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The black hole of Pentagon foreign aid

by Colby Goodman

The Hill, Mar-15-2016 | Article

During Sunshine Week, Americans celebrate access to public information as a cornerstone of democratic accountability. Only by knowing what our government is spending, and what policies it is carrying out on our behalf, can we ensure that officials are upholding the letter and spirit of the law and the will of the electorate... Read More »

More Transparency Is Needed on the Pentagon’s Military Aid Programs

by Colby Goodman, William D. Hartung

Sunshine Week, Mar-14-2016 | Article

Providing military and police aid to the security forces of other nations — also referred to as security assistance — has become a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The programs administered by the Department of Defense are of particular concern, since they are the least transparent and therefore the most likely to be abused... Read More »

Op-ed: 'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options

by Bill Goodfellow

Philly.com, Mar-08-2016 | Article

'Iraq syndrome' will limit new president's options. The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by deep disillusionment. A stark rift has opened between the two candidates and the two parties... Read More »

Lockheed Seeks to Save Troubled F-35 With Exaggerated Job Claims

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-08-2016 | Article

It's a time-tested ploy. When a weapons system can't be justified based on cost, capabilities, and need, the manufacturer touts how many jobs the program will create. So it is with Lockheed Martin and its troubled F-35 combat aircraft ... Read More »

Military Aid Should Do No Harm

by William D. Hartung

US News World Report, Mar-08-2016 | Article

The failures of U.S. military assistance programs far outpace the successes... Read More »

Libya and the Perils of Regime Change

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Mar-01-2016 | Article

The 2011 intervention in Libya was praised at the time as the right way to take military action against a repressive regime. The anti-Qaddafi effort was a true coalition effort, with European allies taking the initial lead in the bombing campaign, and with political support from the Arab League. And the overthrow of the regime was accomplished without putting U.S. troops in harm's way... Read More »

More Arms to Saudi Arabia: More Mideast Conflicts

by William D. Hartung

LobeLog, Mar-01-2016 | Article

According to a report released this week by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia have increased by an astonishing 279% between 2011 and 2015, compared with the prior five-year period. More then three quarters of the weaponry came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom... Read More »

No need to boost war budget

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Feb-17-2016 | Article

The Pentagon’s proposed $582 billion budget is more than enough to address current security challenges. But members of Congress who agreed to this spending level in last year’s budget deal are already crying out for more... Read More »

The New South American Political Map

by Laura Carlsen

Feb-13-2016 | Article

The election results in Venezuela and Argentina, the Brazilian crisis, and the erosion of the “citizens’ revolution” in Ecuador are part of a change in political climate that puts the transformative processes underway on the defensive... Read More »

More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Feb-04-2016 | Article

Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey... Read More »

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