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Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here

by William D. Hartung

The New York Times, Mar-17-2017 |

The Trump administration on Thursday provided an outline of its first budget, a proposal that will dramatically reshape how the United States spends money on national security and defense. There is no question that the United States’ security spending patterns need to be rebalanced to better address urgent security challenges. The Trump budget will not do that... Read More »

Tomgram: William Hartung, The Generals vs. the Ideologues or the Generals and the Ideologues?

by William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Mar-05-2017 |

Let’s think about the logic of it all for a moment. The 2016 Pentagon budget came in at just over $600 billion and that royal sum, larger than the combined military investments of the next seven countries, was hardly the full measure of the money U.S. taxpayers spent on what we like to call “national security.” Add everything in -- including funding for the Department of Homeland Security and for veterans affairs -- and you’re approaching a trillion dollars annually, according to the Project on Government Oversight. No other country spends anything faintly like it, which means the United States has a military that, by any normal measure, is unmatched on planet Earth... Read More »

The Promise and Peril of H.R. McMaster

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Feb-22-2017 |

President Trump’s choice of H.R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national security advisor has elicited glowing words and sighs of relief among experienced foreign policy hands and mainstream journalists alike, and rightly so... Read More »

America Has Too Many Military Bases

by William D. Hartung

The National Interest, Feb-06-2017 |

Members of Congress have a hard time agreeing on virtually anything, and they’re already butting heads with the new president. But one issue should unite them: a new initiative to shrink the Pentagon’s massive overhead... Read More »

Tomgram: William Hartung, Investing in the Military (and Little Else)

by William D. Hartung

TomDispatch, Feb-02-2017 |

Last Friday, Donald Trump made his first visit to the Pentagon where he spoke of signing an order to begin “a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States,” something he’s been advocating for quite a while. As TomDispatch regular Bill Hartung indicates today, this will mean a massive surge in federal dollars pouring into the abyss of the Pentagon, which has shown itself quite capable of absorbing such moneys in the past and seems to lack the slightest ability to account for what’s done with them. (The Pentagon has never even managed to pass an audit.) We already know that this will mean more troops, more ships, more planes, and as a draft executive order for the new president put it, “a desire to invest in a host of military capabilities, including Special Operations forces and nuclear weapons.”... Read More »

What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Feb-02-2017 |

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers. He and his team are now promising that spending on defense and homeland security will increase dramatically in the years to come, even as domestic programs are slashed and entire civilian agencies shuttered... Read More »

To Curb Defense Spending

by William D. Hartung

The New York Times, Jan-23-2017 |

Although Donald Trump’s claim that he can eliminate the federal debt simply by eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse” is preposterous, there are tens of billions in efficiencies to be had... Read More »

Trump Should Cut Pentagon Waste and Craft a New Strategy

by William D. Hartung

The National Interest, Dec-21-2016 |

Over the past month, president-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against Pentagon waste, in what one analyst has described as “taking down the military-industrial complex, one tweet at a time.”... Read More »

What Will a Trump Administration Mean for U.S. Arms Sales to the Middle East?

by William D. Hartung

The National Interest, Dec-12-2016 |

As with many other issues, Donald Trump has made conflicting statements that make it hard to determine what a Trump administration might actually do in the Middle East... Read More »

Pentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Dec-06-2016 |

The revelation this week by “The Washington Post” that the Pentagon buried a report that exposed $125 billion in waste in the department’s administrative operations is just the latest indication that it is more interested in padding its budget than spending taxpayer dollars wisely... Read More »

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