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Pentagon Slush Fund Survives

by William D. Hartung

US News, Nov-18-2015 | Article

The use of the war budget as a slush fund is nothing new, but it has to stop. Even Obama and the secretary of defense object to Congress' Pentagon slush fund... Read More »

Rand Paul Is Right on Defense

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Nov-13-2015 | Article

A piece on Rand Paul's suggestion that conservatives should restrain the Pentagon budget if they are to be considered true "fiscal conservatives." It uses the Paul statement as a jumping off point to talk about all the reasons the Pentagon is overspending.... Read More »

We Need a Proper, Vetted National Defense Budget

by William D. Hartung

Wall Street Journal, Nov-03-2015 | Article

Sen. John McCain and Rep. Mac Thornberry’s arguments against President Obama’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) miss the point... Read More »

The “War Scare” in the Kremlin, Revisited: Is History Repeating Itself?

by Melvin A. Goodman

Counter Punch, Oct-27-2015 | Article

History seems to be repeating itself. Washington and Moscow are once again exchanging ugly broadsides over the confrontations in Ukraine and Syria. The Russian-American arms control and disarmament dialogue has been pushed to the background, and the possibilities of superpower conflict into the foreground. ... Read More »

An Indefensible Budget Deal

by William D. Hartung

US News, Oct-27-2015 | Article

The Pentagon doesn't deserve more money from Congress in the debt ceiling deal.... Read More »

Defense Veto Opens Door to Ending Pentagon Slush Fund

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Oct-26-2015 | Article

President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week is a positive step towards imposing long overdue discipline on the Pentagon budget. In vetoing the bill, he noted that it "fails to authorize funding for our national security in a fiscally responsible manner." This was a not-so-veiled reference to the fact that the bill relied on a budget gimmick - a multi-billion dollar Pentagon slush fund that violates the caps on Pentagon spending established in current law. For this reason alone, the veto deserves to be upheld.... Read More »

Expert To Speak At NMSU On Mexican Human Rights Crisis

by Laura Carlsen

Oct-26-2015 | Article

Last month Laura Carlsen served on the juror for the International Tribunal of Conscience where they issued an initial verdict regarding alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Mexican government and its allies in the U.S. and elsewhere... Read More »

Obama to Host President of World's Biggest Climate Backslider

by Glenn Hurowitz

Huffington Post, Oct-25-2015 | Article

When the Indonesian president visits Washington this week, Obama will be playing host to a world leader among the top ranks of climate polluters... Read More »

On the F-35, What Does Canada Know That the U.S. Doesn't?

by William D. Hartung

Huffington Post, Oct-22-2015 | Article

An important byproduct of the Liberal Party's victory in the Canadian election this week is the decision to cancel the proposed purchase of the F-35 combat aircraft.... Read More »

U.S. Arms Transfers to the Middle East: Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?

by William D. Hartung

Oct-19-2015 | Article

This post was originally presented by William D. Hartung, Senior Adviser to the Security Assistance Monitor program, at the event, “Crisis in Yemen: Humanitarian and Security Consequences of Military Support to the Region” hosted by the Forum on Arms Trade and Security Assistance Monitor.... Read More »

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