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The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe”

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, March 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

Huffington Post, March 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

LA Times, March 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 »

Pentagon Budget Outlook: Cloudy With a Chance of Slush

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, March 2015 | Article

It's an open secret that the Pentagon has routinely been using the war budget - known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account - as a slush fund to pay for items that don't fit within the caps on its base budget that are currently the law of the land... Read More »

McCain Needs to Face Reality on Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, March 2015 | Article

In his latest attempt to make the case for higher Pentagon spending, McCain joined his House counterpart, House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), on the pages of the Wall Street Journal to decry "The Pentagon's Dangerous Defense Cuts." The piece trots out the usual arguments for throwing more money at the Pentagon, but it is no more persuasive than McCain's prior pleas for higher spending... Read More »