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Five Things Heritage Gets Wrong About Pentagon Spending

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-27-2016 | Article

The Heritage Foundation has asserted that Americans deserve an "honest debate" about the costs of national security. I couldn't agree more... Read More »


by Glenn Hurowitz

Jan-21-2016 | Article

Wilmar International Limited Policy Progress Update with commentary by Glenn Hurowitz, "Environmental Leadership in a Time of Challenge"... Read More »

Dr. King's Antiwar Legacy

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Jan-18-2016 | Article

Celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often center on the universalist rhetoric of his "I Have a Dream" speech and its call for a nation in which the founding promise of equal treatment for all will be fulfilled; a world in which "justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a might stream... Read More »

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Dec-16-2015 | Article

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer. The Pentagon's $600 billion-plus budget wastes tens of billions of dollars that could be put to better use. We need more spending discipline at the Pentagon, not more spending... Read More »

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

by William D. Hartung

Lobe Log , Dec-08-2015 | Article

The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the evolution of the current generation of Mideast wars... Read More »

Mercenaries in Yemen--the U.S. Connection

by Laura Carlsen

The Huffington Post, Dec-03-2015 | Article

Latin American mercenaries are leaving the ranks of the national armies of their countries to fight in the deserts of Yemen, wearing the uniform of the United Arab Emirates. They have been contracted by private US companies and in some cases directly by the government of the Arab country, which, thanks to vast oil reserves, has the second largest economy of the region... Read More »

Pentagon Waste Machine Is Still Well-Fueled

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Dec-03-2015 | Article

The Pentagon paid $43 million for a gas station in Afghanistan that was never used. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction estimates that the gas station should have cost about $500,000, but somehow it ended up costing 86 times that amount... Read More »

New Book Assesses State of 'America's War Machine' Five Decades After Ike's Speech

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-23-2015 | Article

The McCartneys' book provides a crisp, clear analysis of the state of the MIC more than 50 years after Eisenhower and his advisors coined the term. The authors deploy dozens of examples to make their case that unfortunately, the MIC is alive and well, with an outsized role in determining not only how much to spend on the Pentagon, but also on whether the country is at war or at peace... Read More »

Merchants of Menace: How US Arms Sales are Fueling Middle East Wars

by William D. Hartung

CounterPunch, Nov-20-2015 | Article

The majority of the Obama administration’s major arms sales have gone to the Middle East and Persian Gulf, with Saudi Arabia topping the list with over $49 billion in new agreements. This is particularly troubling given the complex array of conflicts raging throughout the region, and given the Saudi regime’s use of U.S.-supplied weaponry in its military intervention in Yemen... Read More »

News Flash: Bomber Lobby Wants More Bombers

by William D. Hartung

The Huffington Post, Nov-20-2015 | Article

The ink is barely dry on the Air Force's press release announcing the selection of Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor to build 100 new bombers, and the bomber lobby is already pushing to double that amount... Read More »

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