Recent Publications & Commentary

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

by Jacob Marx

August 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 »

It’s Time to Sink the Littoral Combat Ship

by Jacob Marx, William D. Hartung

Defense One, August 2014 | Article

It is more important than ever that the Department of Defense spend taxpayer money wisely as the United States economy struggles and the Pentagon budget comes down from its post-World War II peak... Read More »

Stay out of Iraq: Opposing View

by William D. Hartung

USA Today, August 2014 | Article

In mid-June, President Obama announced that he would send a few hundred U.S. military personnel to Iraq to assess the capabilities of Iraqi security forces. Two months later, there are 1,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, and U.S. combat aircraft are flying daily bombing missions... Read More »

Mission Creep is Well Under Way in Iraq

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, August 2014 | Article

Whatever the Obama administration would like us to believe, it is now clear that mission creep is well under way. In mid-June the administration announced that it would send a few hundred advisors to assess the state of the Iraqi military... Read More »

Time to Rein in the Pentagon's Mysterious Slush Fund

by William D. Hartung

LA Times, August 2014 | Article

The Pentagon's 'war budget' is so open-ended, it could fund wars from Iran to Somalia... Read More »