Recent Publications & Commentary

Time to Reduce Economic Dependence on Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung, Miriam Pemberton

The Hill, October 2014 | Article

Continuing tensions in Ukraine, an expanding war in Iraq and Syria, and record stock prices for major firms like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics all seem to indicate happy days on the way for companies and communities that depend on Pentagon spending. But putting off planning for a transition from reliance on Pentagon spending would be a serious mistake... Read More »

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, October 2014 | Article

The cycle of violence that has been devastating the people of Iraq for 11 years is not working, will not work, and will only prolong the suffering of millions of Iraqis... Read More »

Stop Saying the Pentagon Can’t Pay for Our Wars

by Stephen Miles, Ethan Rosenkranz, Erica Fein

Defense One, October 2014 | Article

Recent flare-ups around the world have Washington politicians and their sympathizers predictably sounding the alarm bells over sequestration and calling for an increase in the Pentagon’s budget. Dire warnings by credible and powerful voices deserve to be taken seriously. Yet, a closer look reveals that the Pentagon has plenty of money sitting around with which to fund new contingencies... Read More »

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

by Carl Conetta

October 2014 | Report

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

How Best to Battle the Islamic State

by Harry Blaney

Washington Post, October 2014 | Letter

The United States can best help fight the Islamic State by using its best leveraged military technology, diplomacy, logistics, aerial capability and intelligence: exactly what President Obama and his national security team are doing... Read More »