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.

Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft

By William D. Hartung

Jan-22-2014 | Report

Lockheed Martin's assertions that the development and construction of the F-35 combat aircraft sustains 125,000 jobs in 46 states are exaggerated says Hartung, and his latest report documents how the real number is roughly half of what Lockheed Martin claims... Read More »

A Sustainable, Just and Peaceful World

By CIP

Dec-09-2013 | Report

Find out how CIP can make a difference in facing some of the world's largest problems... 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 »

Playing the Long Game in Ukraine

By Harry Blaney

Apr-19-2014 | Letter

There is little that is truly clear about the Ukraine crisis, and there have been a lot of far-fetched and unwise calls from the ideological extremes... Read More »

We still can’t afford the F-35

By William D. Hartung

Apr-14-2014 | Article

The troubled F-35 combat aircraft program has turned a corner. At least that’s what program advocates claimed last Tuesday at a hearing before the Airland Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee... Read More »

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

By William D. Hartung

Apr-01-2014 | Article

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the FY2015 Pentagon budget within the caps established in law... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

Nov-07-13 | Space: Bonchek Lecture Hall Building: Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Melvin Goodman, who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years and who taught at the National War College for over a decade will speak on his latest book... Read More »

Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future

Oct-18-13 | 2000 M Street NW Conference Room A

Please join us in a lively discussion on how Afghanistan’s rich history will affect its future with two experts who have over 80 years of combined experience analyzing the country’s historical and socio-political context... Read More »

Goodman at the New York Public Library

Jul-30-13 | New York Public Library

The former CIA analyst reveals why pumping more money into US military spending destabilizes both the economy and long-term national security... 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 »

CIP in the Press