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

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-26-2015 | 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, Mar-24-2015 | 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, Mar-23-2015 | 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, Mar-17-2015 | 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, Mar-13-2015 | 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 »

Greater Transparency Can Improve U.S. Security Assistance Programs

by Abigail Poe, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, Mar-12-2015 | Article

Security assistance – the arming and training of foreign military and police forces – is a crucial tool of U.S. foreign policy. The goal of this type of assistance is to foster stability, bolster allies, and promote human rights and good governance. Done well, these programs can make all of us safer by preventing or reducing armed conflict. Done poorly, they can be used to undermine human rights, fuel conflict, and enable corruption on the part of recipient governments... Read More »

David Petraeus and the Hypocrisies of National Security: The CIA’s Double Standard

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Mar-09-2015 | Article

The new poster child for the CIA’s double standard is none other than former CIA director General David Howell Petraeus, who escaped a jail sentence despite providing eight notebooks of highly classified information, including names of covert operatives, to his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell... Read More »

Did the CIA Really Get a “Bum Rap” on Torture?

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, Mar-04-2015 | Article

Last week, David Cole concluded that the CIA got a “bum rap” from the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse. As a result, he wrote an exculpatory brief for the CIA in the New York Times... Read More »

A Lot Could Go Wrong Here

by William D. Hartung

U.S. News, Mar-04-2015 | Article

Congress must demand transparency about Obama's new policy to expand exports of armed drones... Read More »

Letter to the Director of the National Protection Unit of Colombia's Interior Ministry

by CIP

Mar-02-2015 | Letter

CIP joins numerous other organizations and individuals in calling on Colombia's ministry of the interior to address the serious security issues faced by activists in Colombia... Read More »

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