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Arms Industry Job Claims: Don't Be Scared, Be Skeptical

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, Oct-26-2011 | Article

Military spending should not be seen as a jobs program. To paraphrase President Dwight D. Eisenhower, we should spend everything... Read More »

Misleading Job Claims Cloud Defense Spending Debate

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Oct-06-2011 | Article

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Boeing Corporation Vice-President James Albaugh, and House Armed Services Committee Chair Howard P. “Buck” McKeon have something in common: they are all arguing that scaling back the Pentagon’s spending plans will cost large numbers of jobs. ... Read More »

CNAS Report Underscores Need for a New Strategy

by William D. Hartung

Democracy Arsenal, Oct-06-2011 | Article

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) summarizes its new report on defense spending as follows: “U.S. Global Engagement Strategy at Risk If Defense Cuts Exceed $550 Billion Over Ten Years.” ... Read More »

Hollow Arguments on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Aug-10-2011 | Article

Opponents of proposed reductions in the Pentagon's spending plans have increasingly settled on one frightening phrase to sum up their arguments: the danger of a "hollow military."... Read More »

What If We Really Cut the Pentagon Budget?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Aug-02-2011 | Article

The good news is that the Pentagon budget is finally on the table in deficit reduction talks. But it will take a lot more hard work to ensure that it is truly reduced as part of ongoing negotiations over the size and shape of the federal budget.... Read More »

Seeking Defensive Savings

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Jul-19-2011 | Letter

The president’s proposed reduction of $400 billion in Pentagon spending over a decade should not be referred to as a “cut"... Read More »

Stop Aiding Human Rights Abusers in Bahrain

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jul-18-2011 | Article

While Congress has debated the merits and political legitimacy of the Obama administration's intervention in Libya, other Mideast democracy struggles have received far less scrutiny than they deserve.... Read More »

The High Prices of Nukes

by William D. Hartung

Talking Points Memo, Jul-13-2011 | Article

As President Obama and Republicans in Congress go down to the wire in negotiations over a package of budget cuts that would clear the way for raising the debt ceiling, we shouldn't lose sight of one key source of reductions: military spending.... Read More »

Prevention as the Best Defense

by William D. Hartung

Talking Points Memo Cafe, Jul-07-2011 | Article

President Obama and key members of Congress have finally acknowledged that any deal on the deficit must include reductions in Pentagon spending. The figures being discussed are far too small, but the principle has been accepted.... Read More »

Proposed Defense Cuts Aren't All That Deep

by William D. Hartung

The Wall Street Journal, Jul-07-2011 | Article

Donald Rumsfeld misses the mark in "The Peril of Deep Defense Cuts" (op-ed, July 1). The $400 billion in cuts proposed by the president are far from deep.... Read More »

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