US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015

By Security Assistance Monitor

May-03-2017 | Report

Washington, DC – The number of US foreign military trainees increased substantially in FY 2015, growing from 56,346 in FY 2014 to 79,865 in FY 2015, according to a new Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) report released today on trends in US foreign military training. The report, which is based on an analysis of the US “Foreign Military Training” report released earlier this year, marks the highest number of US military trainees in any year since FY 2006... Read More »

The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm

By William D. Hartung

Apr-12-2017 | Report

The Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Center for International Policy released a report today on the proposed Trump military budget in historical, strategic, and budgetary perspective. The report entitled, The Military Budget and the Costs of War: The Coming Trump Storm, reveals the full costs of U.S. spending on national security-related functions and demonstrates that much of that money is being misspent due to special interest lobbying and a distorted view of what will make America and its allies safer... Read More »

Whistleblower at the CIA

By Melvin A. Goodman

Feb-01-2017 | Book

Mel Goodman will be lecturing at the University of North Carolina on October 3rd and at Yale University on October 17th. His book "Whistleblower at the CIA" will be published February 2017 and is posted on Amazon.com for advance sale. See more at melvingoodman.com.... Read More »

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

By William D. Hartung

Jun-20-2017 |

At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small thing to say)... Read More »

Reality of North Korean Missiles vs. the Mythology of Missile Defense

By Melvin A. Goodman

Jun-16-2017 |

Last month, the mainstream media endorsed the Pentagon’s description of a collision between an American interceptor rocket and a mock intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean as the “first successful test of whether it could shoot down a North Korean warhead racing toward the United States.” Nonsense!... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: German lessons for America: Second Look

By Harry Blaney

Jun-11-2017 |

I wholeheartedly agree with USA TODAY’s editorial “What U.S. can learn from Germany."... Read More »

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CIP in the Press
  • In-Depth Interview: CIA Whistleblower Mel Goodman Talks About His New Book and Politicization of CIA

    Melvin A. Goodman interviewed

    The Peter Collins Show, 06-23-17

    Mel Goodman is an expert on Russia who blew the whistle by testifying against the confirmation of Robert Gates to head the CIA in 1991. In his new book, he details that experience, and gives us many reasons not to trust the CIA today.Goodman's latest book is Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence...Read More »

  • An In-Depth Look at the Deep State & Shadow Government

    William D. Hartung quoted

    Collective Evolution, 06-21-17

    Shadow government and deep state are both political terms in a sense, as they’re used to define the groups of people who control the U.S. government. I’m not referring to the people within political parties that perceivably control the system — not the Presidents or Congress — but the individuals and the companies who control the government and influence policies and decisions...Read More »

  • Your Call: Whistleblower at the CIA

    Melvin A. Goodman interviewed

    KALW, 06-21-17

    Goodman says the system for keeping America's intelligence community accountable is broken. Federal employees fear reprisal if they reveal violations. When whistleblowers leak information, the contents of their disclosures don't become the target of investigations or media attention, they do. Why is whistleblowing so important...Read More »