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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 »

Funding Nuclear Security: Finding the Money

by William D. Hartung

Talking Points Memo Cafe, Apr-14-2011 | Article

A year ago this week, the Obama administration brought together 47 world leaders in Washington - the largest ... Read More »

Obama's Budget Plan: A Scorecard

by William D. Hartung

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/opinion/l15obama.html?_r=1, Apr-14-2011 | Letter

Your article about President Obama’s 12-year deficit reduction plan says that it will cut military spending by $400 bil... Read More »

The Libyan intervention has started a dialogue about military spending - Now let's look at the more expensive, never-ending Afghanistan war

by William D. Hartung

AlterNet, Apr-07-2011 | Article

Congress, the media, and the public are rightly asking whether America should be spending $1 billion or ... Read More »

A Heritage of Exaggeration

by William D. Hartung

Talking Points Memo Cafe, Apr-06-2011 | Article

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, there they go again. Even as the key players in the budget debate, from Pres... Read More »

America's Costliest War

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Apr-05-2011 | Article

Congress, the media, and the public are rightly asking whether America should be spending $1 billion or more... Read More »

Memorial to Purposelessness

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The Huffington Post, Feb-16-2011 | Article

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the US military offensive into Marjah in Helmand Province in southern... Read More »

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