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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 »

Media Ignoring Mattis's Ties to Top Defense Contractor

by William D. Hartung

The Real News Network, Dec-02-2016 | Interview

William Hurting says Trump's latest pick for Secretary of Defense is a gift to the defense industry ... Read More »

A policy of military restraint makes good sense

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, Nov-24-2016 | Letter

In addition to trillions of dollars in tax cuts and a $1 trillion infrastructure program, Mr. Trump has proposed a massive military spending binge while the Pentagon’s budget is already at historically high levels — higher than during the peak year of the Reagan administration’s buildup in the 1980s, after adjusting for inflation... Read More »

A Pentagon Rising: Is a Trump Presidency Good News for the Military-Industrial Complex?

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, Nov-22-2016 | Report

As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions. Early signs suggest, however, that those contradictions are likely to resolve themselves in favor of the usual suspects: the arms industry and its various supporters and hangers-on in the government, as well as Washington’s labyrinthine world of think-tank policymakers and lobbyists... Read More »

Work on a solution to reduce threat of nuclear weapons

by William D. Hartung

Times Union, Nov-21-2016 |

This year's presidential election raised an issue that we don't talk about much these days: the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. The issue has come up in a number of contexts... Read More »

The Next President Could Cut $1 Trillion in Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Oct-27-2016 |

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have called for substantial increases in Pentagon spending, which is already more than was spent at the height of the Reagan administration and substantially higher than the Cold War average... Read More »

Why Is It So Hard To Reduce The Pentagon Budget?

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Tom Dispatch , Oct-25-2016 |

Through good times and bad, regardless of what’s actually happening in the world, one thing is certain: in the long run, the Pentagon budget won’t go down.... Read More »

Trump Wants To Run America Like His Businesses? ‘God Help Us’

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post , Oct-21-2016 |

Donald Trump’s unwillingness to say whether he will accept the results of the November election drew most of the headlines after Wednesday night’s debate. But another statement was equally concerning: his pledge to run the country like he runs his businesses.... Read More »

Will Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton tame the Pentagon?

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Oct-17-2016 |

Speculation has begun about whether Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) can work together if she is elected president and the Republicans maintain their majority in the House.... Read More »

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