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DONALD TRUMP’S HOLLOW PROMISES ON ARMS SALES TO JAPAN

by William D. Hartung

Inkstick, Nov-09-2017 | Article

It may not surprise you to learn that as with many other important issues, Donald Trump doesn’t understand how the global arms trade works... Read More »

A Vote This Week Could End U.S. Role In Yemen War

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log, Oct-11-2017 | Article

Yemen is in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in modern times, and the United States and its allies in Saudi Arabia bear a large part of the responsibility... Read More »

Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars for ‘Defense’ Are Really Going

by William D. Hartung

The Nation, Oct-10-2017 | Article

Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n.... Read More »

Tomgram: William Hartung, How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, Oct-08-2017 | Article

I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more? You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t? ... Read More »

The Foreign Policy Blueprint Hillary Shouldn’t Follow

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Jun-01-2016 | Article

Two weeks ago the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a report entitled “Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order.” It could just as easily have been entitled “What Hillary Should Do When She Gets Elected, and Why She Should Hire Us to Do It.” The report’s authors run the gamut from interventionist Republican neocons like Robert Kagan to Democratic hawks like Michele Fluornoy, the co-founder of CNAS and a possible candidate for Secretary of Defense in a Hillary Clinton administration. There is not a fresh or independent voice in the lot. As Stephen Walt rightly points out in his take-down of the report in Foreign Policy, this is at best a status quo document, and at worst a doubling down on the failed policies of the past two decades. And why should we expect otherwise? After all, as Walt notes, “the report’s signatories helped create many of the problems they now seek to fix, so you’d hardly expect them to cast a critical eye on their own handiwork.”... Read More »

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

by William D. Hartung

Middle East Online, May-25-2016 | Article

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, shines a bright light into the darkest corners of the Pentagon’s shady spending and accounting practices... Read More »

How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style

by William D. Hartung

Tom Dispatch, May-24-2016 | Article

TomDispatch regular Bill Hartung reveals another kind of Pentagon effort to obscure and obfuscate involving another kind of highly creative accounting: think slush funds, secret programs, dodgy bookkeeping, and the type of financial malfeasance that could only be carried out by an institution that is, by its very nature, too big to fail (inside the Beltway if not on the battlefield)... Read More »

Corruption in Military Aid Undermines Global Security

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, May-12-2016 | Article

This week the government of the United Kingdom is hosting a conference of leaders in business, government, and civil society aimed at tackling the urgent problem of global corruption. The conference’s stated goals are ambitious: to “expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide,” “punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption,” and “drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.”... Read More »

If You Hate Trump’s Foreign Policy, Wait Until You See Ted Cruz’s

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, May-02-2016 | Article

Donald Trump gave what was billed as a “major foreign policy speech” last week, with the aim of demonstrating that he has the knowledge, judgment, and temperament to be Commander-in-Chief. Trump failed the test... Read More »

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Apr-28-2016 | Article

It was one of the most embarrassing episodes in the history of Pentagon procurement. Last October an air surveillance blimp, designed to help protect the DC area from an attack by enemy cruise missiles, broke free of its moorings and went on a three hour joyride from its Maryland base until it finally crashed in a wooded area in northeast Pennsylvania... Read More »

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