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Obama's Missed Opportunity on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jan-23-2012 | Article

The Obama administration's defense strategy review, unveiled at the Pentagon on January 6, is under attack. Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has argued that the plan is naive and dangerous, while numerous independent experts have rightly criticized the plan for being too timid in its pursuit of Pentagon spending reductions.... Read More »

The Obama Defense Plan: Roadmap for Continuing Global Hegemony

by William D. Hartung

Americas Program, Jan-16-2012 | Article

The Obama administration’s defense strategy review, unveiled at the Pentagon on January 6th, is already under attack. Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has argued that the plan is naïve and dangerous. Independent experts such as Russell Rumbaugh of the Washington, DC-based Stimson Center have criticized the plan for being too timid in its pursuit of Pentagon spending reductions... Read More »

Plans for Big Cuts in Military Spending

by William D. Hartung

NY Times, Jan-12-2012 | Letter

Letter to the Editor: “A Shrinking Military Budget May Take Neighbors With It” (“The Next War” series, front page, Jan. 7) overstates the importance of Pentagon... Read More »

Obama's Military Strategy Review: Seeking Real Reform

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, Jan-04-2012 | Article

Tomorrow morning the Obama administration will present the findings of its latest national security strategy review. The review has been undertaken with an eye towards scaling back Pentagon spending in a way that best provides for the defense of the country... Read More »

America's Nuclear Options

by William D. Hartung

LA Times, Nov-22-2011 | Letter

Letter to the Editor: Michael O'Hanlon is right to target nuclear weapons projects for budget cuts. But there is more that can be done to save money in this area without compromising our security... Read More »

Stay Tuned: New Ad Calls for Debate on Nuclear Weapons

by William D. Hartung

TPM Café, Nov-22-2011 | Article

In the first Republican presidential debate on national security issues, held on November 12th, the closest the Republican candidates came to holding a discussion on nuclear weapons... Read More »

Arms and the Super Committee

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-18-2011 | Article

As the Congressional super committee moves towards its deadline for developing a deficit reduction plan, we need to make sure that its decisions reflect the national interest, not special interests... Read More »

Defense spending on the chopping block

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, Nov-12-2011 | Letter

William D. Hartung's letter to the editor: Automatic cuts to military spending are not an ideal approach because they interfere with rational planning... Read More »

Defense budget alarmism necessitates journalistic skepticism

by William D. Hartung

Nieman Watchdog, Nov-07-2011 | Article

Defense expert Bill Hartung offers ways to put the Pentagon's cries of poverty into a little context... Read More »

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 »

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