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Trump’s Space Force

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Sep-26-2018 | Article

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said — and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation — “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force... Read More »

Trump’s Space Force Is Putting Us All in Danger

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Sep-25-2018 | Article

On June 18th, President Trump announced that he was directing the Pentagon to develop a new branch of the U.S. military, a “Space Force” that would give the U.S. “dominance” in that realm. It would be, he said -- and here he used a classic phrase from the Jim Crow era of racial segregation -- “separate but equal” to the U.S. Air Force... Read More »

WILL $100 MILLION IN DEFENSE CEO SALARIES MAKE US SAFER?

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, Sep-24-2018 | Article

The Senate just approved a $675 billion Pentagon spending bill by a vote of 85 to 7. When defense-related activities like nuclear warhead research and development at the Department of Energy are taken into account, the total figure is well north of $700 billion... Read More »

Congress Can Help End The Suffering In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Sep-19-2018 | Article

The Saudi intervention in Yemen—carried out with U.S support—ranks alongside the war in Syria as the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe. Without concerted action by Congress, things will get worse before they get better... Read More »

A Common Threat Is Uniting Prosecutors, Law Enforcement, International & Domestic Gun Violence Prevention Groups

by William D. Hartung

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Aug-17-2018 | Article

There has always been some cross over between international concerns over small arms gun trafficking, and the domestic priorities of U.S. gun violence prevention groups... Read More »

Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Aug-14-2018 | Article

The administration is fulfilling the National Rifle Association’s wildest dreams... Read More »

Will The Trump Administration Attack Iran?

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-31-2018 | Article

In a move that set off alarm bells among those concerned about the potential consequences of the harsh turn in U.S.-Iranian relations, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported last week that unnamed “senior officials” of the Australian government were suggesting that the Trump administration was crafting a plan to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities as early as August... Read More »

Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster In Yemen

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Jul-18-2018 | Article

The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred the largest cholera outbreak in current memory. It’s hard to imagine the situation getting much worse, but it could, and soon... Read More »

NATO Already Vastly Outspends Russia. Its Problems Are Not About Money.

by William D. Hartung

Defense One, Jul-17-2018 | Article

The alliance’s security issues can’t be fixed by a traditional military buildup... Read More »

Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses

by Laura Carlsen

The Hill, Jul-15-2018 | Article

This was the last week for public comments on the Trump administration’s plan to reduce restrictions on the export of firearms from the United States. There was much to criticize. A number of arms control, human rights, and firearms safety groups have submitted detailed critiques of the proposed firearms export rule... Read More »

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