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 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.

Advancing a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By Bill Goodfellow

Nov-10-2014 | Report

Check out what the Center for International Policy has been up to in 2014 with our end-of-year brochure... Read More »

Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

By Carl Conetta

Oct-14-2014 | Report

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth... Read More »

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

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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 »

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 »

Making a Nuclear Deal With Iran Stick

By Charles Knight

Mar-24-2015 | Article

The security threat to Iran posed by "regime changers" in Washington was made abundantly clear by the invasion of Iraq in 2003. If Iran was inclined to develop a nuclear weapons option (i.e. achieve a breakout capability) in 2002, the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 made such a program appear to be a well-advised national security priority for Tehran... Read More »

Smarter Spending at the Pentagon Would Satisfy Defense and Deficit Hawks

By William D. Hartung

Mar-23-2015 | Article

The Pentagon wants more money. But the politics of Pentagon spending have gotten so contorted that it's hard to know who the important players are, much less how much money the department is likely to get when this year's budget wrangling is finally over. The final number will probably have less to do with partisan divisions than with resolving the split on the issue that exists inside the Republican Party... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

2016: The Foreign Policy Election?

Apr-15-15 | Georgetown

What are the major foreign policy issues surrounding the 2016 Presidential election? A panel discussion hopes to both analyze the specific issues essential to American foreign policy as well as discuss the role these issues will play as the 2016 Presidential Election approaches... Read More »

US Policy on Syria: War or Diplomacy?

By Carl Conetta

Sep-23-2013 | Fact Sheet

A selection of critical views and proposals on the way forward with Syria... Read More »

The American Public's View on U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

By Stephen Miles, Angela Miller

Sep-04-2013 | Fact Sheet

Win Without War compiled a fact sheet on opinions in the U.S. about a potential military intervention in Syria... Read More »

Four Decades of US Defense Spending

By Carl Conetta, Charles Knight,

Jan-25-2013 | Fact Sheet

A one page review and assessment of the change in US defense spending over 40 years... Read More »

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