growing consensus that military spending must be brought under control presents an historic opportunity to both cut spending and also to reevaluate how and when America uses its military forces.  We see an opportunity for an alliance with conservatives who share our skepticism about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and believe that the Pentagon budget is rife with waste and unnecessary spending that has nothing to do with national defense.

The Common Defense Campaign coordinates the work of CIP’s five security projects: the Afghanistan Study Group, the Win Without War coalition, the Arms & Security Project, the Project on Defense Alternatives and the National Security Project.

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

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 | Fact Sheet

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 »

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Iran Deal Should Be First Step Towards a More Secure Middle East

By William D. Hartung

Jul-14-2015 | Article

Once the Iran nuclear deal is in place, the remaining, serious security issues in the region should be addressed diplomatically, not by pouring more arms into an area already wracked by conflict... Read More »

Management by McChrystal: Missing the Forest for the Trees?

By William D. Hartung

Jul-08-2015 | Article

McChrystal seems to miss the point that an unquestioning, “can-do” attitude in service of an ill-advised mission can do more harm than good. McChrystal’s book offers some useful insights on how to make decisions on the fly in a rapidly changing environment, but it has little to offer on the larger question of what objectives are ultimately worth pursuing... Read More »

Reject Navy's Budget Gimmick

By William D. Hartung, Erica Fein

Jun-30-2015 | Article

Congressional defense appropriators and authorizers are engaged in an oversight food fight over the Ohio-class replacement program to acquire the next-generation ballistic missile submarine... Read More »

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Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

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 | Fact Sheet

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 »

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

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